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Halford - "Live Insurrection (remastered)" (CD)

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"Live Insurrection (remastered)" track listing:

Disc 1
1. Resurrection 04:02
2. Made In Hell 04:14
3. Into The Pit 04:15
4. Nailed To The Gun 03:35
5. Light Comes Out Of Black 05:01
6. Stained Class 05:33
7. Jawbreaker 03:25
8. Running Wild 03:02
9. Slow Down 04:40
10. The One You Love To Hate (featuring Bruce Dickinson) 03:12
11. Life in Black 04:26
12. Hell`s Last Survivor 03:25
13. Sad Wings 03:33
14. Saviour 02:58
15. Silent Screams 07:32

Disc 2
1. Intro 00:14
2. Cyberworld 03:05
3. The Hellion 00:48
4. Electric Eye 03:29
5. Riding On The Wind 03:11
6. Genocide 07:36
7. Beyond The Realms Of Death 06:52
8. Metal Gods 04:34
9. Breaking The Law 03:50
10. Tyrant 04:41
11. Screaming In The Dark 03:42
12. Heart Of A Lion 03:51
13. Prisoner Of Your Eyes 04:34

Reviewed by on July 5, 2009

"The straightforward metal platter that is delivered to such pristine refinement (and now remastered) is a good enough reason to hear the metal God alone, but when you include the amount of solid material to be found, you’re in for a real treat."

Originally released in 2001, Rob Halford's "Live Insurrection" contains a nice mix of material from Judas Priest, Halford’s solo career as well as Fight on this two cd collection. The straightforward metal platter that is delivered to such pristine refinement (and now remastered) is a good enough reason to hear the metal God alone, but when you include the amount of solid material to be found, you’re in for a real treat. The quality with which the stuff is played is quite splendid, bringing together the tried and true tracks to be found here with great aplomb.

Thankfully, the album sounds of high quality just like it is performed, and this is a big plus for a live CD. It has the same crispness as you’ll find on a studio performance and the band sounds like a tight unit here, as they cruise through the tracks. Some of the best tracks in Halford’s career are on dispolay, such as “Stained Class” and “Beyond the Realms of Death,” which show the classic feel of their tracks or newer ones like “Resurrection,” representing the modern flair that Halford has.

Regardless, you’ll find something to enjoy here, as much of a career’s worth of material is represented quite well overall. You’ll find yourself chanting the songs along with the metal God and he delivers his sermons quite efficiently, as he captures the stage with his presence. The only qualm on the album is its slightly uneven balance, as there seems to be more Judas Priest songs on the second disc in particular, and one might wish they’d spread these out a little more.

Other than that minor qualm, the music is quite splendid and we're given a huge performance to complement a lot of quality tracks. Fans of Halford’s work with Priest, or solo, or with Fight should find something to like here, as should most followers of metal in general.

Highs: Classic tracks that sound crisp and enjoyable.

Lows: Track selection and distribution could be slightly better.

Bottom line: Fans of Halford's best moments from Priest and otherwise should find something to like here.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)