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The Kings Of Christmas
365 Days A Year
Released: 2011, Indie
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?
In order to understand the semi-complicated history of this band you almost have to read my review of the album called THE WIZARDS OF WINTER by the band of the same name. The two bands are inextricably linked. Basically a bunch of guys from TSO quit, created the Kings Of Christmas, but ended up joining the Wizards of Winter.
Apparently back in 2010 or so there was (allegedly) a fairly unhappy split with a handful of the touring members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. They formed a band called The Kings Of Christmas and released a solitary album called 365 DAYS A YEAR. It was an independent release back in 2011. It is quite a nice package, it comes with a 16-page booklet which describes the concept and has a heartfelt introductory essay.
Of all the Christmas Rock Operas I own, (about a dozen) this one is the weakest. That seems odd considering the star-power of the three ex-TSO guys, but it is just too mellow. The concept revolves around 13 Christmas ornaments, one song per ornament and each one tells a tale. There are little notes of explanation for each cut as will, which is always helpful. It is not bad but there is too much smooth jazz, slow songs, mellow parts…it never really gathers steam. ‘Soldiers Song (The Wall)’ is the only cut on the album with any vigour. It is a very relaxing and happy album, beautifully performed but lacks the bombastic pomp of the bands of this category. Imagine if you heard TSO without Savage and you would get The Kings Of Christmas. It seems to be a very personal album from the guys in the NYC area…there are a few songs and lyrics about New York and Long Island and childhood memories.
I see and hear what The Kings Of Christmas were trying to do, break away from the behemoth of TSO and create something a little more warm, more down home …maybe a little less bombastic and epic. In that regard they have succeeded admirably. BUT…for readers of this review on Metal-Rules.com, 365 DAYS A YEAR is just to mellow to fully recommend, unless you are a TSO spin-off collector.
1. Christmas On Long Island
3. Letter to Santa
4. Christmas Wreath
5. The Empty Chair
6. Christmas Passed
7. How Do You Feel
8. Pages of My Life
9. Soldier's Song (The Wall)
10. New York Christmas
11. How's Your Life
12. Time of Year
13. Henry the Horse
Tommy Farese - vocals
Guy LeMonnier - vocals
Tony Gaynor - vocals
Michael Lanning - vocals
Dave Silva - vocals
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