If you're a metal fan with some extra time (and data) on your hands, Judas Priest are here to help with their new mobile game, "Judas Priest: Road to Valhalla." The fast-paced rhythm game, developed by Babaroga (along with Trinifold Management, Sony Music Entertainment, and the band themselves), whisks the player away on an epic journey to Valhalla, fighting off hordes of Judas Priest-inspired foes as they race along on one of three badass motorbikes. No swords or axes here: Instead, the player's arsenal comprises a selection of song stems from last year's live album Battle Cry — "Halls of Valhalla," "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," "Turbo Lover," "Electric Eye," and (obviously) "Halls of Valhalla," among other cuts — which are then reconfigured into new sonic collages, and finally, weaponized against the baddies.
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford praised the new game's do-it-yourself bent in an interview with Billboard. "You need to have some weight there, with the music," he said. "All the songs that were incorporated are great songs; It's quite challenging, and it's a lot of fun. You can make it quite simple, which I choose, or some of these crazy maniacs can do extraordinary things." He added, "You can actually be part of the experience, rather than just listening with this."
Halford also gave an update on Judas Priest's follow-up to 2014's Redeemer Of Souls, which is tentatively slated to hit shelves next spring. The bandleader told Billboard that they've nearly finished the album, and are "going through those last pieces of machinery." Sadly, Halford couldn't offer further details: "It's another big step for lots of different reasons," he said, "but that's all I can say or I'll risk being put in the Tower of London for talking about it too much."
"Judas Priest: Road to Valhalla" is out now for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch via the App Store. Get it here, and check out a trailer below.