Hell & Back
The leather lords' first album since 2008 assumes size matters. It's an hour long, and its deluxe version adds 20 more minutes: an Alice Cooper imitation, a Bic lighter ballad, some after-midnight raunch. The rhythm section and Rob Halford's pipes aren't always up to the task. But "March of the Damned" makes for passable doom, "Cold Blooded" sports a whirlwind guitar solo, superhero anthem "Metalizer" features banshee shrieks, "Crossfire" swaggers well, and "Secrets of the Dead" counts as reptilian zombie goth. Starting it all off: "Dragonaut," possibly about a dragon who also is an astronaut!