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Judas Priest Bring Back Classic Producer Tom Allom, Name Rest of Production Team for New Album

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Judas Priest promised to remain dedicated to writing their new album in 2017, which will act as the follow-up to 2014’s excellent Redeemer of Souls. It will be the second for axeman Richie Faulkner, who replaced K.K. Downing in 2011, and the album now has a chance to bear that classic Priest production.

Twisting the knobs and sliding the faders on Priest’s forthcoming record will be classic producer Tom Allom along with modern day masters Andy Sneap and Mike Exeter.

Allom is best known for serving as the engineer on Black Sabbath‘s monumental first two albums as well as everything from Judas Priest spanning 1979’s Unleashed in the East through 1988’s Ram it Downalong with work on the A Touch of Evil: Live album from 2009 and more.

Sneap’s production credits include work with Carcass, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Accept, Testament, Killswitch Engage, Amon Amarth and a wealth of others. Exeter is returning to work on his second consecutive Priest album, having mixed and produced Redeemer of Souls alongside guitarist Glenn Tipton.

Priest collectively summed up this news succinctly and effectively, stating, “all very exciting!”

Fans will have to wait until next year before witnessing the ‘Metal Gods’ back onstage. In November, Faulker had stated the band was in and out of the studio working on new material, adding that they will not be touring until 2018. In the meantime, fans can dip back into the band’s history with the elaborate re-release of Turbo in celebration of the album’s 30th anniversary last year, featuring bonus live content and more.

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