Mask of Judas Streaming New Music Video “The Conspirator” From Brand New Album “The Mesmerist”

UK progressive death metal outfit Mask of Judas recently revealed a crushingly heavy yet soulful track ‘The Conspirator’ with accompanying music video, which you can view below.

“The Conspirator” is taken from their brand new album “The Mesmerist”, for which a full-album stream is available below as well:

TRACK LIST:

1. Mesmerist
2. Human
3. The Conspirator
4. Alive
5. Sycophant
6. Gravity
7. Brand New Conquest
8. Empire
9. Siren
10. Narcissus

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Glenn Tipton Rejoins Judas Priest On Stage For Encores In San Francisco

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton revealed earlier this year that he was struggling with Parkinson’s Disease and he won’t be touring with the band for the time being. Clarifying later that, he would still get up on stage for some songs here and there.

Glenn Tipton first kept that promise on March 20 in Newark, NJ, when he joined Judas Priest on stage for three songs. Past week he’s done it again at the band’s April 19 performance in San Francisco, CA. Tipton played “Metal Gods”, “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight”.

Filling in for Tipton on the road has been Judas Priest producer Andy Sneap.

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Ex-Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing “Shocked And Stunned” He Wasn’t Approached To Rejoin The Band

Ex-Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing isn’t pleased that he wasn’t approached to fill in for Glenn Tipton, who was recently forced to step down from live shows due to his ongoing struggles with Parkinson’s disease. Judas Priest have since tapped producer/musician Andy Sneap to step in at their forthcoming live appearances.

K.K. retired from Judas Priest back in 2011 due to some differences in opinion with their management and was replaced by Richie Faulkner.Tells Downing in a recently shared statement:

“The news that Glenn has finally been forced to come to terms with his unfortunate condition long term came with deep regret and sadness for me. Equally, this ending of our guitar duo era is also something that I have to come to terms with.

The insatiable appetite that myself and Glenn had for creating inspired and unique music for the world to enjoy for many decades, is something that can never be erased. However, everyone who has witnessed the evolution of our beloved music must come to terms with the fact that things will inevitably change, or just simply end.

I have to state with great sadness also that I am shocked and stunned that I wasn’t approached to step into my original role as guitarist for Judas Priest. Whether I could have stepped back into the band or not, the potential for this situation arising never entered my head when I departed – although I too am officially and legally still a member of Judas Priest.

However, I know now more clearly than ever that I did the right thing by leaving the band when I did – as it seems that my time spent in the band, and my value in terms of crafting its huge legacy, was and is unappreciated by more than one member. I sincerely hope, for the fans’ sake, that the decision not to approach me was not a financial one.

I know Andy Sneap – and he is one of the greatest contributors to rock and metal that you will ever have the privilege to meet. To that end I have no doubt that his contribution to the new Judas Priest album was much more than just as a producer. All that’s left is for you the fans to go out and enjoy the band as it is, in order to complete a part of music history in which every one of you has played such an important role.

K.K.“

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Judas Priest Guitarist Glenn Tipton Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease – Takes A Break From Touring

10 years ago, Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with the access of the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Nevertheless the 70-year-old heavy metal veteran has lived his life as the great live guitarist he has always been known for.

At present, Tipton is able to perform some of the less challenging Judas Priest tracks, but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression, he wants to let the fans know that he won’t be touring with the band for the time being. Glenn Tipton has requested Judas Priest producer and Hell guitarist Andy Sneap to step in for him.

Says Glenn: “I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band – it’s simply that my role has changed. I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not-too-distant future, I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again.”

States the band:

“We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest. He is a true metal hero! We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the ‘Firepower’ tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real. As Glenn has said, we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road. We love you, Glenn!”

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Judas Priest Guitarist Glenn Tipton Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease – Takes A Break From Touring

10 years ago, Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with the access of the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Nevertheless the 70-year-old heavy metal veteran has lived his life as the great live guitarist he has always been known for.

At present, Tipton is able to perform some of the less challenging Judas Priest tracks, but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression, he wants to let the fans know that he won’t be touring with the band for the time being. Glenn Tipton has requested Judas Priest producer and Hell guitarist Andy Sneap to step in for him.

Says Glenn: “I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band – it’s simply that my role has changed. I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not-too-distant future, I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again.”

States the band:

“We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest. He is a true metal hero! We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the ‘Firepower’ tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real. As Glenn has said, we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road. We love you, Glenn!”

