K.K. Downing isn't playing with Judas Priest anymore, but he still has metal on his mind. Metal for Men, that is.

That's the name of Downing's new fragrance, which the guitarist recently debuted and, as he told Planet Rock, was inspired by the sudden realization that the perfume market was completely missing something that smelled like rock 'n' roll.

"I think I just woke up one morning and thought of the word 'metal' and I thought 'metal for men' and I thought -- straight away, I thought -- 'What could that relate to?'" he explained. "And I don't know why I thought about it, but I thought there's nothing out there on the market that's associated with rock and metal fans in respect to fragrances and stuff. And I guess that, combined with my mum asking me continually what I want for Christmas and stuff, it just came about. And it just so happens I had a friend who had associations with fragrances before, and it came about very, very quickly."

Promising that "these fragrances both look and smell fantastic, and I think that they are the ideal gift for all rock and metal fans this Christmas," Downing also offered a small window of hope for fans wishing he'd get back to music. "We'll have to see what happens. Who knows?" he shrugged. "But anyway, I'm always doing stuff in the music thing. I don't want people to think that I'm just disassociating myself [from music], 'cause I'm not. I'm helping some new bands, and I'm always doing stuff on my website and stuff, and I'm happy to do that. Something will come along, I think. I've had a couple of propositions for next year. We'll see what happens. I'm looking forward to the future. That's all I can say."

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