Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures

Hachette. Nov. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780306828249. $29. MUSIC
Is one book enough for a heavy-metal god? Heavens, no! Legendary Judas Priest lead singer Halford, whose unmistakable voice and style have reigned over the metal scene for five decades now, was not done when he released his first book, 2020’s Confess. As befitting a deity of his stature, Halford’s second book presents his memories, thoughts, experiences, and advice in the form of scripture for his beloved “heavy metal maniacs” to consume. It is organized into “books,” loosely resembling the books of the Bible. There is the “Book of Psalms and Testaments” (about songwriting), the “Book of Vestments” (about stage attire), and so on. Despite these themes, the author is prone to tangents, but Halford’s honest and warm recollections give the feeling of hanging out with an elder rock statesman who never fails to entertain. He shows the same humility and sensitivity as in his previous book, and readers will find that he is never far from his roots as a kid from Walsall, England.
VERDICT Rock-music readers who enjoyed Halford’s first book will enjoy his second just as much, if not more.
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