In what seems like a great move, Judas Priest has announced the team of Tom Allom, Andy Sneap and Mike Exeter as the production team that will work on their next album. The band’s last album Redeemer Of Souls was produced by Exeter, he was previously known for producing, engineering, recording and mixing the Iommi albums Fused and The 1996 DEP Sessions, the Heaven & Hell album The Devil You Know, Black Sabbath’s The Dio Years compilation and their final studio album 13. Allom is best known for engineering Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut, Paranoid, and Masters Of Reality, as a producer he worked on Def Leppard’s On Through The Night, and every Priest album between 1979 and 1988. That means he’s produced albums like British Steel, Screaming For Vengeance and Defenders Of The Faith, not too shabby, although some fans may point towards Point Of Entry, Turbo and Ram It Down as albums where they band may have missed their mark. The standout choice here is Andy Sneap, who has been known to resurrect more than one band, placing them in the present, while usually having a firm grasp in the band’s past. He’s worked with metal giants such as Accept, Testament, Saxon, Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Soulfly and Machine Head, just to name a few. He’s helped work on more than one album that has made me think “wow that’s great, why did that band work with Andy, instead of trying to catch onto the latest trend”. He seems to always do a great job pointing bands in the right direction, and seems to know what’s in most cases right for the bands he works with. He’s worked with all of these metal giants, but is he able to work with the metal gods? We shall soon find out.