Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has discussed the current state of their genre heavy metal and revealed how they keep the genre alive.

K.K. Downing was the guitarist of the heavy metal band Judas Priest from 1970 to 2011. After his departure from the band, K.K. Downing has launched KK’s Priest with the former Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens in 2019.

Recently, K.K. Downing has appeared to talk about the new-released debut studio album of the band, Sermons Of The Sinner. According to K.K. Downing, the album will encourage young musicians to make music about heavy metal.

“The album ‘Sermons Of The Sinner’ is a big kind of message,” Downing said. “There’s things in there. We need to heed the warning that us dinosaurs… I’m actually gonna be 70 years old this year. And you never know what’s gonna happen in life.

“And one thing’s for sure, that we’ve had so many great decades of so many great bands with so much great music. And hopefully ‘Sermons Of The Sinner’, the album, can encourage young and old musicians alike to continue to write and play songs and play music like that.”

Downing Hopes The Album Will Keep The Music Alive

K.K. Downing added his words that he hopes that his new band and the debut album will keep the heavy metal alive. He has also touched on the newest heavy metal bands and said that they will tour all over the world full of energy.

“And hopefully we can go forward into the future and keep the music alive,” he continued. “Because one day all the people that played their very important parts in the ’60s, the ’70s and the ’80s, we will no longer be here. And hopefully our music won’t just be a page in the history book in the future; hopefully there’ll be lots of bands.

“So let’s see other bands, a new wave of heavy metal bands. I know there’s lots of good bands down there in South America, Central America.

“So hopefully when the COVID disappears we’ll have a new energy with lots of new bands and lots of great tours, making lots of great albums. And we can continue on from there and be as strong as ever.”

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