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Review: Halford - Live Insurrection
Live Insurrection

Label: Metal-Is
Year released: 2001
Duration: 113:11
Tracks: 27
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: July 11, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 4.65/5 (92.97%) (37 Votes)

The name Rob Halford is synonymous with heavy metal music. From his work with Judas Priest all the way to his current solo work Rob Halford is no longer just a person he has become a living legend. The influence that Judas Priest and bands like Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath have had on bands that followed is just mind numbing. Now that I have kissed enough ass and shown my age let's get to the review…heh.

Live Insurrection is the follow-up to the very successful and critically acclaimed album Resurrection. I am sure by the title it is pretty obvious this is a live recording and all I can say is that this is one of the best live albums since Iced Earth's Alive in Athens. The band which includes Mike Chlasciak on guitars, Patrick Lachman on guitars, Ray Riendeau on bass and Bobby Jarzombek on drums is so dead on in the musical delivery it almost sounds like a studio album. Of course you wont be able to make that mistake when you hear the crowds just going absolutely nuts in the background. I say crowds since this was recorded at various venues over their 96-date tour supporting the Resurrection album. This album is just filled with killer tracks from start to finish and not just from the previous album. There are tracks from the old Priest catalogue as well as from Fight, the first band Rob formed after leaving Priest. There are 27 tracks on two CD's including three previously unreleased studio tracks at the end of disc two.
So what are the highlights you may ask? Well it is really hard to say since the whole recording is a highlight in itself but if I would have to pick one it would have to be the duet with Bruce Dickinson on the song The One You Love To Hate. It is not that this is my favorite song on the album it is just that there aren't to many tracks I can think of that feature two of the best and most easily recognizable vocalist in heavy metal history.

Overall if you are a fan of blazing guitars, drums that will crush your skull and music in general that can snap your neck like a twig this is a must have album. Any fan of Priest, Fight or Halford will absolutely love this album from beginning to end. By the way if you happen to hurt yourself while banging thy head don't say I didn't warn you.

Track by Track

27 Tracks that kick major ass. I really don't feel I have to give each a separate rating

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