Despite retiring from Judas Priest over 10 years ago, K.K Downing has recruited former bandmates Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Les Binks to form K.K’s Priest, releasing a debut single ahead of a full album later this year.
Co-founder of the legendary Black Country band, K.K Downing departed Judas Priest’s farewell tour in 2011 early, and has not been involved in any of the band’s comebacks since.
In fact, his former band has announced they have been working on a 19th studio album, ahead of 50th anniversary celebrations and a delayed world tour.
Instead, he has turned to former lead vocalist Owens and drummer Binks to form K.K’s Priest. The rest of the roster will be filled out by Voodoo Six bassist Tony Newton and Hostile guitarist A.J. Millls, with the group already releasing their first track, Hellfire Thunderbolt.
Hellfire Thunderbolt will be the lead single for an album released later this year, titled Sermons of the Sinner. It will be available on August 20th via EX1 Records.
Downing told the BrooklynVegan that: “The whole concept is the fact that I continue proudly to be who I am and what I am and do what I do. It’s been nearly 10 years. I’m back making music.”
“All of my life, people always wanted an album that we’ve made in the past,” he added. “What’s the new album like? Will it be anything like ‘British Steel’? Will it be anything like ‘Sad Wings?’’
“People hoping you’re going to make a record that you’ve already made. So in a way this record just sounds like something that has already been made or should have been be made.
“It does have a lot of things that are connected to the past. For example, ‘Brothers Of The Road’. If you take all the lyrics off and just listen to the music, maybe you could be listening to ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.”
In a 2019 interview with AllThatShreds.com, Downing told Andrew Catania that Owens was a vocal “powerhouse” that would “murder a show.”
“When Ripper [Owens] joined the band… We would have to say that, physically and technically, Ripper was a better singer than Rob, because Tim [Owens] was always in tune, he was always in key. I mean, Rob was good. Rob got better after he started to wear in-ear monitors. But Tim was stronger. He still is. I mean, the guy is a powerhouse.”
Sermons Of The Sinner
2. Hellfire Thunderbolt
3. Sermons of the Sinner
4. Sacerdote y Diablo
5. Raise Your Fists
6. Brothers of the Road
7. Metal Through and Through
8. Wild and Free
9. Hail for the Priest
10. Return of the Sentinel