Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Set To Release ‘Celestial’ Christmas Album

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Judas Priest frontman, Rob Halford, has got a bunch of family and friends for Celestial, his second record of holiday tunes, due for release Oct. 18.

Halford explained in a press release:

“Metal maniacs — as we call ourselves — are just as ready for the holidays as everybody else. What we’ve tried to do with this music is to reach out to as many of those metal dimensions as we possibly can.”

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According to UCR. the LP features heavy metal versions of holiday favs such as “Deck the Halls,” “Away in a Manger” and “Joy to the World.” There are also four original numbers: The title song, “Donner and Blitzen,” “Morning Star” and “Protected by the Light.”

Halford’s brother Nigel plays drums, his nephew Alex (son of Judas Priest’s Ian Hill) plays bass and his sister Sue plays bells. Guitarists Robert Jones and Jon Blakely round out the lineup.

Check out “Donner and Blitzen,” below.

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