Halford IV - Made of Metal

2011-01-27 10:47
For the old school crowd, Judas Priest is one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time, probably second only to Black Sabbath.

Priest are even credited for the "heavy metal fashion" signified by metal studs, biker gear and S&M garments. Whether the rumours are true that this all came about because of their lead singer's private life is another story.

That singer is the "Metal God" Rob Halford (who famously announced to MTV in 1998 that he was gay), and what we have here is the fourth release from his own self-titled band Halford.

Made of Metal should actually be called "Made of Cheese", and should be a professor's thesis on that subject - the be-all and end-all.

In fact, of the four albums that the band has produced, Metal is the most toned down album to date, which is not what metalheads would say it is supposed to be. There is a feeling that the album was rushed, which explains why it takes numerous listens to get into it.

And that's not even mentioning some cheesy lyrics about Nascar and a country-and-western style tune somewhere in the mix.

The album is by no means bad, it has some serious high points and blistering guitar solos, but unfortunately these are not enough to make it a classic metal album. It is more like a great hard rock album.

Only track worthy of the Metal title is the closer "The Mower", where we hear Halford's trademark screaching, screaming voice. Unfortunately it comes a little too late to make any serious impact.

I am sure Halford fans will enjoy this no matter what, and you could almost imagine them driving along in their rusted-out Valiants, wearing studded leather biker jackets, swigging hard liquor and screaming back the lyrics to old ladies passing by. That vision alone makes it a welcome addition to the music world.

For the rest, forgettable.

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