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Raskaampaa Joula
Raskaampaa Joula
December 2016
Released: 2006, Warner Brothers
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

For The Twelve Days of Christmas my true love gave to me…



12. Northern Light Orchestra-Celebrate Christmas

11. Notre Dame-Nightmare Before Christmas

10. Psychostick-The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride

9. Raskaampaa Joulua-Raskaampaa Joulua

8. Raskasta Joulua-Raskasta Joulua

7. Raskasta Joulua-Raskasta Joulua 2

6. The Kings Of Christmas-365 Days A Year

5. The Wizards Of Winter-The Wizards Of Winter

4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra-Christmas Eve And Other Stories

3. Trans-Siberian Orchestra-The Lost Christmas Eve

2. Twisted Sister-A Twisted Christmas

1. Various Artists-Monster Ballads Christmas

13. (Bonus evil album!) Onkel Tom-Ich Glaub’ Nicht An Den Weihnachtsmann



Every year on Dec 1st, I pull out the box containing over 40 of my cherished Metal Christmas CD’s. This year I decided to review a few more for Metal-Rules. Please enjoy all of this 12 days of Christmas Metal album review feature…, plus one evil bonus review! Who says Christmas can’t be Metal?



It might be a good idea to start by reading my review of the self-titled debut of RASKASTA JOULUA from 2004, because in that review I give a bit of history of the early days the band.



Two years after the debut, the band had some modest success and they got signed to a major label, Warner Music. You could tell the band had a bit of a budget because the packaging and presentation were better. The CD now had a nice booklet with photos and lyrics and a much better cover. I love the barbed-wire! Very Christmas-y!



As the band grew in stature more and more people got involved such as Tony Kakko of Sonata Arctica, Jarkko of Treasbetoni, JP of Charon. The album also saw the return of Marco of Nightwish has well. Overall this record builds nicely upon the foundation the debut. The production is a bit better, and we get a few original songs thrown in as well. The Metal/Christmas blend is very well done, I think for me the album highlight has to be the full-on, rocked-up, Van-Halen-esque, high-speed, shuffle-boogie version of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Petteri Punakuono) complete with shred guitar and drums triplets…Eddie And Alex Van Halen would be proud! For the most part the album is a very nice mix of classical and Metal.



It is interesting to note that the band name started as RASKASTA JOULUA (HEAVY CHRISTMAS) and then Part 2 was called RASKAAMPAA JOULUA (HEAVIER CHRISTMAS) and then after a gap of several years the band reverted back to call the project HEAVY CHRISTMAS and started giving the albums actual names.
Track Listing

1. Ensimmäinen joulu
2. Ilouutinen
3. Kun joulu on
4. Joululaulua
5. En etsi valtaa, loistoa
6. Me käymme joulun viettohon
7. Petteri Punakuono
8. Pieni rumpali
9. Sydämeeni joulun teen
10. Tähti tähdistä kirkkain
11. Tonttu
12. Ave Maria

Lineup

Marco Hietala Vocals (tracks 1, 12)
Jarkko Ahola Vocals (tracks 2, 5)
Antony Parviainen Vocals (tracks 3, 10)
Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto Vocals (tracks 4, 11)
Tony Kakko Vocals (tracks 6, 8)
Ville Tuomi Vocals (tracks 7, 9)

Vili Ollila Keyboards
Erkka Korhonen Guitars
Tero Kostermaa Keyboards
Lauri Porra Bass
Anssi Nykänen Drums

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