“Celestial” is due out on October 18, and the first single is “Donner & Blitzen”.
The album will include popular songs for the holidays, as well as new compositions. “What is great about heavy metal is that it has all kinds of dimensions. I think if you look at it from the outside – if you’re not familiar with the metal scene – it may seem intimidating. And it is a very powerful experience. But it has different levels. I think the music I made for “Celestial”, for example, proves that. Metal maniacs – as we call ourselves – are ready for the holidays just like everyone else. And what we have tried to do with this music is to reach as many dimensions of the metal as possible, ”Halford said in a statement quoted by Billboard.
For this album, Halford collaborated with his brother, drums, nephew, bass, his sister, percussion, and guitarists Robert Jones and Jon Blakey.
About the holidays, Rob Halford said it’s a mix of fun and understanding for any family. “It is beautiful, as long as it brings families together. So what better way to celebrate than with family, friends, and music. There must be Christmas music, ”he added.
The single “Donner & Blitzen”, titled after two of Santa’s reindeer, was released on September 5th.
Born on August 25, 1951, in England, Rob Halford has been the soloist of Judas Priest since 1973. Their collaboration was interrupted between 1992 and 2003 when he pursued a solo career and had several collaborations.
Established in Birmingham in 1969 by guitarist K.K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill, band Judas Priest released their debut album – “Rocka Rolla” – in 1974, after soloist Rob Halford, drummer John Hinch and guitarist Glenn Tipton joined the band. The group, considered a pioneer of heavy metal style, has released 18 studio albums, and among the most known and appreciated by the specialized critics are “Sin after Sin” (1977), “Killing Machine” (1978, released as “Hell Bent for Leather “in the USA”, “British Steel” (1980), “Turbo” (1986) and “Painkiller” (1990).
The group won a Grammy Award in 2010, in the category “Best Metal Performance”.