Rob Rock comments on each song on the album Holy Hell (2005):
Here is an email I received that I believe expresses
the album pretty well. I added a few of my own comments after each one
too to make it personal.
album opens with a blazing metal tune called "Slayer
Of Souls". One of Rock's finest moments. This is a fast paced
number that screams classic heavy metal. This has been released to radio
and is sure to draw many new fans who are craving the traditional melodic
metal sound. //This song has a very"live"
vocal performance on it and even has a bit of a "thrash" rhytmic
feel to it. This song came out killer in the mix and I was so pleasantly
surprised I opened up the album with it.
up is a song that is a definite grower. The first time I heard "First
Winds Of The End Of Time" I really didn't think much of it
but now after multiple listens it is one of my favorites on the new disc.
//This is a grinding groove that punishes you severly
as you get into the main verse. I always thought this song was strong
and it definitely gives the album a heavier feel.
three is a mid-paced metal anthem titled "Calling
Angels" and, in my humble opinion, has one of the most infectious
choruses Rob has ever sung. This tune has also been released to radio
for airplay and I agree that this was a wise choice for a single. //This
song was a great surprise too. It originally was going to be on "Eyes
Of Eternity" but I didn't finish the lyrics and vocals until this
year. A great melody and nice vocal harmonies like you hears with my "Impellitteri"
Hell". Another barnburner with an incredible chorus. Sometimes
I wonder how Rob is able to keep coming up with so many catchy and memorable
vocal melodies. This song shows that Rob is truly a master of his craft.
//My favorite song at the moment - killer drums
and killer lyrics and melody! A high speed metalfest and four minutes
later you have to hear it again because you can not possibly take it all
in in the first one to five listens.
Judah". Probably the most epic of all the tracks here. This
one has quickly become one of my all-time favorite Rob Rock tunes. The
power of this song has to be heard to be believed! I can't say enough
great things about this track. So I won't try. I will let you the listener
find out for yourself. //I'll just add that when
I finished singing this one in the studio, it was one of my favourites.
Not a single but definitely and epic vibe and feel and an awesome guitar
solo. I added some very high vocals last minute when we were in mix mode
and the result was phenomenal.
For some reason
Rob decided to do a new recording of an old standard. "I'm
A Warrior" has become something of a Rob Rock trademark or
theme song if you will. I must say his voice sounds better on this version
than any previous version of this song. A true classic. Mid-paced and
highly melodic, this song will have you singing alone by the second chorus!
If you haven't heard this song before then this alone makes the disc worth
the price of admission. //I wanted to put this song
on a 'Rob Rock' album because I've been playing it "live" for
years and it's one of my favorite songs that I have written over the years
and a fan favorite at our concerts. This is the version I recorded with
Roy Z back in 1989 when we first demo-ed the song for records labels.
Be Waiting For You". One of the most moving ballads I have
ever heard. I think part of the emotional impact comes from knowing it
is dedicated to the memory of Rob's father who passed away last year.
You may remember Rob's father (along with his mother) contributed some
vocal harmonies to the song "Fields Of Fire" from Rob's 2003
epic "Eyes Of Eternity". //This is a personal
therapy session for me. Nice ballad, all about the song and emotions and
it's a song of hope.
Darkness Reigns". Another ripping tune that has an opening
guitar riff that reminds me of something from 80's era Maiden or Priest.
Then the song suddenly changes to a very modern guitar tone, almost metalcore
in delivery, with a harmonic squeal firmly in place. Then somehow it melds
everything together to create the perfect metal sound. The guitars are
more varied in this song. This is all courtesy of guitar master Roy Z.
(Halford, Priest, Dickinson). //Another 'live' vibe
song - by this I mean it's a true performance vocal. Great drums once
is a track that sports a Maiden-esque gallop with a traditional metal
sound. Not leaving out some harmonic squeal that reminds the listener
we are in the year 2005. The listener is once again reminded of the fact
that Rob is simply at the top of his game vocally. //I
think this has a killer chorus too and very interesting lyrically.
Last up we have
another Abba cover "Move On" (Rob
covered "Eagle" on 2000's "Rage Of Creation") which
features dual vocals from Rob and Edguy mastermind Tobias Sammet. This
song is amazing and stands out as something a bit different from the rest
of the disc giving it some diversity and making it a more enjoyable listen.
//Tobias does a great job and this is a great song.
Huge chorus harmonies and stacks of vocals make it a treat for singers.
Roy arranged th lead vocals quite different from the original version
and the drums and guitars also make it stand strong. Very interesting
and yes it is a bit different from the rest of the album.
The lead guitar work throughout "Holy Hell" is
superb and showcases the talents of several different guitarists including
Carl Grimmark (Narnia), Roy Z., Bob Rossi,and Rick Renstrom. Lyrically
fans will love this as Rob lets his faith shine and tells glorious tales
of triumph and virtue in a world of darkness and decay.
//Roy Z and Carl Grimmark did about 5 songs each for rhythm guitars and
also most of the solos. Grimmark did an amazing job and added a special
dimension to the album. Jacob Hansen also added a great mix and I am very
pleased with the result. I think the Roy Z production is one of his best
and I think what makes this album stand out so much is the high quality
song writing. Every song is really good and that was our goal from the
very beginning. Derek Gores did an excellent job on the cover too. As
you can tell, I am very pleased with "Holy Hell".