I am not familiar with the work of Judas Priest, so this album has been my first introduction to Rob Halford’s work. It is an extremely well made album, and I listen to it on an average of 3 times a day. If you are a fan of Rob Halford, NineInchNails, The Smashing Pumpkins or Jane’s Addiction, BUY THIS ALBUM!!!
Ironically, Judas Priest’s replacement lead singer, Tim Owens, sounds more like the original vocal Priest, Rob Halford, than Halford himself does on Voyeurs, the first record by his band Two, which features Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Discarding his piercing scream, Halford sings complete melodies that vary in tone from plaintive to mildly annoyed. What really defines Two, however, is Reznor’s mechanical manipulations, which convert mainstream metal and alternative numbers into haunting, cybernetic vistas. When he’s working with the band’s best material, Voyeurs is electrifying, but when the band lapses into autopilot, even Reznor can’t save Two from sounding like Stabbing Westward. –Jon Wiederhorn
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Two’s Voyeurs has struck me as a serious, though often failed, foray into new territory for NWOBHM’s master vocalist. It’s not Judas Priest and it’s not Nine Inch Nails; thankfully, I don’t think that was ever the idea. The lyrics range from creepy to outlandishly stupid. However, Halford and company hit some high marks. The first three tracks are fairly catchy, though “I Am a Pig” and “Leave Me Alone” have some laughable lyrics. “Stutter Kiss” is killer — epic, and better than anything Priest has put out in recent memory. The first half of the album attempts to keep up appearances and keep up the maniacal image established by Al, Trent, and Alec. However, Halford did a more convincing job of this on ultimate Priest-cheese like “Night Crawler.” As Voyeurs drifts into “Down in the Ground,” the poorly assumed S/M veil of the first six tracks gives way to good, grinding, electronica-inflected, melodic songs…bordering on pop. On “Down in the Ground” and “Hey Sha-La-La,” Two find a suitable pairing of “Hell Bent for Leather” and “Kinda I Want To,” without sounding like Priest or Nails. I’d recommend the CD to those who want a Two album, not another Judas Priest or Nine Inch Nails album. Such listeners ought not to mind a little experimentation — even if it runs off the cheese meter now and again. If you’d like another Judas Priest album, I submit to you the near-artifact “Demolition,” where Priest try to be something they’re not with a singer whose vocals merely ape those of the greatest heavy metal voice of them all.
Great, great CD ( Wish Rob and Trent would collaborate again). Bought it for “I Am A Pig” and was pleased that the rest was just as good. Fans of Metal/Industrial/Darkwave will enjoy this work.
Here’s something I found strange. We have Rob Halford, the famous frontman of Judas Priest in a band called Two. He’s signed to Trent Reznor’s record label “Nothing.” His guitar player is John Lowery who once played with David Lee Roth (on the album “DLR Band”) and then Marilyn Manson (as John5). Oh and his voice is almost unrecognizable. That’s a complaint I see frequently in the reviews for this album and I want to say…Halford has always been pretty good at changing what his voice sounds like. Listen to the songs “Hellbent for Leather,” “Breaking the Law,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” and listen to how different his voice sounds in each song. Well, anyways…This album, to me, sounded like Nine Inch Nails material (without the main topic of “sex”) as far as music, and occasionally lyrically it did too. That combined with Lowery’s ace guitar playing and Halford’s sometimes creepy vocals make this album a little different than other material you’ve previously heard but just as good. Don’t hesitate to listen to this album or even buy it for that matter. This CD is awesome.
1. I Am a Pig-5/5-The vocals don’t sound that much like Rob Halford, this song is awesome. The song is pretty catchy and his voice does sound good. The beat is very cool as well.
2. Stutter Kiss-4/5-This song is pretty good, but could’ve been shorter.
3. Water’s Leaking-5/5-This song is awesome. Halford sings some of the lines in a way that struck me as annoying, but looking past that…
4. My Ceiling’s Low-5/5-Despite the strange title, this song is great.
5. Leave Me Alone-5/5-Another good song. Certain lyrics seem to pertain to the fact that he’s gay. And if I’m not mistaken, he did come out just around the time this album came out.
6. If-5/5-Slower than the previous songs but very cool.
7. Deep in the Ground-5/5-One of the best songs on the album. The keyboards and sythesizers on this song are really good.
8. Hey, Sha La La-5/5-This song is extremely catchy.
9. Wake Up-5/5-Sounds a bit like some of the other songs on the album, but it’s still good.
10. Gimp-5/5-I find the title ironic (you might as well if you’ve ever seen “Pulp Fiction) but the song’s good.
11. Bed of Rust-5/5-Another really good song. The atmosphere of it is perfect.
Sounds great with Rob’s work mixed with Trents work. This album is great. The lyrics are straight to your face and heavy with a sort of industrial backbeat that carries the songs through. Pick this album up if you like Halford. He has yet, to record an album that is not worthy in my book.