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Monster Ballads X-mas
December 2016
Released: 2007, Razor & Tie
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?

The good people at Razor & Tie Records know a good thing when they see it. The Hard Rock Christmas thing is a great way to combine a couple of worlds (Christmas and Rock) and probably make it lucrative by appealing to the rockers and to the novelty sense of it all. Right around the same time as the Twisted Sister Christmas album, Razor & Tie also released this compilation of glam/Hard rock bands doing Christmas tunes. It is almost like a set, a companion (in spirit) to A TWISTED CHRISTMAS.

MONSTER BALLADS CHRISTMAS is pretty budget in terms of presentation, I think I got mine in a Wal-Mart bargain bin, and there are no lyrics, or pictures or liner notes, just an ad for the Twisted Sister Christmas album and DVD! The CD consists of 15 songs, cover tunes of Christmas classics. The album title is a bit misleading as some of these aren’t really ‘ballads’ per se, but many of them are quite mellow. Skid Row kicks it off with a rockin’ version of ‘Jingle Bells’ and all the usual suspects are there doing the predictable songs. Queensryche does a lovely version of ‘White Christmas’, as Geoff Tate’s voice can make any song even better. Twisted Sister do a decent version of ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’ with Dee snider doing a duet with Lita Ford. Danger Danger do a funny original cut called, ‘Naughty Naughty Christmas’ which is the twin brother of the rare Ted Poley comedy christmas classic, ‘A Letter To Santa From a Horny 12 year old Boy’. I like how they have a tongue in check approach and a nice reference to their hit ‘Naughty Naughty’. Another highlight for me is Dokken’s surprisingly heavy version of ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’. Dokken fans will recognize and appreciate how they work a familiar opening riff from 1987’s BACK FOR THE ATTACK into the introduction before hitting the song proper.

MONSTER BALLADS XMAS gets heavier rotation in December than some of the other collections and it is fun throwback for fans of melodic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
Track Listing

1. Jingle Bells – Skid Row
2. Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – Kip Winger
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Jani Lane
4. I'll Be Home for Christmas – Twisted Sister (w/ Lita Ford)
5. White Christmas – Queensrÿche –
6. Run Rudolph Run – L.A. Guns
7. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree – FireHouse
8. Naughty Naughty Christmas – Danger Danger –
9. Blue Christmas – Tom Keifer
10. Jingle Bell Rock – Nelson
11. Silent Night – Faster Pussycat
12. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town - Dokken
13. Happy Holidays – Snuff Z'Nuff
14. Winter Wonderland – Streber
15. Christmas Love – Billy Idol





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