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We Wish You a Metal XMas... and a Headbanging New Year!

Various Artists

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Ever notice that Satan is an anagram for Santa? There's nothing overtly satanic here, like Spinal Tap's "Christmas With The Devil," but if you want something a little stronger in your eggnog than Peggy Lee's "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," here are 12 familiar Holiday carols performed by an amalgam of rock legends like Alice Cooper, Lemmy Kilmister, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, and Dave Grohl, to name a few. Session hessians Bruce and Bob Kulick open with the title track, turning sleigh bells into slay bells with wailing guitars, tight- trousered vocal gymnastics and an all-too convincing double entendre in the phrase, "We won't go until we get some." If you're craving Motörhead's bastardization of Chuck Berry's signature riff, Lemmy brings it in spades on a gnarled version of "Run Rudolph Run," with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons providing the distorted, six-string boogie. Dio and Iommi put some late-period Sabbath alchemy into a foreboding rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" but Alice Cooper's twisted take on "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" takes the cake with John 5 shredding solos over Vinny Appice's pounding drums.

Customer Reviews

Love it!!!!!

This rocks!!!I loved the Twisted Sister Christmas album and this one ups the ante.Dio is amazing and its great to see so many of metals elite get toghether to do something cool like this.Also check out Michael Angelo Batio's Holiday album there is some brilliant work on there.Rock out and have a Happy Holiday!!!!!


1. One song has an explicit rating. Get over it. It's Dave Grohl and Lemmy Kilmister on a song together. They can cuss up a storm on Mary Had a Little Lamb for all I care. 2. I THINK THIS IS CHRISTMAS MUSIC!! Christmas music is what the listener hears, not the snobbish prude. Easy listening to some is racket to others, and boring hum drum music to me is Nat King Cole's "White Christmas" to you. It's good to have a choice. Don't you think the same frickin tunes get boring after 100 years!? It's nice to hear a new twist on the classics. Especially a metal twist. 3. This music makes decorating a tree a helluva lot more fun. Now my hot chocolate mixed with Jack D. doesn't seem so out for the ordinary.

Christmas at our house

This album goes along with the warped, dysfunctional Christmas that we always have had at our home for 22 years. Glad to finally have music that can drown out my husband yelling profanity at all of us as he throws the tree at us. For the reviewer who said that nobody could enjoy this while they get ready for Christmas, just one point: not everyone has the joy of a tidy little happy Christmas to look forward to every year. Some of us actually live in families that don't embrace the joy of anything, especially Christmas. Nice to finally have music to match the holiday feelings at our house. Thanks guys!

We Wish You a Metal XMas... and a Headbanging New Year!
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Holiday, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2008
  • Parental Advisory

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