Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing‘s new band KK’S PRIEST will release its sophomore album, “The Sinner Rides Again”, on September 29 via Napalm Records.
The official music video for the LP’s third single, “Strike Of The Viper”, can be seen below. The undeniable barnburner proves itself as one of the album’s most unforgettable tracks – featuring a hooky chorus, dynamic rhythms and of course, a searing solo!
Downing says about “Strike Of The Viper”: “Beware — ‘Strike Of The Viper’ is now here… These demons can sting and bite their way into your brain, what world are they from? I would very much like to see this one send all mosh pits spinning into a blur as KK’S PRIEST deliver up some fast and furious metal. Strike after strike — just like the viper.”
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With “The Sinner Rides Again”, the powerhouse heavy metal amalgamation of iconic JUDAS PRIEST alumni and Grammy Award-winning/nominated musicians Downing and Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals), along with guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE), bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg(DEATHRIDERS, CAGE), double down on the ripping melodic force of their debut, which Metal Hammer U.K. dubbed “hugely enjoyable” and Metal Injection cited as boasting “catchy hooks and plenty of guitar wizardry”. “The Sinner Rides Again” wields nine tracks of pure hellfire, produced and written by Downing and mixed/mastered by Jacob Hansen.
Downing says about “The Sinner Rides Again”: “To continue the legacy of the traditional rock and metal that I have been so fortunate to be a part of for over 50 years, this latest album, ‘The Sinner Rides Again’, has been created to take the listener on a journey that is both real and fictional with its characters, although sometimes ambiguous. These songs allow the imaginations of all fans of this wonderful genre of music to escape reality and join with us to continue our heavy metal experience into the future.”
Downing adds regarding the band’s signing with Napalm Records: “With a brand new record that needed placement with a great record label, we discussed the labels we liked, and Napalm Records was one of those companies. It’s fair to say that Napalm is a leader in the heavy metal genre and has been for a long time now. They have a fantastic roster of both established and new bands and artists that are a force to be reckoned with. So it’s a roster of some of the top and leading metal bands in the world today, and for the foreseeable future. I am pleased to say that we are excited about partnering with Napalm Records and we look forward to working together.”
Sebastian Münch, senior A&R at Napalm Records, adds: “K.K. Downing has created, with the sophomore album ‘The Sinner Rides Again’, an absolutely brilliant heavy metal masterpiece — one, I believe, that will stand the test of time and will be listened to by metal fans around the world for many, many years. K.K. Downing is a genius and Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens‘s vocals are simply mesmerizing! Napalm Records is absolutely proud to help continue to build this legacy.”
A haunting introduction of dual guitars carries the listener into the thundering “Sons Of The Sentinel”, winding across a wasteland of burning riffs and a deftly dynamic guitar solo to kick off the record with relentless energy. The undeniably catchy anthem “Strike Of The Viper“ proves itself as one of the album’s most unforgettable tracks, before “Reap The Whirlwind” crashes in with a classic heavy metal power thrust of soaring leads, hair-raising harmonics and earworm vocal hooks. First single “One More Shot At Glory” raises its sword high, instantaneously calling for battle with its opening riff and beckoning verses. Heroic chants and unrelenting double bass set the stage for a galloping midsection as a spine-tingling guitar solo commands the song. Striding “Hymn 66” commands with sultry, slow and low metallic punches and a bluesy gait, while massive title track “The Sinner Rides Again” straddles balladic passages and sinister, head-bobbing choruses. Beginning with ominous bells, “Keeper Of The Graves” rounds the final bend of the album with roaring cascades and a dynamic performance from Owens, before charging “Pledge Your Souls” and rollercoaster closer epic “Wash Away Your Sins” rise as the final embers of a certified burner — proving itself as a must-hear metal album of the year by the greatest to ever perform the genre.
The immense and intricate art for “The Sinner Rides Again” was created by talented artist Andy Pilkington.
“The Sinner Rides Again” track listing:
- Sons Of The Sentinel
- Strike Of The Viper
- Reap The Whirlwind
- One More Shot At Glory
- Hymn 66
- The Sinner Rides Again
- Keeper Of The Graves
- Pledge Your Souls
- Wash Away Your Sins
KK’S PRIEST will embark October U.K. headlining tour. The “Priests, Killers & Witches” tour starts at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on Saturday, October 7, and visits London, Glasgow, Manchester and Nottingham. Special guest on all dates will be former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di’Anno who will be performing a full set of classics straight from the first two MAIDEN records, and opening up the bill is BURNING WITCHES.
“Sermons Of The Sinner” was released in October 2021 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records.
KK’S PRIEST is:
Tim “Ripper” Owens / Vocals
K.K. Downing / Guitar
A.J. Mills / Guitar
Tony Newton / Bass
Sean Elg / Drums