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Halford - 2010 Halford IV - Made For Metal



ARTIST: Halford
ALBUM: Halford IV - Made For Metal
LABEL: Roadrunner/Metal God
SERIAL: MGE8077192
YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Rob Halford - vocals * Roy Z - guitar * 'Metal' Mike Chlasciak - guitar * Mike Davis - bass * Bobby Jarzombek - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Undisputed * 02 Fire And Ice * 03 Made Of Metal * 04 Speed Of Sound * 05 Like There's No Tomorrow * 06 Till The Day I Die * 07 We Own The Night * 08 Heartless * 09 Hell Razor * 10 Thunder And Lightning * 11 Twenty Five Years * 12 Matador * 13 I Know We Stand A Chance * 14 The Mower

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WEBLINKS: www.robhalford.com


Background
Deep down I'm convinced Rob Halford knew Judas Priest's 2008 'Nostradamus' was a total and utter failure, both musically and conceptually. Nothing else could explain this album, his fourth under the Halford moniker, which is the type of metal expected from not only Halford but Priest themselves. It would appear old Rob has gone to great lengths to return to the traditional metal of the past and it must be said this is perhaps his best solo work to date. Ably assisted by his usual band, there's a satisfying amount of heaviness here and one wonders why Priest aren't busy recording this material instead of Halford solo. Maybe Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing are still in awe of of their last album and the genius behind the concept.


The Songs
Halford immediately redeems himself with the gloriously cliched 'Undisputed', a galloping riff-fest with lyrics reading 'he's the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world!' It's good to see Halford isn't taking himself too seriously and this is true Priest style metal. 'Fire And Ice' piles on the speed and guitar pyrotechnics to the brim, but is also melodically aware, reminiscent of the 'Painkiller' era. The title track also relives the past, with lyrics about a metal machine who 'descends from the sky' causing all kinds of mayhem naturally. Totally cornball, but this is Rob Halford and heavy metal we're talking about here. Keeping the momentum flowing is 'Speed of Sound', which melody-wise is a replica of 'Electric Eye' and fifty other Priest tracks. That earns it a passing mark, a metal workout which shames Iron Maiden, something which admittedly isn't hard to do. 'Like There's No Tomorrow' has a strong 80's influence and by this point the album can do no wrong ... until the blues influenced 'Till The Day I Die' which sounds like Halford was up all night listening to 'Led Zeppelin III' and Lynyryd Skynyrd. 'We Own the Night' provides some keyboards in the background and veers of towards AOR in the chorus. Far from this direction is 'Hell Razor' which is prime Priest material and shows exactly why Priest flopped without Halford in the 'Ripper' Owens years. Slightly weak is 'Thunder And Lightning' and it's raunchy overtones that recall 'Pain And Pleasure' way back from 1982's 'Screaming For Vengeance'. Epic ballad '25 Years' meanders along for seven minutes, but with a track named 'Matador' following it, you really can't complain. At the age of 59 and still coming up with songs like this Halford has nothing to be ashamed of. Adopting somewhat of a modern rock edge is 'I Know We Stand A Chance', sounding totally out of place in the process. Therefore it's up to 'The Mower' to end the album as you'd expect, with Halford adopting his highest pitched vocals amidst another 'Painkiller' type assault from his band.


In Summary
A great return to form for Halford, although this would have been even better with Priest on board. This is what Halford excels at, traditional heavy metal, despite what ambitions his usual band may harbor. It's yet another excellent release in what has been an unusually above average year for heavy metal, as artists both young and old continue to remember what makes heavy metal feasible - simple heaviness.


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#1 | krokus on December 08 2010 09:31:26
Very good heavy metal record by the god of metal, HALFORD. I agree with the review. KILLER CD. BUY OR DIE.
#2 | Jez on July 20 2011 12:15:18
Not as heavy as I was expecting considering 'Resurrection' and 'Crucible' just fucking rocked big time, this one goes back to the more typical Priest sound of the 80's, albeit with a modern sheen and a more laid back approach to the vocals on Rob's behalf, although saying that, the final cut 'The Mower' is one of heaviest songs I have heard them do so far and fairly romps along at a pace, with Rob screaming his top off like a man possessed - great way to end an album. 'Undisputed' and the title track are really excellent too, with the 'Super sonic silver flying machine, made of metal it's a NASCAR dream' line stuck in my head for days afterwards. There are a couple of good slower moments in 'Twenty Five Years' and 'I Know We Stand A Chance' aswell as the epic 'We Own The Night' which is a classy track too. Top quality disc this one.
#3 | dangerzone on August 21 2012 15:17:06
YouTube Video:


Great job on giving this song an 80's AOR touchup![/youtube]
 
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