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Century Media Artists Give Christmas Tradition Insight

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Every family has its Holiday Traditions, from the holy to the secular, the materialistic to the generous and everything in between. Screaming through the Holiday Season Century Media artists prepare for eating, drinking and making merry!

IMPALED - Ross Sewage

“Ah, the dead of winter... my favorite time of year! Well, first I join my family and we start the burning of the Cruel Log. It burns for eight magical days... or for however long we keep pouring the oil from a dead baby seal's fat onto it. Then we take the kids and get a photo of them sitting on Satan's lap at the Church of Satan in San Francisco. We all ask for the coming year to deliver revenge upon our enemies. One of my favorite moments is decorating the XXX-Mess tree with ornamental dongs, dildos, and effigies of Jenna Jameson. Finally we tuck the kids away, and by kids, I mean me. The next day I get up to receive the presents Satan brought for me because I've been naughty all year. YAY!! A new scalpel and bonesaw! For New Year's... I get drunk. Big surprise.”

CRYPTOPSY - Flo Mounier

“Christmas is a time for family, friends, good food and drink. On Christmas Eve we go to my wife’s parents house and I start drinking early in the day with my father-in-law. He’s great that way. Then as the night goes on my in-laws all start dancing to pop music until midnight when the hors d’ oeuvres turn into dinner, tons of food. After that we open gifts, as this will be my son’s first Christmas I’m really excited to see what he gets.

“On Christmas Day we go back to Montreal and my parents come over to our house. Again we sit down to an 8-course meal and exchange gifts afterwards. I try to be home for the holiday because I really believe in celebrating with my family. Merry Christmas!”

NAPALM DEATH - Shane Embury

"Just finishing up a few last minute things at the house here in Birmingham before I make the not-so-long 40 mile trip to Broseley, located in the county of Shropshire, England. It’s where I was born and raised and where my family still lives. This I do without fail every X-mas unless of course I am touring, which we make a point not to (we are all quite traditional like that). The general plan will be to eat as much of my Mums home cooking as possible, give and receive a few tasty gifts, drink a couple of beers with my Dad, pester my sister and walk the dog as much as I can (Hopefully to burn off the mountains of roast potatoes I will be consuming over the next 2 weeks), oh yeah and play a shitload of Resident Evil 4 on the Gamecube.

“As for New Years, it will be back to Birmingham for me. I’m off to my local pub, ‘Scruffy Murphy’s,’ to be joined by guys from Benediction, Anaal Nathrakh and a few other crazed metal heads I know. With the new 24 hour drinking law that’s just been passed it could turn into a very entertaining night indeed... Wake up New Years Day (I hope) and start work on songs for the new Napalm Death album - I have 4 songs already - simple really! Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year”

NAPALM DEATH - Barney Greenway

“Christmas is the only time that I really have to relax, so even though I get more and more atheistic as the years go by, I still like to get into the groove with it. It seems the only time of year when (most) people bother to be cool to each other – pity they can’t do it the whole year round really. I usually go around my parents for a (fake) turkey dinner, watch my nieces enjoying themselves and then like to get around a few friends. So I spend most of X-mas driving in a car.

In future, I’d like to be constructive and help out at the soup kitchens or the abandoned dogs shelter. I always say I’m going to do it every year, but then I just go ahead and sit on my arse. What a sellout, eh?”


“I start off on December 23rd by drinking some spiked glue wine with some buddies. On Christmas Eve I have lunch at my grandma's and later dinner at my parent’s house. On Christmas day my brother and his family join up and we hand out our gifts. Later that night my friends and me usually get loaded. It is a tradition here in Sweden that people get really drunk the day after Christmas.”

Source: CenturyMedia

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1. psythe writes:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH - death metal artists doing joyous, merry, mainstream things like christmas present giving - i'm amazed they revealed such facts; usually their image gets in the way.

# Dec 25, 2005 @ 7:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. killingtime420 writes:

Agreed. Too bad image means so much.
Just because they're in a death-metal band though, doesn't mean they aren't human. The diverse feelings and longings a silly holiday can provoke shouldn't be surprising either. One of the guys mentioned "traditional". That's what holidays equate to - tradition, even if you're a non-believer (such as myself). I don't buy into the X-mas stories surrounding Jesus, or any of that stuff. Yet I do enjoy being around family during the holidays - it seems more or less that in those times most things are at peace, peace is good.

So: Be festive, even if only because of tradition.
Be with family, or at least people you care about.
Drink. Enlighten yourself with lost senses. Be safe though, always.

I think the fellows above have it just about right.

# Dec 25, 2005 @ 12:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. psythe writes:

agreed. and it REALLY IS too bad that image seems to be important.

# Dec 25, 2005 @ 6:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RememberMetal? writes:

Couldn't agree more.

I spent the day of xmas eve with my family and the night with friends drinking waaaay to much bourbon....I woke up @ 6am in my friends living room, hungover as f*** to beat my gf home from her graveyard shift at the hospital....

Godbless f***ing Powerade, tomatoes and tea (best drunk/hangover remedy ever), try it after New Years if you havent.....

If your really desperate to sober up so you aren't the living dead with friends and loved ones try Pedialite, It's how Pantera was able to function so well for so long.

As far as image in the darker side of metal, most artists aren't afraid to show that they're human. Just because they dedicate their lives to making the soundtrack to hell more complete and they sport long hair and tats does not a monster make....Plus labels, and magazines have the bands brood alot for photoshoots.

Photographer: C'mon Tool give me aloof and hateful.....ah ah Maynard don't you crack a grin.....

Maybe Dimmu Borgir and their ilk would shy away from having a flicker of narmality in their public identity, but even Glenn from Deicide is happy about talking about how much he loves his little girl.

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5. psythe writes:

glad to see they ARE human after all. Glenn Benton is one badass dude, though, seriously. makes me proud...gotta love maynard though, that guy's such a champ.

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