Here is the thing......Priest has been together for over 30 years. They do what they do and frankly have kept the same formula all their career. Most musicians have their best songs in their first two releases.
These guys are in their 60's except Ritchie & Scott, I just can't believe that they still kick ass on a high level at their ages.
It really isn't realistic to think they are going to be cranking out "hits" or wow us with some new style of the same formula.
Songs are constructed using the same method, theory. I am certainly not saying that good music isn't being made but one thing it does need is the ability to keep a person interested and grooving. All the sings on the new release aren't great, but it isn't crap either. I suggest going to see them, then make a judgement.
I love Sword of Damacles, Cold Blooded and Valhalla, can't wait to party with Scott.