KK’s Priest reveals new track “Reap The Whirlwind”

Author Hernan Osuna - 29.7.2023

KK’s Priest – the iconic 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) – recently announced the upcoming release of their savage sophomore offering, “The Sinner Rides Again”, out September 29, 2023 via Napalm Records.

Following up on the release of their blistering first single “One More Shot At Glory”, now, the band has unleashed another new track, this time entitled “Reap The Whirlwind“, alongside another new music video. The electric opus is a classic heavy metal power thrust of soaring leads, hair-raising harmonics and earworm vocal hooks. Watch the clip below.

K.K. Downing says about “Reap The Whirlwind”: “’If you sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind’ – this is a common phrase that has been familiar with me from a very young age. Obviously it’s very meaningful – it’s a warning that if you mistreat people, or really whatever you do in life, you need to be very careful, because whatever sufferance you inflict on anyone, it could come back to haunt you, and your suffering could be even more severe. Everyone knowingly or unknowingly has made the mistake of thinking they can get away with small misdemeanors to suit their selfish pursuits, but if justice is to be served, you will reap exactly what you sow. That is the message of this song.”

With “The Sinner Rides Again”, KK’s Priest double down on the ripping melodic force of their debut, “Sermons Of The Sinner” – 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.

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.

Pre-Order The Sinner Rides Again here:

“The Sinner Rides Again” track listing:

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

KK’S PRIEST live one-offs:
August 9, 2023 – Villena, SP @ Leyendas Del Rock Festival

August 12, 2023 – Kortrijk, BE @ Alcatraz Festival

December 2, 2023 – Mexico City, MX @ Life After Death Horror Fest

March 2-7, 2024 – Monsters of Rock Cruise

KK’S PRIEST w/ Paul Di’Anno & Burning Witches across the UK in October:
October 7, 2023 – Birmingham @ O2 Institute

October 8, 2023 – Glasgow @ SWG3

October 10, 2023 – Nottingham @ Rock City

October 11, 2023 – Manchester @ O2 Ritz

October 12, 2023 – London @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire