A Heavy Metal Christmas Song Round-up For 2007
Band Photo: Twisted Sister (?)
Yet another way you can tell metal is on the rise (commercially) is by how many metal Christmas songs are out this year. I don't recall another year that I have heard of more than one or two metal renditions of Christmas songs. This year, however, I've seen postings for more than half a dozen of them - some old, but some new as well. So I've decided to compile a list of these metal Christmas songs so that fans of this sort of thing can listen to and download them while they're still online.
Personally, I'm a sucker for metal Christmas songs, but only if they're done well. I figure if I've got to listen to something, it might as well be heavy or at least have a rock or metal edge to it. Granted, some of these songs are not ultra-heavy, but I find them to be fun expressions for the holiday season by metal bands. Others are parodies of Christmas songs or Christmas itself, and these are usually heavier than the actual Christmas carols.
Without further ado, here's the list:
Rob Halford's other band, Fight, has made the "Christmas Ride" MP3, which was originally released by Epic Records as a promo CD single in 1994, available for free download via www.halfordmusic.com (free registration required).
KillWhitneyDead has posted Christmas parodies "Jingle Hell 2007" and "Merry Axemas 2006" for streaming and download on their MySpace page.
Sum 41 and Tenacious D have teamed up for a special song called "Things I want" that can be streamed and downloaded from Sum 41's MySpace page
FlameMesial's "Deck The Metal Halls" is still available for download here from 2005.
Apocalyptica has posted fan-favorites, "Little Drummer Boy" and "O Holy Night" on their MySpace for streaming. I really wish they would make these available for download!
Heavy Southern rockers Black Stone Cherry have posted "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" on their MySpace site for streaming-only.
Twisted Sister currently has "Silver Bells (Live)" and "White Christmas" in Spanish featuring Eddie Ojeda on vocals streaming on their MySpace page. These songs, of course, are from the band's 2006 release of Christmas songs on "Twisted Christmas." You can also view the new "Silver Bells" video on Youtube.
The complete tracklisting to "Twisted Christmas" is as follows:
1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
2. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
3. White Christmas
4. I'll Be Home For Christmas
5. Silver Bells
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
7. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
8. Deck The Halls
9. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
10. Heavy Metal Christmas (The Twelve Days Of Christmas)
Twisted Sister's web site currently has the entire tracklist available for streaming in an audio player on their "Downloads" page. You can also listen to segments of each of these tracks on Amazon.com.
Last but not least, let's not forget the Savatage (and solo) guitarist Chris Caffrey and Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick's hugley successful Trans-Siberian Orchestra and their "The Christmas Trilogy" (3 CD+DVD Box Set). While more of a rock-Opera than heavy metal, all of TSO's CDs are rockin Christmas style music. You can hear segments from most of them on Amazon.com as well.
While this guide missed Christmas this year, I'll try to present an updated one next year before the holidays. I know of a few more tracks I've heard of in the past, but only included the ones I could find links for. If you know of links to stream or download more heavy metal Christmas songs, please post them in the comments. If you're still interested in songs recorded, but not linked, AbsolutePunk.net has a massive list (general music, not just metal) of Christmas songs recorded.
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