Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner debuts two new solo tracks for EMGtv

Richie Faulkner shredding away.
(Courtesy of his Facebook page.)

It’s no secret that Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner knows how to shred. After taking over for the departed K.K. Downing for the band’s Epitaph tour in 2011, he has capably handled classic Priest solos as well as brought his own personality into the mix with the iconic band’s subsequent studio album, 2014’s Redeemer Of Souls. The British six-stringer recently visited EMGtv to play his original track “Organas Rage,” which shows off his melodic writing sensibilities. It’s an effervescent solo performance which shows why he was the best candidate for the job. Downing himself has approved.

Here’s the clip for “Organas Rage” along with two other solo performances he has done for EMGtv. Another new original track, “Hosnian Prime,” derives its name from the Star Wars universe and shows more subdued soloing at its center. “Organas Rage” in particular is a polished and well constructed track that bodes well for the next Priest album, which will feature the producing work of Tom Allom and Andy Sneap. Allom produced all of Priest’s ’80s work, while Sneap has helped reinvigorate classic metal acts like Accept, Saxon, and Megadeth.