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Judas Priest Posts New Video, “Lightning Strike” Online, Reveals Release Date And Tracklisting

British heavy metal icons Judas Priest has posted a new music video online for the song, “Lightning Strikes.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s forthcoming new album, “Firepower,” which is scheduled to be released on March 9th. “Firepower” is the first Judas Priest album since 2014’s, “Redeemer Of Souls” and their second to feature Ritchie Faulkner after he replaced founding member KK Downing in 2011.

The band has also revealed the tracklisting for “Firepower,” which reads as follows:

1. Firepower
2. Lightning Strike
3. Evil Never Dies
4. Never the Heroes
5. Necromancer
6. Children of the Sun
7. Guardians
8. Rising from Ruins
9. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red

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Broken Cross Completes Second LP “Militant Misanthrope” For Early 2018 Release

Swedish-based apocalyptic metal/hardcore outfit Broken Cross has completed its second LP, titled Militant Misanthrope, which is being finalized for release in February.

Following the path of the material found on the outfit’s recently-issued split 7″ with V.E.G.A.S., Broken Cross delivers its most searing material yet with Militant Misanthrope. The sound tone and quality of the new LP yields a heavily enriched sound which bears a vast difference to the earlier lo-fi recordings, with blazing elements of thrash metal heritage seeping its way into the boldly-produced album’s nine new anthems. Recorded at Studio Underjord in Norrköping, Sweden (Vanhelgd, Year Of The Goat, Griftegård), and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), Militant Misanthrope is completed with drawings inspired by the 1980s/90s anime style and werewolf folklore, created by Dwid Hellion (Integrity).

Militant Misanthrope will see release on February 2nd, on LP with Apocalyptic Visions, on cassette via Judas Chair Collective, and on CD through Psychic Rebellion. Stand by for audio samples, preorders, and more info on the album in the weeks ahead.

Militant Misanthrope Track Listing:

1. Vocationem
2. C.O.T.E.
3. Devil’s Daughters Dance
4. The Isolation Cult
5. Militant Misanthrope
6. Into The Otherworld
7. Sacred Sacrifice
8. Wind Assassin
9. The Mouth Beyond

Following the release of Militant Misanthrope, Broken Cross will perform its first live show ever at the Judas Chair Collective Festival 2018 in Helsinki, Finland March 16th through 18th, joining the likes of Circling The Drain, Remissions, Hail Conjurer, Sick World, Slave Hands, Dredged, Long Gone, Usko, Corroder, and more.

Broken Cross Live:
3/16-18/2018 Oranssi Ry – Helsinki, FI @ Judas Chair Collective Festival

The brainchild of one Niklas Holm, also the creator of death metal outfit Extermination Temple, Broken Cross has issued a wealth of singles and EPs since 2011, but it was the 2015-released Through Light To Night debut LP which saw the outfit’s tentacles writhe into the masses, surging with heavy inspiration from dark hardcore and punk influences, citing the likes of G.I.S.M. and Integrity.

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Death Of Kings Posts New Track “Sojourn”

Atlanta’s Death Of Kings is pleased to reveal “Sojourn,” a blistering new song from the band’s forthcoming album “Kneel Before None.”

The track’s mix of classic heavy metal with thrash is recommended for fans of Skeletonwitch and Judas Priest. Check out “Sojourn” below and stay tuned for “Keel Before None” to be released on June 2nd, 2017.

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Six Feet Under Premieres Cover Of Iron Maiden’s “Murder In The Rue Morgue”

On May 27th, Six Feet Under will release the fourth installment of the “Graveyard Classics” series, this time paying tribute to two of NWOBHM’s most heralded legends: Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

Entitled “Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest” and mixed by Jesse Kirkbride at Kirkbride Recordings in Cape Coral, FL, the album is comprised of five Judas Priest covers (side A), and six Iron Maiden covers (side B), handpicked by Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel.

For a preview of the record, the cover version of Iron Maiden’s “Murder In The Rue Morgue” is now streaming below

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“Golden Epitaph” Tour Announced By Judas Priest

Legendary metal act Judas Priest vowed to tour in every corner of the globe to spread the word of true metal. The band announced a string of tour dates in some of the most remote locations in the world. Dubbed, the “Golden Epitaph,” the tour will launch with a performance at the Garvault Hotel in Sutherland, Scotland on July 1st and will come to an end on July 31st, with a performance at the Internet Cafe on the main island of Tristan da Cunha.

Vocalist Rob Halford commented: “I rarely read Facebook comments, but I scanned the Judas Priest page and it was filled with shouts from fans to come to their locations…’come to Botswana’ and ‘come to Indonesia’ and the like. I turned to Glenn and we both agreed that the time was right to take Priest to the most remote locations in the world.”

Confirmed dates and locations for the “Golden Epitaph” tour can be found on the poster below:

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