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“Into The Pit” (Box Set) by Fight

Artist: Fight
Title: “Into The Pit”
Label: Metal God Entertainment
Release Date: 5/27/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 5/5

Did you say that you were looking for a fight? Oh you meant the band “Fight”, well in that case have I got a release for you to sink your teeth into. Presenting “Into The Pit”, a four disc endeavor that gives you all of the bands releases on three CD’s plus a concert DVD as well. That’s right with this special limited edition boxed set we get the bands debut album “War Of Words”, their EP “Mutations”, and the sophomore release and final studio album “A Small Deadly Space” plus a full live concert that presents the bands second concert ever from Phoenix, AZ. The size of such a release requires that we break it down piece by piece and that’s what we will do as each CD gets its own little overview.
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“War Of Words: The Film” by Fight

Artist: Fight
Title: “War Of Words: The Film”
Label: Metal God Entertainment
Release Date: 1/8/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Rob Halford’s Fight was definitely one of the heaviest groups ever to slap the jaw of the growing “Seattle Sound” movement of the time when they jumped into the fray and began delivering some truly intense Metal. Halford’s decision to leave Judas Priest left many of the bands fans catatonic because the information was truly something that no one ever thought possible and yet it did happen. He would assemble the players Russ Parrish (guitar), Brian Tilse (guitar), Jay Jay (bass) and bring along Priest drummer Scott Travis and present to his loyal followers Metal that was much heavier than Judas Priest and worked well along the lines of aggressive bands like Pantera. “War Of Words – The Film”, brings to light the goings on behind the bands formation and offers up a lot of live concert footage in a beautiful package. The documentary that we are led to believe will be rather enlightening is a bit of a letdown when one compares it to other films of its type but again it is still nice to have around as opposed to not having it. I am guilty of expecting too much from the documentary and looked forward to Halford going into super deep detail on his Priest departure but sadly the commentary is nothing eye-opening or ground breaking in terms of its disclosure.
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“K5 – The War Of Words Demos” by Fight

Artist: Fight
Title: “K5 – The War Of Words Demos”
Label: Metal God Entertainment
Release Date: 1/8/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

When Rob Halford chose to leave the ranks of Judas Priest and begin new Metal adventures as a solo artist, the balance of things in the genre seemed to be torn asunder as the world wondered what would come from each side in the musical sense. Fortunately for the fans of The Metal God he would assemble a worthy group of talented young musicians and bring Scott Travis of Judas Priest along with him for the ride – the result would be a group that was very simply named Fight. The name seemed appropriate for a band that would pack as much Metal punch as they would and it was truly a great thing to find them being as heavy as hell and serving the needs of the fans who were beginning to follow bands like Pantera. Their solid approach to the genre would present itself well on their debut release “War Of Words” but the music on this CD brings us back to the months before this recording even took place. “K5 – The War Of Words Demos” is exactly what the title says it is and it brings the listener into the rehearsal and recording studio with Rob Halford and the guys as they flesh out the newly written songs that would eventually become part of their smoking debut album. As soon as it begins one of the first thoughts that come to mind is that they cannot be demos based on the sonic quality that the tunes possess. Yes there is some rawness and limited hesitation on one or two of them but the advancements in studio recording and engineering have allowed bands to come out with almost album quality demo takes in many cases and if one took these for some additional mix down and production it could have very well been released as the debut.
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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford CD/DVD Signing in NYC @ J&R Music World

If you have been a fan of Heavy Metal for any number of years then it is without question that you already know about Rob Halford, the legendary lead singer for the equally legendary Judas Priest. Their music has defined a generation of Metal music and formed its fanbase to record proportions. As a member of The Priest, Halford has recorded some of the genres most popular anthems and off the top of my head the ones that everyone seems to key into are “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”, “Breaking The Law”, “Living After Midnight” and “Hell Bent For Leather”. There’s a ton more and I know that I am annoying my fellow Judas Priest acolytes by leaving some “signature” tunes out, but this is just a musing and not a complete recap of the band’s history or their overall discography. After almost two decades with the group Halford decided to move on and front a band of his own design. The parting from Priest found him forming the band Fight, who were a brutalizing quintet when it came down to it. With Fight the singer would record two albums War Of Words and A Small Deadly Space. From Fight he would record with Trent Reznor under the moniker Two but this effort was very ill-recieved since it was not what the larger fan base had expected to come from The Metal God. When he had finished his plans with Two he jumped right back into the fray of Metal by forming and fronting a band very aptly labeled – HALFORD. These albums kicked new levels of ass for the singer and we would get two studio releases and a live album (Resurrection, Crucible, & Live Insurrection). The reception to Rob Halford’s revisit to Metal was met with great response and while we all anxiously awaited another studio album the news came in that he had reunited with his former band Judas Priest and a tour would be among the first things planned. The rest is pretty much recent music history with the exception of the fact that in late 2007 he would launch his own label imprint “Metal God Entertainment” and with this we would see a lot of great surprises released.

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“Metal God Essentials” Vol. 1 (with bonus DVD) by Halford

Artist: Halford
Title: “Metal God Essentials” Vol. 1 (with bonus DVD)
Label: Metal God Entertainment
Release Date: 9/25/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

In the annals of music history, Judas Priest’s lead singer Rob Halford is the Metal God and that is all there is to it. When you proclaim it aloud you will never find argument and when you review his accomplishments both inside and out of the famed group it is easy to understand why this is the case. Halford has been the epitome of a Metal icon for decades and his voice has often been mimicked by the bands that would follow him yet it has never truly been surpassed. The status he holds in the Metal music industry makes a collection/compilation like this something special indeed for it brings us away from the world of Judas Priest and focuses on the prolific solo career that he would have when he chose to leave their ranks several years ago. The collection is also a bit of a milestone for is not only the first of its kind of the singer’s solo material but also the debut release of on his self launched Metal God Entertainment label. The material presented on this release covers the Halford releases “Resurrection”, “Crucible” and “Live Insurrection” and even gives you a demo track to enjoy as well as giving the listener new mixes on some of his Fight material. To make it even better there are a couple of new numbers to enjoy as well and the listener will be happy to find that they are just as heavy as they expected music from Halford and his band mates to dish out. There is nothing from the project he did with Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor in “Two”, but I think that this would have taken away from the heaviness of the overall compilation. This one is a spiked leather gauntlet right at ones skull and when you play it at a certain volume the head banging and the air guitar just comes to you. With Metal God Entertainment Halford’s plan is to re-issue all of his solo material and give you not only remastered versions of these albums but to also include bonus tracks that you had only read about in the past. Favorites of mine remain the same as the ones I had when I initially heard them and to name a few I still love “Resurrection”, “Made In Hell”, and “Nailed To The Gun”. There’s more of course and it’s always hard to find fault on a hits collection of this type. Are there tracks missing that I would have liked to see well of course, but that is why this is labeled at “Volume 1”, for a second and perhaps third edition is sure to follow if we are lucky
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