Lyric Dissector

Judas Priest's Rob Halford Talks Message of Resistance Behind "Lightning Strike"

In Episode 2 of our "Lyric Dissector" series — in which artists break down the lyrics to standout songs — Rob Halford walks us through a line-by-line examination of "Lightning Strike," the debut single from Judas Priest's forthcoming record, Firepower. The iconic vocalist unpacks the metaphors that he employs to tell a story of resisting divisive, fear-based manipulation at the hands of authority figures, reveals his deep connection to these issues and explains his view of Priest's community of "metal maniacs" as a unifying force that can help people overcome personal difficulties.