Halford (1998-present): a Heavy Metal band from Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
fter he left Judas Priest, Rob Halford engaged in several other self-started operations, including the Hardcore influenced Fight to publish two albums, and the Industrial styled Thrash attempt Two resulting in a one-off album. Both efforts boasted a marked change from his work in Judas Priest by utilizing a more Metallic Hardcore sound. Both operations failed after only a small number of albums, but in 2000 he returned with his solo, self-titled project Halford and the aptly titled album debut, Resurrection. The album featured the line-up of Rob Halford (ex-Judas Priest/ex-Fight/ex-Two; vocals), Mike Chlasciak (guitar), Bobby Jarzombek (ex-Spastic Ink/ex-Juggernaut/ex-Riot; drums), Patrick Lachman (ex-Diesel Machine; guitar) and Ray Riendeau (bass). Harping back to his days in Judas Priest, the album was pushed up the charts mostly on the strength of its title track, and Made In Hell, a kind of anthem fast-as-hell track on the origins and success of the heavy metal genre. The One You Love To Hate, another feature, sported guest vocals by Bruce Dickinson (of Iron Maiden).
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A world tour ensued with a subsequent live recording, Live Insurrection, following in 2001 with his second studio attempt Crucible following in 2002. Mike Davis would assume the bass duties shortly after. 2003 saw a bit of a line-up change with Jason Ward (bass) and Chad Tarrington (guitars), both lasting less than a year with Tarrington winding up living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to play in Forever the Pain, a band from the neighboring city of Burlington. Mike Davis and Roy Z would respectively replace them.
In 2003 Rob Halford announced his return to Judas Priest but this did not end his self-named operation for November 2006, saw Halford release a single titled Forgotten Generation. This "first wave" of Halford re-releases included remastered editions of the band's back catalog, initially released through the iTunes Store. Another of his projects, Fight, also re-leased an early recording entitled K5 - The War of Words Demos dating back to the formation of that act.
The compilation, Metal God Essentials Vol. 1 included the fans' favorite Halford tracks, but also the new recordings Forgotten Generation and Drop Out.
Halford III: Winter Songs (2009) featured new tracks recorded by his solo band between 2008-2009, as well as traditional Christmas songs re-arranged to heavy metal renditions by Halford himself.
Halford IV: Made of Metal followed in 2010.
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