Rob Halford says in his recent interview why such an album or song like ‘Painkiller‘ would never come again. He also talked about Deep Purple and their latest record ‘Firepower‘ song.
British heavy metal band released the ‘Painkiller’ album and song in 1990. This album has other meanings for Rob Halford. Because this album last JUDAS PRIEST album to feature lead singer Rob Halford until his return for the 2005 album Angel of Retribution.
During an interview Radioactive Mike asked; “Would you ever consider making a sequel to ‘Painkiller’?” and Rob Halford replied:
“So from (the 1974 Priest debut) ‘Rocka Rolla’ all the way up to (the latest album) ‘Firepower,’ I think there’s a defining separation of where the band is in that moment in time.
We have always been very strong in avoiding repetition. That’s not to say that you can’t have these intense, fast metal songs, but they have very strong individual identities.
And I think it’s the case of, ‘Let sleeping metal dogs lie’ in that respect to reference ‘Painkiller,’ because if you try to emulate the real soul and spirit of ‘Painkiller,’ I’m sure we’d have a go at it, but it wouldn’t capture it, it wouldn’t come close. It’s just such a unique record in so many ways, the songs, the engineering, the sound of the hi-hat, all these vitally important nuances that go into making a record, you can’t really truly replicate them and capture the essence again, so I think it’s best to leave it as it is.”
Rob Halford also answered that “If Priest is the definition of the metal, I think Deep Purple is the definition of rock,”
“That’s very true. All of us in Priest are massive Purple fans. When I heard Ian Gillan sing, wail, and scream on some of those very early Purple albums when I was kind of getting my place in the band and getting an understanding of what a voice can do, I was totally in awe of what Ian Gillan was creating. So yeah, what a great guy.
They still go out, they still do great shows, they still play great classics and they release new material. They had a new album drop called ‘Whoosh!’ They’ve been going longer than Priest, and Priest has gone on for 50 years. It’s glorious, just unbelievable, and great.”
Here’s the JUDAS PRIEST‘s ‘Firepower’ also released in 2018 below!