Released on October 1, 2021 (Explorer1 Music Group) K.K. Downing‘s acrimonious departure from Judas Priest has been widely discussed and hotly debated by fans and critics alike since he left the iconic band 10 years ago. He was out, then he wanted back in. The Priest camp said he retired and his services were no longer needed. It remains messy. What Downing made clear throughout the caustic war-of-words with his former bandmates is that he still wants to play rock and roll. If they weren’t going to let him do that in Judas Priest, then he’d find another way.