Halford – Resurrection (2000, Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records)
1. “Resurrection” [3:58]
2. “Made in Hell” [4:12]
3. “Locked and Loaded” [3:18]
4. “Night Fall” [3:41]
5. “Silent Screams” [7:06]
6. “The One You Love to Hate” [3:11]
7. “Cyber World” [3:08]
8. “Slow Down” [4:51]
9. “Twist” [4:08]
10. “Temptation” [3:32]
11. “Drive” [4:30]
12. “Saviour” [2:57]
Rob Halford – Vocals
Patrick Lachman – Guitar
Mike Chlasciak – Guitar
Ray Riendeau -Bass
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Even though he officially left Judas Priest in 1993, Rob Halford never left the world of metal. He carried on by forming Fight, a band with a slightly updated heavy metal sound, and then dabbled in industrial metal by forming Two. Neither band proved to be particuarly successful for the Metal God. So while Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens was doing his best Halford impersonation with Judas Priest in the late 90s, Rob Halford decided to impersonate himself with a brand new band called, approriately, Halford.
And the results are stupendous. From the opening title track, you know the Metal God has returned and he’s done playing with other metal genres. The scream is signature and I played that opening track so many times just to hear him scream “RESURRECTION!” It gave me goosebumps and still does.
Although Rob broke out the leather & motorcyles imagery he was famous for, this album and band aren’t a Judas Priest clone. Halford pulls off a classic heavy metal/modern heavy metal hybrid, thanks in part to songwriting help from producer Roy Z. and guitarist “Metal” Mike Chlasiak. For those of us who were awaiting the Judas Priest/Halford reunion, this was the next best thing and there was no doubt that Halford was outdoing Judas Priest during this time.
This was a big comeback album for Rob, and was fairly successful in the metal scene. As Halford’s stock started to rise in the metal kingdom again, Judas Priest’s began to drop after the two disappointing Owens albums, and I believe the success of this album probably had a large hand in moving along the reunion of the Halford-led Judas Priest.
A major highlight on this album is the appearance of Bruce Dickinson (who was on a comeback of his own having recently rejoined Iron Maiden) on “The One You Love to Hate”.
Highlights: “Resurrection”, “Locked and Loaded”, “Night Fall”, “Silent Screams”, “The One You Love to Hate”, “Slow Down”, “Twist”, “Temptation”