KK’s Priest – the iconic heavy metal group 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) – will proudly reveal their new sophomore offering, The Sinner Rides Again, on 29th September 2023 via Napalm Records.
Today, in anticipation of the approaching album release, the band has revealed a brand new, 13-minute documentary film directed by up and coming British filmmaker Sam Singer. The piece was filmed at the first official KK’s Priest show on 6th July 2023 at KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton, England. The documentary gives a raw, behind-the-scenes look at the band preparing for the concert, and includes exclusive live footage as well as personal commentary from K.K. Downing, Tim “Ripper” Owens, and the band.
Watch the documentary here: https://youtu.be/Sy2Ntg6tzrU
On the 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 The Sinner Rides Again, KK’s Priest double down on the ripping melodic force of their debut, Sermons Of The Sinner – which Metal HammerUK 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.
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.
Media acclaim highlights for The Sinner Rides Again singles:
“The riffs fly at you at breakneck speed, the harmonized guitar solos are as sweet as they come, and those shreds will most certainly singe an eyebrow or two along the way.” – Guitar World
“K.K. Downing at his very best!” – Götz Kühnemund, Deaf Forever
“…tapping into the fist-pumping energy of classic heavy metal like it’s 1983 all over again.”
– Metal Hammer UK
Watch the video to recent single ‘Strike Of The Viper’ here: https://youtu.be/4MpvliGPpgE
Catch KK’s Priest live w/ Paul Di’Anno & Burning Witches across the UK in October:
Oct 7 2023: Birmingham O2 Institute
Oct 8 2023: Glasgow SWG3
Oct 10 2023: Nottingham Rock City
Oct 11 2023: Manchester O2 Ritz
Oct 12 2023: London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
KK’s Priestlive one-offs:
Dec 2 2023: Mexico City, MX Life After Death Horror Fest
Mar 2-7 2024: Monsters of Rock Cruise
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
K.K. Downing – Guitar
A.J. Mills – Guitar
Tony Newton – Bass
Sean Elg – Drums