Richie Faulkner from Judas Priest

Richie Faulkner is one of the nicest people I have ever interviewed. And lately, I've been interviewing many people. Especially big names in the music business. In case you are unaware, he is the lead guitarist of Judas Priest. Having replaced the original guitarist K.K. Downing, Faulkner has been with the band since 2011. He is a phenomenal guitarist and quite humble also. 

I just got off the phone with him a few minutes ago, as we spoke via Epic Records. We talked about Judas Priest and music, but also spoke about the newest album Redeemer of Souls, which is really fantastic (underrated is probably the operative word here) and brings something new to the band's resume. The album is due out on July 8th. I was able to listen to a press copy of it and thought it rocked. 

Rob Halford still has one of the greatest voices ever in rock music. He still rocks the falsetto scream and still manages to deliver a strong, well rounded performance. He is exciting, but with Faulkner as guitarist I feel like the band is moving forward. And in case you are wondering, that is a good thing. 

What I loved about Redeemer of Souls is the fact that it still touches on the English metal band's roots, but is a little more modernized than before. It is the 17th studio album and is the final album to be produced by Glenn Tipton. 

With that said, stay tuned for my interview. I will publish it on Yahoo! shortly.