The powerful first single from SERMONS OF THE SINNER, entitled “Hellfire Thunderbolt”, is also available today and features a stunning new performance video.
Of the song Downing explains,“We are delighted to finally be able to release our first track to the world. It gives a real flavour of the sound and showcases the amazing players I’ve got in this band.We can’t wait for the fans to hear the record.”
With Downing on guitar, KK’s PRIEST alsofeatures ex-Judas Priest member Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals, who fronted the band for eight years and recorded two studio albums, Jugulator, featuring the GRAMMY® nominated track “Bullet Train,” and Demolition, plus two live albums. They are joined by Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) on bass, A.J. Mills (Hostile) on guitar and Sean Elg
(DeathRiders/Cage) on drums. Original drummer, Les Binks, unfortunately sustained a wrist injury, but will make special guest live appearances when the band tours.
SERMONS OF THE SINNER is an incredible collection of future metal classics, sure to be one of the stand-out metal releases of 2021. K.K Downing’s genre-defining guitar style helped establish Judas Priest‘s iconic sound and helped propelled them to one of the top Heavy Metal bands of all-time, earning numerous accolades including a GRAMMY® in 2010 for “Best Metal Performance,” a total of five GRAMMY® nominations and multi-platinum and gold releases.
Full album tracklisting for SERMONS OF THE SINNER as follows
ABOUT KK’S PRIEST:
After years of quietly enjoying life away from the rigors of the road and intense studio recording, KK Downing emerged again on stage in August 2019. His former bandmates had been given the Heavy Metal Hall Of Fame award at the Wacken Open Air festival that summer, and HMHOF board member Steve Goldby wanted to give the guitarist his award at Bloodstock. From there, the conversation led to Downing performing a few songs with Ross The Boss. The performance electrified the crowd and reinvigorated Downing. In November of that year, he put on a show in Wolverhampton, UK with former Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, former drummer Les Binks, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, and Hostile guitarist A.J. Mills. Downing had produced two albums for the latter band. Spanning Judas Priest’s catalog, this superb and successful show sent shockwaves throughout the metal world: K.K. was back and the fans were clearly hungry for more. Rather than simply rely on his past successes and go on the road performing classic Judas Priest songs, the renowned guitarist did what he has always done – make new music.
ABOUT EXPLORER1 MUSIC GROUP:
Explorer1 Music Group (“EX1”) is one of the most innovative companies to emerge in the ever changing landscape of the music industry. Founded by Paul Woolnough, EX1 launched in 2019 with a world-class team of music and entertainment industry entrepreneurs and executives and unrivalled global infrastructure. EX1 uses its never-seen-before artist friendly business model to partner with prominent and emerging artists to assist in the development of, and participate in every part of their careers. Seasoned industry executive Andy Gould (Linkin Park, Rob Zombie) handles day-to-day management of KK’s Priest on behalf of Explorer1 Music Group.
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