Rob Halford is getting into Valhalla for sure – who else would the Gods want to make the music around there?
After 40 years of delivering the world chromium plated heavy metal, faster than a bullet and louder than an atom bomb, the Gods of Heavy Metal still got it.
The song I listed above comes from their newest album “Redeemer of Souls” (2014).
When I went to their concert this week I was looking forward to their classics more than their new stuff; you know, songs like “Breaking the Law,” “Living after Midnight,” and “Turbo Lover.” You’re not allowed to be a fan of Heavy Metal and not like those songs. I won’t allow it!
However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that “Halls of Valhalla,” probably the newest song they played at the show, was my favorite song of the whole concert.
There are fewer things more cool than Vikings. There are also fewer things more awesome than Judas Priest. Therefore, Judas Priest singing about Vikings and Valhalla produces an infinite feedback loop of awesomeness that will probably end up causing the eventual implosion of the universe.
I’m just glad I got to be alive to witness such amazing musicians play live. Rob Halford’s pipes are still divine, and their new guitarist Richie Faulkner, who they got to replace K.K. Downing, was brimming with energy and talent. He added a ten minute guitar solo into the middle of “You got another thing comin,” that completely unhinged my jaw from my face. If anyone in Baltimore Maryland finds my jaw floating around somewhere in the pier, please let me know.
With that said, enjoy the song above and pay homage to the Metal Gods.
I can’t resist sharing some pictures I took at the show.
I was in the lawn, so these aren’t the best pictures ever, but here they are.
Hellfest is a massive show that was held on the weekend of the Summer Solstice in Clisson France, which featured a legion of the most dark and brutal bands to scourge the Earth. See the set list yourself. Every time I read about one of these major concerts in Europe, I have to punch myself in the face for not being born in Europe. In America we’re lucky to get a show that has even three of these bands in the same venue. But enough of my complaining, in the video above you can see the entire set of Behemoth. As someone who has seen Behemoth twice before, I can tell you that the energy of their albums is only magnified a hundred fold by their stage presence.
Much to my pleasure, the songs on the set list come from two of their best albums: the new album “The Satanist,” and the album that is known for the iconic Behemoth sound “Demigod.”
I’ve got some pretty exciting news Metal Heads of the Interwebs! The Titans of the Heavy Metal era, Judas Priest, have just finished their newest album. This will be album number 17 for those who are counting. There’s no news yet on what this new album will be called, but I’m definitely going to check it out once it is released. It’s simply amazing to think that Judas Priest is still cranking out albums after 40 years of ear shattering, atomically loud metal. Just goes to show that you can’t kill the metal. It lives on forever. \M/
JUDAS PRIEST – BREAKING THE LAW
2014 has barely started and already a hellish horde awaits us. Time to break in your eardrums with the new year and check out when the next big metal albums are coming out. Now you know what to get your Valentine’s Day Sweet Heart. ;-D
January 6th: Iced Earth’s “Plagues of Babylon”
January 24th: Primal Fear’s “Delivering The Black”
January 28th: Metallica’s “Metallica Through The Never DVD”
February 4th: Behemoth’s “The Satanist”
February 4th: Truckfighter’s “Universe”
February 14th: Cynic’s “Kindly Bent to Free Us”
February 28th: Manowar’s “Kings of Metal MMXIV”