Happy belated birthday to Rob Halford of Judas Priest. On August 25th, sixty four years ago, the ground opened up and the heavens shook. On that day a leather rebel was born who rocked the world of Heavy Metal for the better part of 42 years. There are none who can match his talent and dynamic range, he screams like a banshee, creating chromium plated heavy metal that is faster than a speeding bullet and louder than an atom bomb. All hail the Halford!
Don’t forget to take your daily PAIN KILLER!!!
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.
Sad that this preview isn’t longer, but it’s a tasty appetizer of greater things to come:
This is a preview of one of the tracks from Judas Priest’s ‘Redeemer of Souls’, which is coming out on July 15th. To learn more about the album, read the review on Loud Wire. Apparently its very “epic” and has a lot of great guitar solos (couldn’t that describe almost every Judas Priest album, lol?) Lead Vocalist Halford says he was very inspired by the popular post apocalyptic zombie show, ‘The Walking Dead’ in the making of this album. I’ve heard umpteen million Death Metal songs about zombies, but it’ll be interesting to hear a zombie inspired song by the Gods of Heavy Metal themselves.
“Redeemer Of Souls” CD track listing:
01. Dragonaut (Could this be a Sleep cover?)
02. Redeemer Of Souls
03. Halls Of Valhalla
04. Sword Of Damocles
05. March Of The Damned
06. Down In Flames
07. Hell & Back
08. Cold Blooded
11. Secrets Of The Dead
12. Battle Cry
13. Beginning Of The End
15. Tears Of Blood
17. Bring It On
18. Never Forget
“Redeemer Of Souls” release dates:
Friday, July 11: (Europe gets all the good stuff first)
Monday, July 14:
Asia (excluding Japan)
Tuesday, July 15:
Wednesday, July 16: