Released: 2000, Metal Is/ Sanctuary
Nearly eight years and a few controversial career moves later, it seems as if Rob Halford may finally be back on the straight and narrow. With Fight, his first project after leaving Judas Priest, he released an impressive debut (1993's War of Words), but it’s follow-up (1995's Small Deadly Space) was ruined by too many "alternative" influences. After the demise of Fight, Halford formed the industrial-tinged Two with guitarist John Lowry (currently of Marilyn Manson). It was while promoting Two’s Voyeurs disc that Halford made his now (in)famous "...Metal is dead..." comment, a comment which both stunned and angered many a Metal fan. But now Rob says that the comment was made during a low period in his life, that he’s seen the error of his ways, and is now ready to once again take the Metal world by storm. So does the new Resurrection CD make up for past transgressions??? Hell, yeah!!!
Surrounded now by REAL Metal musicians and working with up-and-coming Metal producer extraordinaire Roy Z. (of Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock, and soon-to-be Helloween fame), Halford certainly seems determined to reclaim his title as the "Metal God". Resurrection begins with the (literally) screaming title track, a song about Rob’s personal journey since leaving Priest, on which he pushes his vocal cords to their limits from start to finish. From there, it goes into "Made in Hell" which is another up-tempo track which focuses on Rob’s relationship with Heavy Metal. Other great tracks include "Night Fall", "Silent Screams", and "Cyberworld". Rob also shares the mic with Bruce Dickinson on "The One You Love to Hate". A good tune overall, but considering that it features two of the best voices in Metal, I was expecting something a tad more exciting. Oh well...
In fact, most of the songs on this CD range from very good to excellent. However, there are a couple of bad ones. "Drive" sounds like a watered-down Pantera tune with extra-cheesy Alice Cooper-y lyrics (In short, it just plain sucks.) And why Rob agreed to record the Bob Halligan penned "Twist" I’ll never know ("Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" it’s ain’t, folks...). Trust me, if you can find the Japanese bonus tracks "Hell’s Last Survivor" and "Sad Wings" anywhere on the internet, do yourself a favor and download them immediately (**Try http://www.judas-priest.com
). These two songs kick major amounts of ass and whatever idiotic label execs decided to leave them off the North American release over "Drive" and "Twist" deserves to be violently stabbed with plastic cutlery and pushed into a pool of piranha! Bastards.
One other point I’d like to address... I’ve heard/read a few opinions on Resurrection that it sounds a lot like Judas Priest. With the exception of Halford’s vocals IT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE PRIEST!!! Okay, yes... I’ll admit that a slight Priest INFLUENCE can be heard in a couple of places (Rob was in the band for 20+ years, what can you expect?), but Resurrection cannot be referred to as "...the follow-up to Painkiller..." . Of course, this opinion is most likely expressed by the same idiots who think Primal Fear are a Judas Priest clone band (THEY’RE NOT, GODDAMMIT!!!). Where was I??? Oh, yeah... So after a few years of being lost, it’s safe to say that Rob Halford has finally found his way back onto the enlightened path. Resurrection is a great CD and is sure to remove all doubt from any skeptical minds that may still be out there.