The official video for “Spectre”, a brand new song from British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s latest album, “Firepower”, which is being released today (Friday, March 9) via Epic. The follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band’s longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). The cover artwork for “Firepower” was created by the Chilean/Italian digital artist and photographer Claudio Bergamin.
The clip is a performance based video shot in black and white with isolated shots on each member and we even get a nice glimpse of the custom guitar adorned with the blazing Firepower artwork which is wielded by Glenn Tipton. The song centers around an eerie lead and slugging midtempo riff that conveys an ominous sense of doom. Richie Faulkner is the highlight on this one, texturing the song with simple lead squeals and a classic Priest solo on his Flying V.
Asked by the WSOU 89.5 FM radio station if “Firepower” is a “heavier” record than 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls”, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner said: “I think ‘heavy’ means so many different things — it could be heavy in terms of sound, it could be heavy in terms of speed, it could be heavy in terms of lyrical content. So it’s hard to know what someone’s interpretation of ‘heavy’ means. But I think it’s a more energetic record — I think there’s more fire in it — which is one of the reasons why ‘Firepower’ was a relevant title to call the record. It’s got that kind of intensity. I don’t think ‘Redeemer’ was lacking in that respect, but this one’s definitely got more of it. It’s got fast stuff, it’s got groovier stuff.”
JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton announced last month that he will be sitting out the band’s touring activities as a result of his battle with Parkinson’s disease, with which he was diagnosed a decade ago. You can read our own review of Firepower at this location.