Judas Priest's 17th studio album, Redeemer of Souls will be released July 14, the heavy metal band's first album since 2008.

"Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened," declares guitarist Glenn Tipton. "From start to finish, Redeemer of Souls is 18 songs of pure classic-Priest metal."

Judas Priest's first album, Rocka Rolla saw the light of day as far back as 1974, but it was their 1980 album, British Steel, which gained the band global adulation among metal fans.

Redeemer of Souls is the band's first album with guitarist Richie Faulkner, who replaced founding member KK Downing in 2011 .