HALFORD - Live Insurrection
March 24, 2001, 18 years ago
In the continuing pursuit of honesty - something that Halford has sworn to give us since admitting he was a dunce for straying from metal - the liner notes state that some studio magic was used to enhance a couple of the tracks on this album that were not, in fact, performed in front of a live audience. Don't fret though, because this is a monster of a live album, featuring plenty of noise from Resurrection, Priest and Fight done up raw and rude. The two tracks that were shazammed are Fight's 'Life In Black' and 'Light Comes Out Of Black', the latter being Halford's first post-Priest recording from way back when; a rarity to be sure. As for the real live Rob, he's still got pipes of steel, belting the screams out amidst much bulging of forehead, sounding better than he did twenty years ago. The Resurrection material in particular is full-on "Chew on this, ya wanker!!" metal, from Halford's attack to the band's balls-out performance (insert appropriate smart ass remark here). Insurrection also offers up a selection of obscure Priest tracks mixed in with the tried and true crowd pleasers, 'Genocide' and 'Jawbreaker' being of particular note. As for the new tracks, Halford gets top marks for 'Hell's Last Survivor' (recorded live) and 'Screaming In The Dark', while 'Heart Of A Lion' is previously unreleased Priest-pop that will only cater to some tastes. 'Prisoner Of Your Eyes' picks up where 'Silent Screams' left off, and like 'Heart' is an old rarity re-recorded. In all, a killer release, though if I have one complaint it would be the lack of between song babble from the Metal God. Okay, we don't wanna hear him preaching or telling a bedtime story, but without that band-audience connection on tape, the term "live" doesn't really mean that much.