With Christmas almost upon us I can't resist telling
you about just one more more seasonal release.
Halford III's 'Winter Songs' is very, very funny indeed.
It's also rather good.
If Rob Halford turned up at your front door one
cold December night, on the back of a lorry with
his bunch of merry minstrels, thrashing out a metal
rendition of 'We Three Kings', I, for one, would
not have the heart to send them away without first
offering them at least a sweet sherry and a mince pie.
Empirically considered this album is an atrocity
but suspend disbelief, hold on hard to your sense
of humour and you might just have a good time.
The traditional items in this jolly collection
are executed (sic) with wild and wayward aplomb.
'Oh Come O Come Emanuel' thrashes along through the
deepening snow like a baby deer pursued by hungry wolves.
A blissfully irreverent rendition !
'Oh Holy Night' boldly diplays the self-evident
limitations in Mr Halford's vocal abilities.
It is an unutterably ghastly performance!
I loved every cringingly bad moment of it!!
Final track 'Come All Ye Faithful' sounds like
the gates of hell might be opening to swallow
up the assembled congregation.
I cannot believe that the angels of whom he sings
are truly on the side peace and good will.
Crikey, you can almost smell the brimstone!
However (and it is a big "however")
'Winter Song' manages somehow to be
rather lovely in the most unlikely way.
Mr Z's achingly cliched guitar solo is a hoot!
The project is a wonderful antidote to Mr Sumner's
recent dastardly festive ramblings and who, in these
dark and worrying times, could ask for more than that?
Highly Recommended/At You Own Risk.