Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is releasing a new heavy metal Christmas album called ‘Celestial’ on Friday 18th October.
The solo album is being released under the moniker of Rob Halford With Family & Friends, and it contains eight hard rocking interpretations of festive favourites alongside four original tracks.
Traditional Yuletide classics Rob covers on the album are ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’, ‘Away In A Manger’, ‘Joy To The World’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘The First Noel’, ‘Deck The Halls’, ‘Good King Wenceslas’ and ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’.
The four original songs are called ‘Celestial’, ‘Morning Star’, ‘Protected By The Light’ and a riff-heavy ‘Donner and Blitzen’.
You can watch the official ‘Donner and Blitzen’ video to get you into the festival spirit below:
'Celestial' is available to pre-order in a variety of packages from Rob Halford's official website right now, and it comes with an instant grat download of 'Donner and Blitzen'.
Alongside the standard edition ‘Celestial’ CD and LP, bundles include a Rob Halford prayer candle, a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, a Christmas sweater and a Celestial Mega Bundle including a limited edition autographed gold vinyl LP.
Behold the beauty of the sweater!
The Metal God released his first Christmas album, ‘Halford III - Winter Songs’, with his titular band Halford, almost exactly 10 years ago.
The ‘Celestial’ track-listing is as follows:
2. Donner And Blitzen
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. Away In A Manger
5. Morning Star
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
They play the following shows:
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena – Fri 31st
Dublin 3Arena – Sun 2nd
Manchester Arena – Wed 5th
Newcastle Utilita Arena – Fri 7th
London The O2 – Mon 10th
Glasgow SSE Hydro – Wed 12th
Birmingham Resorts World Arena – Fri 14th