And this time "War of Words", the debut album of "Fight".
Would you like to know how a combination between singer Rob Halford and the band "Pantera" could have sounded? Between Heavy Metal roots and angry metal groove? So this album is probably the closest thing to such a combination you will hear, and it's good!
Two weeks ago we reviewed one of the greatest albums of Heavy Metal - "Painkiller" by "Judas Priest", and we told you that just after the release of that masterful album, frictions began to emerge between Rob Halford and the band members, against the background of Halford's desire to work on a side project. The rest of the band thought Halford should dedicate his entire time to the band, and the growing pressure on him led him to announce his retirement from the band in 1992.
So this departure of Rob Halford from "The Priests" was related in part to the fact that Halford wanted to experiment with extreme areas of metal. The band "Pantera" warmed up "Judas Priest" during the tour of the album "Painkiller" and Halford liked what he heard and decided to produce an album that was influenced by the sound and style of the "Transformers of Metal" also known as the Cowboys from Hell.
When he left "Judas Priest", Halford took drummer Scott Travis with him, thus already assuring the badass double bass, the power, and the technique in the likes of Vinnie Paul Abbott. He went on to recruit young musicians to his emerging band, bassist Jay Jay and two talented guitarists, Brian Tilse and Russ Parrish who years later would change his name to Satchel and form the band "Steel Panther".
Halford wrote all 12 of the album's songs, including all of the guitar roles, which shows his commitment to the project and his desire for a change in sound and style.
This album introduces us to a different face of Halford, which in some parts of this album was just hard for us to believe was his voice! This album made us discover that Halford's voice is even more "divine" than we thought. It is much more diverse and with a significantly wider sonic range than we thought. For example, listening to his singing in "Contortion", it would have made Phil Anselmo proud, listen to him in "Kill It" or "Nailed to the Gun" and understand what we are talking about.
Also in terms of musical style, we get a much heavier, more aggressive, and rough album, with massive and edgy drumming and crazy guitar work by the two guitarists, Parrish and Tilse, who at times manage to embrace the sound of Dimebag Darrell's guitar.
We even have an amazing ballad on this album - "For All Eternity", for which only this whole project was worthwhile.