Ten years ago legendary guitarist KK Downing left iconic metal Gods Judas Priest behind and has for the most part been very, very quiet – till today.
Downing has reemerged – and he brought a new band along with him. Dubbed KK’s Priest – Downing has teamed up with one-time Judas Priest (and pride of Akron, Ohio) singer Tim (Ripper) Owens –Tony Newton on bass, A.J. Mills on guitar, and Sean Elg on drums. Put them all together and you get this – – – –
From the press release:
“KK’s PRIEST, the band comprised of renowned former Judas Priest guitarist, KK Downing and former vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, is pleased to announce the release of SERMONS OF THE SINNER via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records on August 20. Today fans are able to pre-order the debut album in various configurations including an exclusive limited-edition autographed Metal Vinyl (Silver Disc) with bonus CD Album, via the band’s online store here: https://found.ee/KKsPriest. The album can be pre-saved via all global digital streaming partners as well.
The powerful first single from SERMONS OF THE SINNER, entitled “Hellfire Thunderbolt”, is also available today and features a stunning new performance video HERE. Of the song Downing explains, “We are delighted to finally be able to release our first track to the world. It gives a real flavour of the sound and showcases the amazing players I’ve got in this band. We can’t wait for the fans to hear the record.”
With Downing on guitar, KK’s PRIEST also features ex-Judas Priest member Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals, who fronted the band for eight years and recorded two studio albums, Jugulator, featuring the GRAMMY® nominated track “Bullet Train,” and Demolition, plus two live albums. They are joined by Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) on bass, A.J. Mills (Hostile) on guitar, and Sean Elg (DeathRiders/Cage) on drums. Original drummer, Les Binks, unfortunately, sustained a wrist injury but will make special guest live appearances when the band tours.
SERMONS OF THE SINNER is an incredible collection of future metal classics, sure to be one of the stand-out metal releases of 2021. K.K Downing’s genre-defining guitar style helped establish Judas Priest‘s iconic sound and helped propelled them to one of the top Heavy Metal bands of all-time, earning numerous accolades including a GRAMMY® in 2010 for “Best Metal Performance,” a total of five GRAMMY® nominations and multi-platinum and gold releases.
Full album tracklisting for SERMONS OF THE SINNER as follows
2. HELLFIRE THUNDERBOLT
3. SERMONS OF THE SINNER
4. SACERDOTE Y DIABLO
5. RAISE YOUR FISTS
6. BROTHERS OF THE ROAD
7. METAL THROUGH AND THROUGH
8. WILD AND FREE
9. HAIL FOR THE PRIEST
10. RETURN OF THE SENTINEL
The band promises a world wide tour as soon as COVID restrictions start to ease – which is happening as you read this so – keep an eye, we should be seeing these old school rockers at a club near you soon.