Rob Halford announces ‘Celestial’ holiday album, FYE in store appearance | The Music Universe

Celestial is the first holiday album by the metalhead

Without question, Rob Halford is one heavy metal’s all-time great vocalists – as heard through his highly influential and groundbreaking work with Judas Priest. But over his career, he has also proven able to master a variety other styles vocally – including holiday-themed music. And in time for this holiday season, Halford will be releasing an all new album, entitled Celestial, available October 18th Legacy Recordings, and a day later, will be signing CD or LP purchases the album at FYE Arizona Mills, located at 5000 Arizona Mills Circle #612, Tempe, AZ 85282, at 2 pm.

Credited to Rob Halford with Family and Friends, the album mixes holiday classics with all-new compositions, and will appeal to lovers traditional holiday music and headbangers alike. “The great thing about heavy metal is it’s got these kinds multiple dimensions,” explains the man also known as the Metal God. “I think when you look at it from an outside point view – if you’re not really familiar with the metal scene – it can look pretty intimidating. And it is a very strong, powerful experience. But it comes at different levels. I think the music that we’ve made on Celestial, for example, gives a display that. Metal maniacs – as we call ourselves – are just as ready for the holidays as everybody else. And what we’ve tried to do with this music is to reach out to as many those metal dimensions as we possibly can.”

And judging from the “Rob Halford with Family and Friends” banner, Celestial sees Halford joined by a supporting cast those very close to him – his brother (Nigel) on drums, his nephew on bass (Alex, son Priest bassist Ian Hill), has sister Sue on bells, and twin guitar tandem Robert Jones and Jon Blakey.

Once all the contributors were in place, Halford “went away and listened to a lot holiday music and Christmas carols. Traditional stuff. 12 tracks – including original tracks that I’m particularly excited about. And in that way, because the dimensions each song and the messages each song, I think we cover a really broad platform. To me, more than anything, I wanted it to have its own characteristics and be a little bit more different than the regular rock n’ roll Christmas album.”

Halford has certainly accomplished this goal, as evidenced by such standout originals as the album-opening title track, “Donner and Blitzen,” and “Protected by the Light,” as well as reworkings such holiday standards as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Joy to the World,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” among other standouts. “‘Donner and Blitzen’ gets the snowball rolling for Celestial – a song full excitement, love and hope,” says Rob. “You can hear and feel the power Christmas time – energy roarin’ with rockin’ reindeers haulin’!”

“I think the holidays for any family are a mixture fun and excitement and apprehension the whole event. The magic it more than anything else. It’s just a beautiful time year – which a lot us wish would be for every day the year. It’s a beautiful thing as far as bringing families together. So, what better way to celebrate it than with your family, friends…and music. You must have music at Christmas time.”


1. Celestial
2. Donner and Blitzen New Song]
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. Away In A Manger
5. Morning Star New Song]
6. Deck The Halls
7. Joy To The World
8. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
9. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
10. The First Noel
11. Good King Wenceslas
12. Protected By The Light New Song]