Judas Priest Launches Pledge Music For ‘Firepower’ Album, Watch ‘Lightning Strike’ Video

Judas Priest has released the official video for “Lightning Strike,” a brand new song from the band’s upcoming album, Firepower, which will be released on March 9 via Epic.

Singer Rob Halford comments about “Lightning Strike”: “To me, the overall concept of this song is to use the element of a lightning strike to pull away and tear apart at an individual, at a body of people, maybe an organization, maybe an administration, that is kind of leading you, or leading us, into potentially a destructive place. You’re kind of spinning that effect round, and you have the right to react and to do something about it. So that, in essence, is what this song is all about.”

“You’re sowing the seeds of a nightmare from hell, your friends and your demons are tolling the bell,” Halford sings on the track. “Walking through fire, fate’s in my hands, waiting for lightning to strike.”

Judas Priest could easily rest on their laurels at this stage of their highly successful and influential career. However, the legendary metal band – Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis – refuse to do so as evidenced by the arrival of their eighteenth studio album overall, Firepower.

Firepower is comprised of fourteen tracks of pure and highly inspired metal. And to mark the occasion Priest has reunited with producer Tom Allom (the man behind the board for all of the band’s releases from 1979-1988, including such stellar classics as Unleashed In The East, British Steel, Screaming For Vengeance and Defenders Of The Faith) and with Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Sneap also helping to raise the sonic bar even higher.

“Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing,” explains Halford. “And Andy is a bit more of a ‘modern metal producer’ but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom’s. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy’s world is was just a remarkable coalescence.”

“Tom Allom has been with us since 1979, so his knowledge of ourselves and our music in general is immense,” adds Hill. And according to Travis, Priest returned back to a recording method that worked incredibly well on the band’s earlier classics – “We went back to the organic way of recording where it’s all of us in a room and we got to play together.”

The exclusive PledgeMusic pre-order begins today which includes exclusive limited autographed colored vinyl, autographed vinyl test pressings, an exclusive Judas Priest t-shirt and an extremely limited number of Judas Priest autographed guitars.

Firepower track listing:

01. Firepower
02. Lightning Strike
03. Evil Never Dies
04. Never The Heroes
05. Necromancer
06. Children of the Sun
07. Guardians
08. Rising From Ruins
09. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea Of Red