Various Artists We Wish You A Metal X-Mas And A Headbanging New Year
Released: 2010, Armoury
This neat little Christmas collection originally came out in 2008. Then I believe a follow-up EP was issued in 2009. Now finally in 2010 we have the complete package. If you are like me and live the Metal way all year long, it is good to have a handy supply of Heavy Metal Christmas albums. I have about 18 of thse seasonal compilations in my collection and WE WISH YOU A METAL X-MAS is one of the best.
What makes this one stand apart from the pack is the strength of the artists involved. Despite these being likely purely studio affairs where everyone sends in their parts, the star power is undeniable. It’s a nice little package, 16 cuts lots of photos of the contributors, and I love the little santa-skull wrapping paper motif.
The songs are a good mix, some contemporary, some traditional and all are familiar to most North Americans and Western Europeans. Chuck Billy’s version of ‘Silent Night’ is anything but silent and Alice Cooper does a great job making Santa Claus is coming to town sound real creepy. Elsewhere Stephen Pearcy has fun with ‘Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer’. LIps singing 'Frosty' is hilarious and it's also good to hear Doro.
You may only play to a few times a year but it is well worth it to own just to be play it Christmas morning for the family and start your own Metallic tradition.
1. We Wish You A Merry Xmas (Jeff Scott Soto / Bruce Kulick / Bob Kulick / Chris Wyse / Ray Luzier)
2. Run Rudolph Run (Lemmy / Billy F. Gibbons / Dave Grohl)
3. Santa Claws is Coming to Town (Alice Cooper / John 5 / Billy Sheehan / Vinny Appice)
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Ronnie James Dio / Tony Iommi / Rudy Sarzo / Simon Wright)
5. Silver Bells (Geoff Tate / Carlos Cavazo / James Lomenzo / Ray Luzier)
6. Little Drummer Boy (Doug Pinnick / George Lynch / Billy Sheehan / Simon Phillips)
7. Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Tim "Ripper" Owens / Steve Morse / Juan Garcia / Marco Mendoza / Vinny Appice)
8. Silent Night (Chuck Billy / Scott Ian / Jon Donais / Chris Wyse / John Tempesta)
9. Deck the Halls (Oni Logan / Craig Goldy / Tony Franklin / John Tempesta)
10. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (Stephen Pearcy / Tracii Guns / Bob Kulick / Billy Sheehan / Greg Bissonette)
11. Rocking Around the Xmas Tree (Joe Lynn Turner / Bruce Kulick / Bob Kulick / Rudy Sarzo / Simon Wright)
12. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Tommy Shaw / Steve Lukather / Marco Mendoza / Kenny Aronoff)
Bonus Tracks Version:
13. O Christmas Tree (Doro Pesch/ Frankie Banali/ Michael Schenker / Tony Franklin)
14. Auld Lang Syne (Girlschool)
15. Frosty The Snowman (Bumblefoot/ Chris Chaney/ Kenny Aronoff / Steve "Lips" Kudlow)
16. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (Dez Fafara/ Blasko / Doug Aldrich / John Tempesta)