KK’s Priest to release sophomore album ‘The Sinner Rides Again’ on September 29th
KK’s Priest consisting of lead vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, guitarists K.K. Downing and A.J. Mills, bassist Tony Newton and drummer Sean Elg will be releasing their sophomore album The Sinner Rides Again via Napalm Records on September 29, 2023.
Track List for The Sinner Rides Again:
01. Sons of The Sentinel
02. Strike of The Viper
03. Reap The Whirlwind
04. One More Shot At Glory
05. Hymn 66
06. The Sinner Rides Again
07. Keeper of The Graves
08. Pledge Your Souls
09. Wash Away Your Sins
For The Win Media‘s press release indicates (with slight edits):
“On the blazing heels of their highly-lauded 2021 debut album, Sermons of The Sinner – which debuted within the Top 20 on charts in the United States, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Finland and more – KK’S Priest return to sin again with their savage sophomore offering, The Sinner Rides Again, out September 29, 2023 via their new label home, Austrian rock and metal empire Napalm Records.
With The Sinner Rides Again, the powerhouse heavy metal amalgamation of iconic Judas Priest alum and Grammy Award winning/nominated musicians K.K. Downing (guitar) and Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals), along with A.J. Mills (guitar), Tony Newton (bass) and Sean Elg (drums), double down on the ripping melodic force of their debut – which Metal Hammer UK 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.
Today, fans can experience an early taste of The Sinner Rides Again via the blistering first single “One More Shot At Glory”. The track evokes a high-stakes battle with heroic chants and double bass, setting the stage for a spine-tingling guitar solo! The track is accompanied by an intense, high quality music video.
K.K. 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 Muench, Senior A&R, 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’ vocals are simply mesmerizing! Napalm Records is absolutely proud to help continue to build this legacy.”
After stepping out of the Judas Priest spotlight, the return of K.K. Downing was uncertain. Nearly ten years after its onset, the genre-defining guitar icon returned from his hiatus with proof that he was nowhere ready to cease writing classic metal songs or to put away his famous Flying V guitars – taking part in acclaimed international comeback performances (including with his former Judas Priest bandmates when they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November 2022) that would act as harbingers of the formation of KK’S Priest.
Downing was recently quoted saying, “We’ve lost a lot of great people – Dio, Lemmy, for example – but this amazing and unique style of music must be preserved for as long as possible and I feel it within me to continue to play my role, as I always have, and to defend this metal genre, which we all know and love.” The Sinner Rides Again is a testament to this call for the classics while speeding full force into the future, delivered by some of heavy metal’s most essential performers.
The immense and intricate art for The Sinner Rides Again was created by talented artist Andy Pilkington.
Pre-Order The Sinner Rides Again HERE“
KK’s Priest‘s “One More Shot At Glory” video: