As the frontman of stalwart metal outfit Judas Priest, Rob Halford’s banshee-like voice elicits many things. To most, sugarplums and mistletoe wouldn’t have a chance of making that list. “Celestial” is that holiday long-player that nobody asked for, yet manages to be its own brand of endearing.

Halford takes on mostly solemn, traditional material. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Deck The Halls” conjure up images of Dickensian England, though in this version of “A Christmas Carol,” Tiny Tim is throwin’ the horns and Marley’s ghost plays a Gibson Flying V. Although dark at times in tone, it’s definitely an interesting listen.

 

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