Among heavy metal legends, few possess a primal howl as piercing and iconic as Rob Halford. And this holiday season, the Judas Priest vocalist will lend his efforts to a new solo record of holiday music, titled Celestial.
This sounds like the must-have heavy metal holiday album of the year, honestly. Maybe ever? That’s hard to say, but maybe. Halford’s an icon.
The album will be unleashed on October 18, and finds Halford and his pals mixing holiday standards with new, original compositions. His backing band for this record is none other than his fmaly and friends, specifically his brother (Nigel) on drums, his nephew on bass (Alex, son of Priest bassist Ian Hill), has sister (Sue) on bells, and twin guitar tandem of Robert Jones and Jon Blakey.
You can hear and feel the power of Christmas time – energy roarin’ with rockin’ reindeers haulin’! Pre-order Rob Halford & Family’s new album Celestial now and hear the brand new track “Donner and Blitzen” https://t.co/NckpfVE9tx pic.twitter.com/cBqHOkmQk0
— Judas Priest (@judaspriest) September 6, 2019
Here’s a slamming video for “Donner and Blitzen” as a preview of what Celestial has to offer:
“The great thing about heavy metal is it’s got these kinds of multiple dimensions,” explains the man also known as the Metal God. “I think when you look at it from an outside point of view – if you’re not really familiar with the metal scene – it can look pretty intimidating. And it is a very strong, powerful experience. But it comes at different levels. I think the music that we’ve made on Celestial, for example, gives a display of that. Metal maniacs – as we call ourselves – are just as ready for the holidays as everybody else. And what we’ve tried to do with this music is to reach out to as many of those metal dimensions as we possibly can.”
Here’s the album’s track listing:
- Celestial [new song]
- Donner and Blitzen [new song]
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Away In A Manger
- Morning Star [new song]
- Deck The Halls
- Joy To The World
- O Little Town Of Bethlehem
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- The First Noel
- Good King Wenceslas
- Protected By The Light [new song]