Rob Halford

Good news, metal heads: Judas Priest have just finished work on their new studio album, and it’s coming this year.

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford broke the news during a chat with Artisan News at Monday’s (March 17) V.I.P. listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album, This Is Your Life.

“The record is finished; it’s absolutely finished as of today,” he said. “It’s a relief. It’s a relief because whenever Priest makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it. It is that typical ‘blood, sweat and tears.’“

He added, “It’s not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But Priest has always been up for the challenge of that, and it’s one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for Priest: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn’t be better.”

The upcoming album will mark Judas Priest’s first release since their 2009 live collection, A Touch of Evil: Live, which scored a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.

Photo by Anne Erickson.