“Up here in space / I’m looking down on you / My lasers trace / Everything you do / You think you’ve private lives / Think nothing of the kind / There’s no true escape / I’m watching all the time” – Judas Priest
Are the opening lines of Judas Priest’s “Electric Eye” not an eerie similarity of the discerning eyes of the metal community, scanning its own turf for the annihilation of posers?
…Metal fans who find Five Finger Death Punch distasteful could nod in agreement.
The metal community recently turned its gaze toward the collaboration of Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Halford of Priest. The band and Halford debuted the track, “Lift Me Up,” on the Golden Gods Awards Show early May, and it was released on radio May 14.
|FFDP’s Ivan Moody and Rob “The Metal God” Halford of Judas Priest perform “Lift Me Up” at the Golden Gods Awards. Courtesy of blabbermouth.net.|
The content of the song certainly channels a metal spirit of perseverance within its sound, but it could very well be tailored to fashion the appeal of the age of Priest, with the presence of Halford. While this could perpetuate the discord between the poser-esque and the acceptable facets of metal, it is worthy to address the consideration of “Lift Me Up” being tactic, or at least, a subtle one.
Without a subjective motive to raise rumors or rant about the qualities of “Lift Me Up,” the collaboration between FFDP and Halford leaves a question of whether it sprouted from a strategy: Could having Halford’s voice on the track have been a way to secure themselves as a credible band of heavy metal genre? Or, could the instance have merely rested on the intent to include a reputable metal vocalist?