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Halford - 'Made Of Metal'

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Halford - Made Of Metal

Halford - Made Of Metal

Metal God Entertainment
Halford's last regular studio album was back in 2002. Rob Halford returned to Judas Priest shortly after that, and has been busy with his main project, putting Halford on the back burner. Last year he found some time to release a Halford holiday album, and during some recent Priest downtime recorded a proper full-length, Made Of Metal. The 14 songs were written and recorded in a relatively short time, but the results certainly don't sound rushed.

Made Of Metal has traditional Halford and Priest sounding songs like the leadoff track “Undisputed” and “Speed Of Sound” with big hooks and driving guitars from Metal Mike and Roy Z, who also produced the album. Halford also has the freedom to explore some other musical paths. He uses Auto Tune for the first time on the title track, which is an interesting touch to the Nascar themed song.

“Til The Day I Die” begins as a twangy, acoustic based song that kicks in with a more metal feel, but still maintains that country edge. “Matador” also has an acoustic intro, but the guitars have a more south of the border feel, matching the song's subject. “I Know We Stand A Chance” is a power ballad, and one of the catchiest songs on the album. The album closes out with "Mower," which finds Halford belting out the high notes on one of the CD's heaviest tracks.

Halford has a variety of lyrical subjects on the album as well. He sings about lighthearted topics like supersonic flying silver machines and heavyweight champions, but also commemorates his quarter century of sobriety with “25 Years.” It's a nice mix, both musically and lyrically, that makes for a diverse album.

Judas Priest is one of the biggest metal bands of all time, and Halford's place in history is secure with that band alone. However, his namesake band has also released some good music over the years, and Made Of Metal is a well-done and enjoyable effort.

(released September 28, 2010 on Metal God Records)

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