The metal world was thrown for a loop back in 2010 when Priest announced that they’d be calling it quits. Calling their 2011 tour the Epitaph tour, and saying it was their final one, they then lost K.K. Downing for the tour. In announcing Richie Faulkner as Downing’s replacement, they stated in a 2011 press release “With a new album due to be released next year, the Metal Gods are preparing to tour the planet once more – heavy metal at its best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire!! It’s a show not to be missed!” However, the Priest album didn’t come out in 2012, or last year, for that matter. So the album could still be released some time this year, and be followed by an extensive world tour. It’ll be interesting to see if they soldier on after the band’s (final?) album is released. So this is more of a much-delayed retirement than going back on their word. Let’s hope they deliver the goods. See what we did there?