Judas Priest has slammed "Dragonaut," a third track from its upcoming "Redeemer of Souls" album, online, just a few days after offering a snippet of the song as a preview.
The full version (embedded below) follows "March of the Damned" and "Redeemer of Souls' " title track, as well as previews of "Crossfire" and "Halls of Valhalla." Priest fans will also be pleased to know that despite claiming its Epitaph World Tour of 2011-12 its last, Priest plans to return to the road to support "Redeemer of Souls." Only one date has been announced so far -- October 4 at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Ky. -- but frontman Rob Halford tells us there's more where that came from:
"We're ready to go. The new (tour) is kicking off in Kentucky, and we've been invited to play a festival in Austin, Texas, where we haven`t been in over 25 years. So probably 'round the beginning of October we'll (tour North America) and then after November take a break, then look at opportunities for Europe in the early part of 2015 and elsewhere through 2016. But the way we tour now, we're not gonna go out on 18-month schleps anymore. We're gonna take breaks here and there."
"Redeemer of Souls" comes out July 15 and is Priest's first set of new music since 2008's "Nostradamus." It's also the group's first album without co-founding KK Downing and with new guitarist Jason Faulkner.