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Various Artists - We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year
2008


01. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
02. Run Rudolph Run
03. Santa Claws Is Coming To Town
04. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
05. Silver Bells
06. Little Drummer Boy
07. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
08. Silent Night
09. Deck The Halls
10. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
11. Rocking Round The Xmas Tree
12. Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

[2010 re-release bonus tracks]
13. O' Christmas Tree
14. Auld Lang Syne
15. Frosty The Snowman
16. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer


Ok, in the parlance of our times, the Christmas season starts immediately after the Halloween decorations are down (or the Christmas season starts in September if your that one nut job on every block who starts setting up Christmas lights way too fucking early.) So, to cater to those people who need something "metal" themed for pretty much every aspect of their life, we find a wide array of metal superstars butchering classic Christmas carols. Who, you may ask? Well, everyone you thought was above doing something so embarrassing; Lemmy, Dio, Lips Kudlow, George Lynch, Dave Grohl, Dez Fafara, Tony Iommi, Alice Cooper, Chuck Billy, Billy Sheehan, John 5, Girlschool, Tracii Gunns, Doro, Scott Ian - the list goes on...

Now normally, I wouldn't approve of delving too much into politics when it comes to music, but I would agree with anyone who would raise their eyebrows at a bunch of normally (mostly) respectable musicians trying to make a quick buck off some royalty free public domain songs. Here's the kicker: in this new edition with the bonus songs and whatnot, Wendy Dio is credited as the executive producer and it includes a short message on the inside telling us about the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund. Knowing at least a chunk of proceeds are going to a decent cause puts a totally different spin on an album like this; in other words, it's safe to sit back and laugh without that shameful word "sellout" nagging at you.

That being said, the music for the most part is a complete joke, occasionally the way some of these carols have been beefed up sounds surprisingly good - if you replaced the lyrics and kept the same tune, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" sounds really natural with Dio & Iommi playing it, "Run Rudolph Run" has that rockabilly sound that really suits Lemmy, and Girlschool add a nice punk sound to "Auld Lang Syne". Everything else is cringe-inducing; I'd die happy if I never had to listen to Dez Fafara singing "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" ever again.

All in all it's a fun release, obviously not meant to be taken seriously. So why not? Have a good laugh while a few bucks go toward a good cause.


 



Written on 09.11.2010 by
Doc Godin
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RAZAWOLF - 09.11.2010 at 16:33  
Sad sad album
BitterCOld - 09.11.2010 at 18:28  
While i'm not into "modern" Christmas toons (exceptions: Weird Al's "Christmas At Ground Zero" and the Vandals "Oi to the World" and "Hang Myself by the Christmas Tree") i think it is commendable that proceeds are going to the RJDSU&SCF. that factor makes this album infinitely more important than some other famous cashgrabbing musicians tribute to Dio.

besides, half the guys contributing probably have kids... and their kids probably get a kick out of daddy appearing on some "crazy" christmas album.
zsz - 09.11.2010 at 19:31  
Good metal Christmas songs are like snowfall in Amazon rainforest. Happens once in a lifetime and even then it's likely to be not true.
Asunder - 10.11.2010 at 03:29  
God I hate Christmas songs.
LeChron James - 12.11.2010 at 11:56  
An Afroman Christmas>We Wish You a Metal Xmas...

Hands Down.
BellTower - 16.11.2010 at 13:49  
Carol of the Bells could have been on this album.
ScreamingSteelUS - 08.09.2012 at 07:17  
I would have to agree with the review. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is so perfect for Dio's voice and Iommi's guitar that it would be a crime to not have recorded it; same goes for "Run Rudolph Run," which suits Lemmy amazingly. "Silent Night" with Chuck Billy, Scott Ian, Jon Donais, Chris Wyse, and John Tempesta is pretty decent as well, even if just for a laugh.

Otherwise, it's exactly what you see on your average tribute album. I can't even listen to "Silver Bells" because Geoff Tate clearly cannot hit half of those notes.

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