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Album Review

Holiday-themed albums need to either be pretty good, horrifically terrible, or completely original to cause even the jolliest head to turn. Twisted Christmas, a ten-track collection of yuletide classics from the band that once writhed atop a convertible singing the song "Burn in Hell" near the end of Pee Wee's Big Adventure, manages to achieve all three. Twisted Sister was always a group that would occasionally transcend their hair metal image with some truly majestic and powerful rock & roll, so it comes as no surprise that they filter the beloved Christmas carol through the same makeup-smeared sieve that brought the world "I Wanna Rock," "Wake Up the Sleeping Giant," and "The Prize." In fact, "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" sounds so much like a reimagining of "We're Not Gonna Take It," the listener can't help but become outraged at all of the injustice in the world. "Deck the Halls" sounds like a Ramones tune, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," featuring guest vocalist Lita Ford, could have launched a thousand lighters at any stadium in the late '80s, and the absolutely embarrassing "Heavy Metal Christmas" ("12 silver crosses, 11 black mascaras, ten pairs of platforms, nine tattered T-shirts, eight pentagrams, seven leather jackets, six cans of hair spray, five skullhead rings, four quarts of Jack, three studded belts, two pairs of spandex pants, and a tattoo of Ozzy") is almost impossible to turn off without seeing it through to its loathsome but charming end.

Customer Reviews


Sure, it may sound a little dated - after all, it's Twisted Sister - an EIGHTIES HAIR BAND... but this album RULES. Every year, the guys at work and I listen to this album NON-STOP at Christmas time. Even those who usually HATE Christmas music can't help but to tap their toe or jam-out to these new takes on old classics. True, some of the songs sound peculiarly like old Twisted Sister songs, but who cares!? You liked them then, so why not like 'em now!? A bit cheezy, a bit glam, a bit festive - ALL rock! I guarantee you'll giggle while rockin' out and pumping your fist...

Head-bopin, heavy thumpin, crazy hopin and sing along rockin jams.

Too bad all songs have a similar beat, nonetheless very good if you want to have some Christmas jams with a bit of Rock/Metal involved. Christmas+Heavy Metal+Rock= Twisted Sister. Not bad, not bad.

Christmas is upbeat

I can't stand the peacful crap the rest of the world gives us. It need to make me feel pumped up. I love this album and the Sister. They make Christmas fun. Now if the could make a Christian band that's a one up for me.


Formed: December, 1972 in Long Island City, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A product of New York City's early-'70s glam rock scene, Twisted Sister were eager students of the New York Dolls, with the theatrics of Kiss and the shock rock of Alice Cooper thrown in for good measure. While providing an excellent role model from an artistic standpoint, the Dolls' disappointing record sales and subsequent implosion would make it difficult for such faithful disciples as Twisted Sister to land a record deal, and the band wound up struggling for nearly a decade before finally getting...
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