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Sunday Old School: Rob Halfords Industrial Revolution, Two

A few months ago we took a look at Judas Priest, one of the most important and many would say greatest bands in the history of heavy metal. However in the early 1990s, the groups lead vocalist Rob Halford decided to quit the band and pursue other musical interests. The most controversial of these, was Two (sometimes written as 2wo), an industrial metal band he formed alongside guitarist John Lowery.

The band was formed by Halford and Lowery in 1997 after Halford decided not to continue his previous band, Fight. They quickly found themselves signed to Nothing Records, which was founded by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and released their Reznor produced debut album, "Voyeurs" the following year. It was around this time that Halford first openly stated that he was homosexual and the band worked with gay porn director Chi Chi Laurue for their music video "I Am A Pig." The band received a harsh backlash from long time fans of Rob Halford, who wanted to hear more of a traditional heavy metal style and concert attendence was generally poor, coupled with the problem of audience members shouting for the band to perform Judas Priest songs. A music video and single release was planned for the song "Stutter Kiss" as it had featured on the soundtracks for a few movies, however this idea was scrapped due to the albums poor commercial performance.

Although there was talk of the band recording a second studio album for a different label, it was not meant to be. Halford disbanded Two in 1998 and formed a new band, simply named Halford which was more in the vein of the traditional heavy metal sound for which he was known. John Lowery went on to become the guitarist for Marilyn Manson and later Rob Zombie. Since the bands demise, the "Voyeurs" albums has gained a cult following among fans of industrial metal and Rob Halford, with Halford saying he would like to release the demos the band did for the album as they were apparantly heavier and more metal sounding, claiming Trent Reznor had too much control over the production for "Voyeurs." Reznor himself has disowned the album and when questioned about it, has been very critical of the record.

Two - "I Am A Pig"

Two - "My Ceiling's Low"

Two - "Gimp"

Two - "Water's Leaking"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. grim writes:

Don't know about anyone else but i loved this album when it came out, i didn't really listen to all that much Priest back then so didn't care about all the complaints about the departure of style, a follow up would have been nice especially one a bit more metallic but keeping the industrial edge. Wonder if he'll ever consider it?
first time ive heard that "shout" song though is it a cover or just an unreleased track?

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2. Diamond Oz writes:

Unreleased track I think. I believe it was meant to appear on the second album that never happened.

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3. leifj writes:

Amazing - I went searching after watching the four videoes - this was interesting - and luckyli, I found it. So now I will go for finding a physical edition if it is possible. But for sure Rob Halford has entired my archives. I am quite new in here in spide of my age - 54.

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4. Diamond Oz writes:

Never too old to discover new music! There are physical copies available through Ebay and Amazon I think.

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