JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford‘s collected works outside the band will be packaged into a new box set titled “The Complete Albums Collection”. The set will be released on May 19th and among the efforts featured are:
“K5: The War of Words Demos” (recorded 1992, released 2007)
“War Of Words” (1993)
“A Small Deadly Space” (1995)
“Live Insurrection” (2 CDs, 2001)
“Live In Anaheim” (2 CDs; recorded 2003, released 2010)
“Halford III: Winter Songs” (2009)
“Halford IV: Made Of Metal” (2010)
Pre-orders are available now through Amazon. Judas Priest are currently in the studio recording their eighteenth studio album.
There have been few vocalists in the history of heavy metal whose singing style has been as influential and instantly recognizable as Rob Halford. Born on August 25, 1951, in Birmingham, England, Halford began singing as a teenager, fronting a local rock band, Hiroshima, and working as a theatrical lighting engineer. But a freak occurrence landed Halford the frontman spot with an up-and-coming rock band out of Birmingham, Judas Priest. In 1973, Halford’s sister was dating Priest bassist Ian Hill, and one day a few members were over at the Halford’s house, when they overheard Halford singing along to the radio. Priest had just lost a singer, so a tryout was set up, and Halford was promptly accepted into Priest, joining Hill, the twin guitar team of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, and a revolving door of drummers.
Sad Wings of Destiny With Halford on board, Priest’s sound shifted to a more metallic sound, and by 1974, their first album was issued on the small Gull label, Rocka Rolla. Although the debut was an unfocused affair that quickly sank from sight, with each successive release, Judas Priest focused their sound and songwriting, leading to a string of certifiable metal classics that broadened their worldwide fan base — 1976’s Sad Wings of Destiny, 1977’s Sin After Sin (the band’s first for Columbia Records), 1978’s Stained Class, plus 1979’s Hell Bent for Leather and Unleashed in the East (these albums in particular would inspire countless future metal bands: Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Def Leppard, Megadeth, Pantera, etc.) During this time, Halford’s look reflected a motorcyclist — dressed head to toe in leather and studs, he would even drive a Harley out on stage at each show. He also had become one of the best singers in all of hard rock, able to effortlessly alternate between a throaty growl and an ear-splitting falsetto.