Priest returns with a new vocalist and new song “Dead Ringer”

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UPDATE

Priest released a music video for “Dead Ringer.” They also announced that their forthcoming album is called Cyberhead.

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Priest is back. The mysterious synthpop collective from Sweden returns today with a new song called “Dead Ringer” that marks the beginning of Priest 2.0 and a new lead singer.

You can find “Dead Ringer” on Spotify.

The creepy song sounds quite different from previous Priest releases. It’s awash in hazy electronics and includes what sounds like a warped sax solo. It’s really growing on me. “Dead Ringer” comes with three remixes.

At the end of last year, Priest announced the conclusion of its first iteration, and lead singer Mercury removed his bondage-themed mask and revealed his face for the first time. They promised a new form of Priest.

The people behind Priest aren’t very forthcoming about their identities, so it’s a bit confusing following the timeline of the band. Some of the members of Priest were in the popular rock band Ghost, which employs similar theatrics and also hid their identities until a lawsuit blew everyone’s cover.

Priest’s first incarnation had a higher tempo and a much stronger dancefloor sound than what we’re hearing today. Some of their best-known tracks are “History in Black,” “Obey,” and “The Cross.”

I included Priest’s excellent track, “Neuromancer,” on my list of the best synthpop songs of 2019.

EDIT: I initially identified Priest’s mysterious new singer as female. I’m not certain if the character is intended to be male, female, or non-binary, so I’ve removed references to gender. Priest is still using the name Mercury to identify the singer. I do know who the voice is behind Mercury, but I’m keeping it to myself.

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