Halford III: Winter Songs

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Halford III - Winter Songs
Halford III.jpg
Studio album by Halford
ReleasedUnited States November 3, 2009
Europe November 9, 2009
Germany November 13, 2009
Recorded2008–2009
GenreHeavy metal, christmas music
Length41:57
LabelMetal God Entertainment
ProducerRoy Z
Halford chronology
Metal God Essentials, Vol. 1
(2006)
Halford III - Winter Songs
(2009)
Halford IV: Made of Metal
(2010)

Halford III: Winter Songs is the third studio album by the heavy metal band Halford, the solo project of Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford.

History[edit]

It was released on November 3, 2009, in the United States and on November 9, 2009, in Europe.[1] Written, arranged and recorded between 2008–2009, it is Halford's first solo release in more than seven years.[2] The release includes a collection of new Halford-penned tracks plus traditional holiday favorites presented with original heavy metal arrangements by Halford himself and producer/guitarist Roy Z.[3]

The first single "Get Into the Spirit" was released on September 29, 2009.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs arranged by Rob Halford, Roy Z., Ed Roth, John Baxter.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Get Into the Spirit"Rob Halford, Roy Z., John Baxter5:26
2."We Three Kings"John Henry Hopkins, Jr.4:06
3."Oh Come, O Come, Emanuel"John Mason Neale4:38
4."Winter Song"Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson5:38
5."What Child Is This?"William Chatterton Dix4:27
6."Christmas for Everyone"R. Halford, Roy Z.3:06
7."I Don't Care"R. Halford3:14
8."Light of the World"R. Halford4:13
9."Oh Holy Night"Adolphe Adam4:09
10."Come All Ye Faithful"John Francis Wade2:27

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic [5]3.5/5 stars
Lords of Metal [6](77/100)
Metal Express Radio [7](9/10)

Personnel[edit]

Halford
Additional performer
Production
  • Produced and engineered by Roy Z
  • Executive producer – John Baxter
  • Mixed and engineered by Pete Martinez
  • Sound design, percussion, and engineering by John Mattox
  • Drum tuning by Mike Fassano
  • Mastered by Maor Appelbaum
  • Graphic direction, web marketing, and design by Attila Juhasz
  • Cover illustration and packaging design by Marc Sasso
  • Photography by John Eder, Marc Sasso, David Hildreth, and John Baxter

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chart Attack: Rob Halford Releasing Christmas Album". Archived from the original on 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  2. ^ "The Aquarian Weekly: Interview with Rob Halford: A Metal God Christmas". Archived from the original on 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  3. ^ "Rob Halford Sings Christmas Carols. No, really. Rob Halford has also single handedly created the greatest christmas metal album of all time". SMNnews.com. Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  4. ^ laut.de | Rob Halford - "Winter Songs" (CD-Kritik)
  5. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Review: Halford III: Winter Songs". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Halford - Winter Songs | Review | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - issue 99". Lordsofmetal.nl. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  7. ^ "Metal Express Radio". Metal Express Radio. 2012-01-21. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2012-02-20.