KK’s Priest (Ex-Judas Priest Members KK Downing, Tim “Ripper” Owens) Announce Debut Album, Unleash “Hellfire Thunderbolt”: Stream

The debut LP, Sermons of the Sinner, arrives August 20th

KK Priest Announce Debut Album
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    KK’s Priest, the new group featuring ex-Judas Priest members KK Downing and Tim “Ripper” Owens, have announced their debut LP, Sermons of the Sinner. The band has also shared the lead single, “Hellfire Thunderbolt”.

    Considering the pedigree of the musicians involved, the new song is a slab of classic heavy metal worthy of the “Priest” nomenclature. Downing’s fierce guitarwork and Tim the Ripper’s vocals are right out front, with the remaining complex instrumental parts being played by bassist Tony Newton, guitarist A.J. Mills, and drummer Sean Elg.

    KK’s Priest is an update of sorts on the Ripper-era of Judas Priest. Owens fronted the UK metal legends for 1997’s Jugulator and 2001’s Demolition during Rob Halford’s decade-long absence from the band. Compared to those albums, the new project is more in line with the classic Judas Priest sound, if slightly thrashier.


    “We are delighted to finally be able to release our first track to the world,” Downing said in a press release. “It gives a real flavor 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.”

    Downing formed KK’s Priest in early 2020 after playing some reunion shows covering Judas Priest hits with guest musicians. The guitarist left Judas Priest in 2011 after more than 40 years with the band.

    “Forging ahead with KK’s Priest was not only inevitable, but was essential for me to perform and deliver everything that is expected from me and KK’s Priest,” Downing said at the time. “Due to the massive demand and overwhelming support from fans around the world, I feel this is where I belong, and a set combining the true, classic songs and sound of Priest, together with great, newly forged metal tracks, is what fans can expect when KK’s Priest takes to stages around the world.”


    The group plans to tour when “current restrictions are lifted,” with further details to be announced, according to the press announcement.

    You can pre-order the 10-track album via the band’s online store or Amazon ahead of its August 20th release date. Watch the video for “Hellfire Thunderbolt” below.

    Sermons of the Sinner Artwork:

    KKs Priest Sermons of the Sinner

    Sermons of the Sinner Tracklist:
    01. Incarnation
    02. Hellfire Thunderbolt
    03. Sermons of the Sinner
    04. Sacerdote Y Diablo
    05. Raise Your Fists
    06. Brothers of the Road
    07. Metal Through and Through
    08. Wild and Free
    09. Hail for the Priest
    10. Return of the Sentinel