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"Voyeurs" (Epic; 1998) two.jpg (14337 bytes)

Reviewed by Snidermann

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"Voyeurs" is a trip into the mind one of rock's most respected personalities: veteran rock vocalist Rob Halford. Halford puts his heavy metal signature all over this recording and - along with executive producer Trent Reznor - they combine to put out a truly remarkable CD. 

As every reader of this site knows, Halford was lead vocalist of Judas Priest, the super metal group of the 70s and 80s, and has influenced contemporary metal for over two decades. His brilliant career has not slowed down since his departure from Priest. Halford consistently experimented with his music, taking it where no one has thought to go before. 

In 1993, Halford released his first non-Priest CD, FIGHT's "War of Words." "War of Words" was a critical masterpiece: hard, tight and to the point - typical Halford. "War of Words" was arguably the best rock CD released that year. Fight's second release in 1995 was "A Small Deadly Place" - a much darker and harder to understand recording not nearly as commercially successful as their first. 

Two's "Voyeurs" is a hard-hitting, heavy, twisted multi-layered trip into the abyss. Trent Reznor adds his distinctive influence into this recording and that only makes good better. There are some curious moments, however - Halford's vocals are a bit wimpy at times and the musical core gets lost in the complicated arrangements. 

If anything, Two makes one yearn for Halford's next project - whatever that may be. Regardless, "Voyeurs" rocks.

Rating Guide:

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) A classic. This record will kick your ass.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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