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Halford's 2001 "Live Insurrection" is an absolutely brilliant live album. This release consists of several songs recorded live during Halford's 2000 and 2001 "Resurrection" World Tour joined with a few bonus tracks.
Disc one from Halford's live album, which consists of fifteen well selected tracks, opens with the title song from the band's 2000 LP, "Resurrection", followed by the fast paced "Made In Hell". The third track is, surprisingly, but certainly not disappointingly, a song taken from Fight's 1993 "War Of Words" LP, "Into The Pit". Fight is the band Rob Halford formed in 1993 after leaving Judas Priest, accompanied by drummer Scott Travis. Although Fight released only two studio albums and one EP, along with many singles, their albums were packed with great songs. "Nailed To The Gun", "Live Insurrection"'s fourth track, is also taken from Fight's 1993 studio album. The fifth and eleventh songs from Halford's 2001 release, "Light Comes Out Of Black" and "Life In Black", were recorded in the studio and added, with the help of some studio magic, to the album. Although these song were not actually played live, they sound great make a nice addition to "Live Insurrection". The sixth, seventh and eighth songs from Halford's live album, "Stained Class", "Jawbreaker" and "Running Wild", are Judas Priest classics played wonderfully by "The Metal God"'s newly formed band. "Slow Down", from Halford's "Resurrection", is the ninth track followed by the band's lead singer's duet with the mighty Iron Maiden vocalist : Bruce Dickinson. "Hell's Last Survivor" and "Sad Wings", "Live Insurrection"'s next two songs, are original tracks written by Halford, with the help of guitarists Mike Chlasciak and Patrick Lachman, and make a great addition to Halford's live album. After over fifty minutes of live heavy fucking metal, "Live Insurrection"'s first disc ends wonderfully with two songs from the band's 2000 studio album : "Saviour" and "Silent Screams".
A short fourteen second introduction followed by the speedy track "Cyberworld" appear first on "Live Insurrection"'s second disc. Halford plays an absolute Judas Priest masterpiece next : "The Hellion/Electric Eye". It would a great disappointment if this fan favorite didn't appear on this live album. Therefore, the band certainly made a wise choice by selecting "The Hellion/Electric Eye" as part of their set list. The next six tracks from disc two, "Riding On The Wind", "Genocide", "Beyond The Realms Of Death", "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Tyrant", are all Judas Priest songs that appear on some of the British heavy metal band's greatest studio albums : "British Steel" and "Screaming For Vengeance" to name a couple. As the "live" section of Halford's release comes to an end, the "bonus material" part of it begins. "Screaming In The Dark", a newly recorded studio track, follows the live version of Judas Priest's "Tyrant". The next two bonus tracks that appear after "Screaming In The Dark", "Heart Of A Lion" and "Prisoner Of Your Eyes", are Judas Priest songs that, surprisingly, we're never recorded as part of a studio album.
Halford's "Live Insurrection" is an absolutely wonderful heavy metal album. Releasing a live album with a group after only releasing one studio album is an almost impossible thing to do. However, as usual, Rob Halford finds a way to do the impossible. Halford's first live performance should, certainly, be welcome to join any metal collection.