Judas Priest Returns With Invigorated Effort

Jason Ferguson of Orlando Weekly reviewed the Judas Priest comeback album ‘Angel of Retribution’, which featured the return of the band’s original frontman Rob Halford. Ferguson writes, “For the generation of metal fans who have only felt Judas Priest’s impact secondhand via bands like Pantera and Iced Earth, ‘Angel of Retribution’ may sound retro, if not positively restrained. But if other bands with a 30-year history made recordings this invigorated and in line with their legacy, the current musical landscape might be a lot less depressing.” Orlandoweekly.com has since removed the article.

Judas Priest ‘Revolution’ Video

Judas Priest are out with the video to their new single ‘Revolution’, with Rob Halford back at the helm. The track is from their forthcoming album ‘Angel Of Retribution’, due March 1st. Check it out below.

Rob Halford Comments On Dimebag’s Murder

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford released a statement in memory of Damageplan/ex-Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott. “Hello everyone. My deepest condolences go out to everyone affected regarding the passing of Dimebag,” Halford writes. “His mucianship was superb and his original style was and will remain an inspiration to players worldwide. His friendship can never be replaced.”

Ozzfest Rebounds In A Big Way

Joshua Klein of the Chicago Tribune was on hand at the Tweeter Center Saturday for Ozzfest. After commenting on some opening acts, Klein said “everything paled before Slayer, whose warp speeds and unrelenting aggression have made its music timeless; few have yet to match it. With virtuoso drummer Dave Lombardo back in the fold, the incredible precision and overdriven assault of songs such as the group’s classic ‘Raining Blood’ felt like being on the receiving end of a truck spewing tons of rattling munitions. Compared to Slayer, Judas Priest sounded very much the midtempo relic. But that’s the point: The legendary British band’s reunion with singer Rob Halford is one of the reasons fans are calling this installment of Ozzfest the best one yet, and Priest stuck to a greatest-hits set that placated old (in every sense) fans while turning on newcomers to its hummable hard rock hooks and the twin-guitar attack of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton.” Chicagotribune.com has since removed the article.

Rob Halford Never Got The Gay Backlash He Feared

Rob Halford tells The Indianapolis Star he didn’t reveal he was gay while with Judas Priest because he believed a potential backlash could have hurt the band’s status, but Halford said the negative feedback from fans never arrived. “We separate ourselves, don’t we? When you go to the office, you’re a different person, basically,” Halford said. “That’s the way it is in all walks of life. I didn’t really, on a personal level, put much into it. I’m still able to do that now. I was just in Wal-Mart just a few minutes ago getting things for the bus. You have to be able to get offstage. It’s when you can’t get offstage is when the madness begins. You have to be able to live your own life away from work.”

Ozzfest 2004 In Mountain View

Judas Priest, Slayer, and Dimmu Borgir performed as part of Ozzfest 2004 at Shoreline Amphitheater on Thursday (July 29) in Mountain View, California. Check out pictures from GettyImages.

Rob Halford On Reaction To His Coming Out

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford recently spoke to the East Bay Express about fans’ acceptance of his homosexuality. “It’s a myth that I received any flak from the metal community over my decision to come out,” he insisted. “I have, in fact, received numerous positive responses from fans, as well as e-mails from people who were going through much the same thing. It’s horrible to keep something like that secret, and I felt I had to make it public. I discovered that I was gay when I was about nine or ten. I did go out with girls for a while, but it didn’t last.”

Ozzfest In New York

Black Label Society, Judas Priest, Slayer, and Superjoint Ritual performed at Ozzfest on Wednesday (July 14) at Jones Beach in Wantaugh, New York. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.

It’s Old School Of Rock During Latest Ozzfest

Isaac Guzman of The New York Daily News reviewed the Ozzfest concert at Long Island’s Jones Beach Theater on Wednesday night (July 14). Guzman writes, “While past [Ozzfest] gatherings have focused on cutting-edge, hard rock bands such as System of a Down and Korn, this concert – capped by a tremendous thunderstorm – was a decidedly old-school affair. Collectively, the three headliners – Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Slayer – have been performing for nearly 90 years, and they’re three of the metal world’s most iconic acts. Oddly, the oldest, Black Sabbath, sounded the least dated.” The full article at nydailynews.com has since been removed or relocated.