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Halford: Why I trademarked 'Metal God'

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has explained why he trademarked the phrase "Metal God" in 2009.

He took the legal step to ensure the description couldn’t be used in commercial ventures like computer games. But he’s previously said he’s not fully comfortable with using it himself.

Appearing on Later With Jools Holland, Halford recently told the host: “I would never put myself on that pedestal. That’s the title the fans started to give me after the British Steel album.

“It’s something I really cherish – I don’t want anybody else to be the metal god but me.”

Priest have previously confirmed that plans to retire from touring had been rethought, and they’d hit the road in support of upcoming album Redeemer Of Souls after its release next month.

They’ve launched another teaser clip from the record – hear a section of Battle Cry below.

Judas Priest: Battle Cry

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.