New Judas Priest LP ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ enters UK Top 20

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British heavy metal legends Judas Priest have entered the official UK Top 20 with new album, Redeemer Of Souls.

Their 17th studio album currently sits at No.12 in the chart, their third best placing of their entire career. Only their 1980 classic album British Steel and it’s follow up Screaming For Vengeance have placed higher.

Speculation was rife that Priest might split up following departure of guitarist KK Downing in 2011, but speaking in interview on Nikki Sixx’s Sixx Sense radio show, frontman Rob Halford said Redeemer… wouldn’t be the band’s last LP: “No. Absolutely not,” he replied when asked.

He also revealed that Redeemer Of Souls’ title track is his current favourite, explaining: “It’s very precise, articulate song and it carries all the classic vibe of Judas Priest.”

You can listen to the title track from Redeemer Of Souls below:

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La Roux’s Ben Langmaid: “I’m truly saddened that it has ended this way.”

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Ben Langmaid, former musical partner of La Roux’s Elly Jackson, has issued a statement about his departure from the band.

During the course of the making of new album Trouble In Paradise, Jackson and Langmaid parted ways, with Jackson saying “there wasn’t a great deal of understanding” between the two during the writing and recording process.

Langmaid has now responded in a statement published in this week’s NME.

“When we began writing again in 2011 the early ideas we had needed a lot of work,” he says. “We were on the same page and both wanted to improve on the first album. We were united in that. ‘Let Me Down Gently’ is one of my favourite tracks. I don’t remember having a problem with it. But I do remember asking our manager if we could start things with this song when we first played it to him two and a half years ago.”

“We’ve had creative differences in the past (what band hasn’t?) but we always got through them and usually the music benefits,” he continues. “I am truly saddened that it has ended this way, but I am immensely proud of what we achieved together. We wrote five great songs together, all of which are on the album. I’m looking forward to the record being a great success and I shall enjoy watching it unfold. I have immense pride in the part I played; no one can take that away from me.”

The statement details that Langmaid has co-written five of the nine songs on Trouble In Paradise, and has second-line production credits on a further two, including ‘Let Me Down Gently’.

The album is scheduled for release on the 7th of July.

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