Judas Priest Releases Their 19th Studio Album “Invincible Shield”

Judas Priest Invincible Shield Album Cover

Continuing on their incredible run of over 50 years, Judas Priest’s new album, “Invincible Shield“, is being released today March 8, 2024, by Sony Music. This marks their first album in six years. The release of “Firepower” in 2018, has many fans regarding this album as their best album since ”Painkiller” released in 1990. Will the Metal God continue to provide? Read on to find out.

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In a recent interview with Ultimate Guitar, guitarist Richie Faulkner discusses the new, yet familiar sound of the record.

“It’s actually not a guitar synth. It’s an actual synth, like a keyboard. You’re right though, the flavor of a synth, with things like ‘Turbo’, when that idea came up, it was valid because of the groundwork that Priest laid down in the past. I came up with that intro and did a synth version of it, and it grew from there. You put an idea down and things grow. I just thought it was appropriate. It sounded right as a synth and it fit in with the history of things. So, we went with it.”

Richie channels a famous guitarist from the past…

“I think the title track has got a lot of stuff in it. It’s got a lot of riffage in it. So, I’m proud of that one in that sense. It’s got a lot of stuff going on, a lot of interesting guitar parts, and the solo section is its own little section. I was going for a Randy Rhoads-style flavor. But all of them for different reasons. You put a lot of work into each song, both individually and as a writing team, to get them as good as they can be.”

Proving any doubters wrong, Richie and Judas Priest are still committed to heavy metal.

“‘Panic Attack’, ‘Trial by Fire’ is a bit of a different rhythm on the guitar, the title track, ‘The Serpent and the King.’ And you’ve got to be proud of them, otherwise there’s no point in releasing songs or a record.’ ‘Firepower’ was a well-received record, and if we’re not 1,000% behind what we’re doing as a band and as musicians on this, there’s no point in releasing it.”

Yes, indeed, the Heavy Metal God continues to provide. “Invincible Shield” is going to be another fan favorite and further to cements Judas Priest’s legacy in heavy metal. Rob Halford’s voice still defies father time. 

“Invincible Shield” Album tracks:

  1. Panic Attack
  2. The Serpent And The King
  3. Invincible Shield
  4. Devil In Disguise
  5. Gates Of Hell
  6. Crown Of Horns
  7. As God Is My Witness
  8. Trial By Fire
  9. Escape From Reality
  10. Sons Of Thunder
  11. Giants In The Sky

Deluxe edition bonus tracks:

  1. Fight Of Your Life
  2. Vicious Circle
  3. The Lodger
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Judas Priest’s 2024Invincible Shield Tour” Dates:

04/18 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre
04/19 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
04/21 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
04/24 – Bangor, ME @ Cross Insurance Center
04/25 – Boston, MA @ MGM Music Hall at Fenway
04/27 – Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Center
04/28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Everwise Amphitheater at White River
05/01 – Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
05/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
05/04 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Event Center
05/05 – Maryland Heights, MO @ St Louis Music Park
05/07 – Huntsville, AL @ VBC Propst Arena
05/09 – Daytona, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
05/11 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
05/12 – Mobile, AL @ Mobile Civic Center Arena
05/14 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
05/17 – Evansville, IN @ Ford Center
05/19 – Washington, DC @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor
05/21 – Albany, NY @ MVP Arena
05/22 – Syracuse, NY @ Empower Federal Credit Union Amphitheater at Lakeview

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