The Best Heavy Metal Christmas Albums
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It's a yearly tradition for metal bands, sometimes of the very extreme death/black variety, to pull out a few tongue-in-cheek Christmas covers around this time.
While most are just jokes or aren't pulled off with much effort, there have been a handful of legitimately awesome heavy metal Christmas albums released, and we're going to show you the ones worth hearing.
If you've got a significant other or family member who insists on Christmas music this time of year, these are the albums you want to pull out to really give them a shock!
Death Metal Christmas - "Hellish Renditions Of Christmas Classics"
Back in 2013, Hate Eternal bass maverick J.J. Hrubovcak released a twistedly unholy rendition of some of the seasons darkest hymns. The EP as a whole is a bit hit or miss, but that death metal rendition of "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" is absolutely killer. For all the hype this got at the time, it's a shame there's never been a follow-up release.
August Burns Red - "Sleddin' Hill"
While I'm not a huge August Burns Red fan personally, this Christmas album is absolutely phenomenal, and filled to the brim with metallic recreations of classic holiday tunes along with some originals. It's also instrumental, which is a plus, as the instrumentation here is top-notch and the band puts a heavy spin on these songs to a much better degree than many heavy metal Christmas albums that came before.
Psychostick - "The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride"
A raucous, rowdy release that's less full of Pyschostick's trademark humor and more filled with pissed-off vocals and riffs, "The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride" was released in 2007 as a "cynical jab to the overly commercialized holiday season." It also happens to be one of the heaviest Psychostick releases to date.
Halford - "Halford 3: Winter Songs"
Rob Halford's solo project brought out this holiday themed album back in '09 and it features solid heavy metal renditions without going all the way into the extreme side like a few of the others listed here, maintaining a lot more of the melody.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - "The Lost Christmas Eve"
This is actually a pretty wild ride for a Christmas album, and is more of a full symphonic metal opera experience than a collection of individual tracks. If you haven't experienced Trans-Siberian Orchestra before, this is a great place to start.
What's your favorite heavy metal Christmas song, and what did you think of our picks for the best holiday metal music?
Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.
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