Tim “Ripper” Owens releases lyric video for title track from upcoming EP ‘Return To Death Row’
Former Judas Priest frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens has released a lyric video for the title track from his upcoming EP Return To Death Row, which will be available in mid-November 2022. You can pre-order Return To Death Row via Martyr Store. The song Return To Death Row appears to be a spin-off from the track “Death Row” from the album Jugulator (1997) which was the first record released by Judas Priest with Owens on lead vocals.
Owens has been part of a number of albums released in the last year including The Three Tremors‘ sophomore album Guardians of The Void (November 2021) and KK’s Priest‘s Sermons of The Sinner (October 2021). The latter album finished at #8 on the Sleaze Roxx’s Top Ten Albums of 2021 to which Sleaze Roxx stated:
“Guitarist K.K. Downing has proven with KK’s Priest‘s debut album Sermons of The Sinner that he really was an integral part of Judas Priest‘s songwriting team (along with Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford). Sermons of The Sinner is simply a pure heavy metal triumph. It helps that Downing enlisted the help from his former Priest bandmate Tim “Ripper” Owens, which has turned out to be the best album of the singer’s career. There are definitely many great tracks on Sermons of The Sinner from the fast and furious single “Hellfire Thunderbolt” to the more unheralded tracks such as “Metal Through And Through” and “Wild And Free.” There is what I consider to be one misstep with the closing track “Return of The Sentinel” simply paling to “The Sentinel” from Judas Priest’s Defenders of The Faith (1984). I could have easily lived without that final track and had it not been included on Sermons of The Sinner, I would have likely ranked the album even higher.
In any case, Downing has proven that he still has a lot of game, which makes you wonder why the guitarist couldn’t have worked out whatever issues were troubling him with Tipton back in 2011 so that he could still be riding high with Judas Priest. At the end of the day, it might be better to continue having Downing out of the Judas Priest line-up since each faction seems to be coming up with better albums without the other. One must not forget that Downing‘s last studio album with Judas Priest was the rather disappointing Nostradamus in 2008.”
Ripper‘s “Return To Death Row” lyric video:
Ripper‘s “Embattled” video: