Former JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens recently spoke about the status of the sophomore album from KK’S PRIEST
In a new talk with The Metal Voice, Owens spoke about what’s happening with KK’S PRIEST, the group which sees “Ripper” joined by ex-JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I just finished [recording the vocals for] the last [song] a couple of days ago. I’m sure I’ll have to go back and redo a few things on ’em — maybe add some parts, whatever. I mean, I sent a lot of vocals.
“I really like it,” he continued. “And the music I had, it still needed guitar parts, which is already done. Because they just sent it to me early stages, which they’ve already added stuff; [K.K.] and [guitarist] A.J. [Mills] have been in the studio doing it.
“It’s really close [to being done],” he added. “Now it’s really in the mixing process, I think, and producing the stuff and moving some stuff around.”
Discussing the musical direction of the second KK’S PRIEST, album, Owens said: “I actually really like it. I think it’s next level from the last one [2021’s ‘Sermons Of The Sinner‘]. I think the last one was the perfect record.
“What I said to people, when they would say [about ‘Sermons Of The Sinner‘], ‘This kind of sounds like PRIEST.’ But it’s, like, no, it sounds like K.K. Downing. I mean, that’s what he has written. This next one, though, I think, is that and beyond. Vocally, it’s gotten a little heavier. It’s got tons of highs still, but it’s got edgier vocals. It’s got some melodic, beautiful vocals, but it’s just edgier, I think. I enjoyed doing this one a lot.”
KK’S PRIEST was recently announced as co-headliners for next year’s Alcatraz open air hard rock and heavy metal festival, which takes place August 11-13, 2023 in Kortrijk, Belgium.
“Next year is gonna be pretty swamped because KK’S PRIEST, now we’re finally gonna put this record out and tour,” Tim explained. “So the plan is to just tour non-stop for a year or two… I think the plan is to hit the road [extensively].
“I don’t think [K.K.] wants to just do festivals,” Owens added. “It’s too hard. It’s fine for me to do festivals [as a solo artist] if I show up and there’s a band waiting for me that I can just jump onstage. But it’s just hard to just go and pop and do festivals here and there. The plan is definitely to tour. The plan is definitely to hit the road and do stuff. So hopefully it all comes together. I know we have an agency looking into that. It’s all in the hands of everybody.”
You can check out the full interview below.
KK’S PRIEST also features bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg (DEATHRIDERS, CAGE).