HALFORD 3 – Winter Songs by HALFORD (Metal God Records)
Rob Halford is a true Metal God, and his entire musical career has definitely been an adventurous one to behold. Whether it’s his tenure in the legendary Judas Priest or his journey into the realms of an industrial wasteland with the controversial 2wo, Halford remains one of the most innovative, if not unpredictable talents the music industry has even seen. And the last thing one would ever expect from a metal icon would be an album of Christmas tunes. Welcome to Halford 3 – Winter Songs – and prepare to bang your head well into this, and the next holiday season. Containing four original tracks and six more traditional selections, this is a collection of spirited classics you’ll want to play at any time of the year.
Winter Songs opens with the fist pumping Get In The Spirit, a triumphant track that will have all the metalheads decking the halls wearing their favorite Priest gear. This is a mesmerizing original tune that rates among the best Halford has ever recorded. Christmas For Everyone is another original track; a merry holiday fuzz-pop tune that should definitely rock you around your Xmas tree. The third original Halford song contained on Winter Songs is I Don’t Care, an entertaining piece of auditory perfection that is ridiculously infectious. Light Of The World is dramatic and sweeping, with Halford delivering one of his most poignant vocal performances to date.
The Christmas classics showcased on Winter Songs are arranged and performed with creativity and flair. We Three Kings is a stunning rendition of the timeless standard while O Holy Night breaks out with a glorious metal-influenced interpretation. Come All Ye Faithful is another standout, with Halford and company sweeping away the listener in a grandiose fashion.
Halford 3 – Winter Songs is the first recording Rob and Company has done in seven years – hopefully we’ll be hearing a lot more from this project in the very near future. In the meantime, throw away all those dodgy Christmas records that granddad gave you, and prepare to make Winter Songs a timeless addition to your own personal holiday madness.
(Review by Kenneth Morton)