fans expecting former lead singer Rob Halford
to unleash a new extreme-metal band (like his post-Priest
) will be disappointed with his new outfit, Two
. Although Two
does inherit some of Priest's
metal riffs and overall power, this is an almost completely electronic affair. Halford's
vocals are still unmistakable, but there's less high-pitched shrieking (i.e., the Priest
album Painkiller) and more of the singing/talking/screaming style that the techno genre demands. Two also tackle Tool's
demented alternative, evidenced in the near progressive track "Stutter Kiss" (with elements of latter-day David Bowie
added as well). The overtly melodic "Water's Leaking" is musical territory that Judas Priest
would never have permitted Halford
to explore, yet "Leave Me Alone" sounds an awful lot like electro-Priest
. Although many techno fans will automatically see the album's opening "I Am a Pig" and think of Nine Inch Nails'
Downward Spiral (which included the titles "Piggy" and "March of the Pigs"), Two's
is a much more straightforward album.