Judas Priest Confirm New Album ‘Invincible Shield’

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The band announced their nineteenth studio LP on stage at Power Trip

Judas Priest live [Credit: Matt Bishop]
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Heavy metal legends Judas Priest have confirmed their new album, Invincible Shield. The band formally announced their forthcoming LP during their live performance at Power Trip on Saturday (October 7) in Indio, California. The album will reportedly be their final studio effort.

Judas Priest’s upcoming nineteenth full-length record is slated for arrival on March 8, 2024. Check out the cover art for the record below. It will be available on CD, two vinyl editions with alternate covers, cassette, digital download, and streaming. Fans can pre-order and pre-save the album now HERE.

Fresh off their 50th anniversary celebrations, the band is reportedly been working on new music for some time now. They released their acclaimed album Firepower back in 2018. The record is the band’s biggest commercial success, charting at No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart and Billboard 200 as well as hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums chart. For Firepower, Judas Priest reunited with producer Tom Allom (Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Krokus), who last produced the band’s 1988 album, Ram It Down. The record was co-produced by Andy Sneap, who would stepped in as a touring guitarist for the band. Long-time member Glenn Tipton retired from touring after revealing his Parkinson’s diagnoses, just one month before the album’s release. Tipton co-wrote every song on Firepower. After delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Judas Priest toured relentlessly to celebrate the success of Firepower and the band’s five decades of heavy metal.

Judas Priest are performing at Power Trip after fellow metal legend Ozzy Osbourne withdrew from the festival back in July.

“The band that will be replacing me on Power Trip will be announced shortly,” Ozzy said in a statement at the time. “They are personal friends of mine and I can promise that you will not be disappointed.”

After being confirmed as Ozzy’s replacements, Judas Priest said, “Power Trippers, are you ready for some Judas Priest-style heavy metal? Judas Priest are primed and proud to fly the flag for heavy metal at this prestigious festival. We are ready to raise double horns way up high together keeping the metal faith at this ‘bostin’ one of a kind Power Trip world event!”

Priest’s contributions to the genre are well-documented, however they often seem to be overshadowed by contemporaries like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, the latter of whom are on the Power Trip bill. Having them take the stage alongside these other acts was a huge testament to their already rock-solid legacy. Judas Priest have long been synonymous with heavy metal. Since their inception, they’ve only increased their speed, volume, and intensity. They’ve written blueprints for generations of hard music acts to follow. It will be exciting to see what this next (and possibly final) chapter has in store for this iconic act.

Next March, Judas Priest are embarking on their Metal Masters Tour across Europe. The trek kicks off on 24 March, 2024 at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany and wraps up on 8 April, 2024 at Zenith in Paris, France. Special guests for the run will be Saxon and Uriah Heep on select dates. Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons will be performing at the Mediolanum Forum show in Milan, Italy on 6 April.

Judas Priest Invincible Shield cover art 2024

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