May 8 [10:00 EST] -- Former Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford has been recording under the wing of Trent Reznor; meanwhile his estranged ex-bandmates will be releasing their long awaited new album, "Jugulator," in September.
Halford recently signed to Reznor's label, Nothing Records, and Reznor has been re-mixing Halford's tracks at his studio in New Orleans. Management sources say Reznor appears on the album but they decline to elaborate on his involvement. Halford is currently in Vancouver, Canada, working with Reznor's right hand man, Dave 'The Rave' Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy), in a studio owned by Bryan Adams.
Halford left Judas Priest in the early 1990s to front Fight, then embarked on his current project with guitarist John Lowery. They originally called the band 'Gimp' before discovering the name was in use. A new moniker is expected to be announced anytime.
"The main thing is we'd like to distance ourselves from Judas Priest," say Halford's manager, John Baxter.
"That was six years ago. Rob's material is very modern."
Fans of Judas Priest, however, can rest assured they'll be getting the same old Priest they've worshipped over the years. Ripper Owens, Halford's replacement, sang with a Priest tribute band called British Steele in Akron, Ohio prior to the real thing. And Judas Priest's official webpage promises vintage metal.