Judas Priest frontman to release heavy rock Christmas album

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is releasing a heavy metal festive album.
Celestial will feature holiday favourites and new compositions with a hard rock theme.
“The great thing about heavy metal is it’s got these kinds of multiple dimensions,” Halford said in a statement. “I think when you look at it from an outside point of 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 of 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 of those metal dimensions as we possibly can.”
Halford made sure the recording process was a family affair by inviting his brother to join him on drums, while the rocker’s nephew and his sister joined in on bass and bells, respectively.
“I think the holidays, for any family, are a mixture of fun and excitement and apprehension of the whole event,” he continued. “The magic of it more than anything else, it’s just a beautiful time of year, which a lot of us wish would be for every day of 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.”
The album will drop next month (Oct19).