From the tabletop to the swamp: Greg’s top 10 of 2018

By Greg Maki ----- Everyone is welcome to have an opinion, but with respect, anyone who still thinks rock is dead wasn’t paying attention throughout the year that’s about to end. In 2018, it was a rare week that didn’t feature at least one or two new releases in hard rock or metal to get... Continue Reading →

Judas Priest announces spring/summer 2019 North American tour

Judas Priest has announced North American tour dates for spring/summer 2019. Classic metal band Uriah Heep will be on board as support. Kicking off on May 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and wrapping up on June 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada,... Continue Reading →

Judas Priest scores highest U.S. chart debut of career with ‘Firepower’

Judas Priest's 18th studio album, "Firepower" (read Live Metal's review), released March 9, has debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart—its highest chart placement ever in the United States. “This is incredible news, that our band Judas Priest—of nearly 50 years standing, can stay popular and relevant enough to gain our highest first... Continue Reading →

LIVE RECAP: Judas Priest – 03/18/18 – The Anthem – Washington, D.C.

LIVE PHOTOS: Judas Priest, Saxon, Black Star Riders ----- Review by Greg Maki ----- First, in 2011, guitarist K.K. Downing retired, and in response, Judas Priest didn’t just continue; the venerable metal act flourished with the addition of new axe-slinger Richie Faulkner. Then in early 2018, the band’s other longtime guitarist, Glenn Tipton, announced he... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Judas Priest – ‘Firepower’

Review by Greg Maki ----- Forty-nine years and 18 studio albums in, we all know what to expect from Judas Priest. Through nearly five decades, the band has never wavered, not even when the Metal God himself walked away in the 1990s. Priest’s commitment to metal is unparalleled—if anything, it’s only grown stronger over time.... Continue Reading →

Judas Priest unleashes ‘Firepower’ title track

The buzz surrounding legendary metal band Judas Priest’s forthcoming album, "Firepower," is undeniably growing louder—on the strength of the video clip for the track “Lightning Strike,” as well as many of the limited edition purchasing options made available for fans via PledgeMusic already being sold out. And it soon will reach a fever pitch with the... Continue Reading →

Judas Priest to release ‘Firepower’ on March 9

Judas Priest easily could rest on its laurels at this stage of its career. However, the legendary metal band--singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis--refuses to do so, as evidenced by the impending arrival of its 18th studio album overall, "Firepower," which can be pre-ordered here: http://smarturl.it/ Firepower. Set for release Friday, March 9, via... Continue Reading →

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