You might have noticed that Viola and I are getting into the holiday spirit this year. But instead of offering the same ole sappy sounding Christmas music, we prefer to seek out the different and unusual. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up listening to the classic Christmas music sung by Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby. But sometimes I just need some holiday music with some kick, if you know what I mean. After scouring the interwebs, I found the following Rock and Heavy Metal albums dedicated to Christmas music.
Now, I didn’t listen to every single album in its entirety. I mean, there is only so much Christmas music I can take at once. But I did use MOG to listen to some of each to make sure each didn’t completely suck. It’s Christmas music, so you’ll find the cheesy tunes, just in more rocker/metalhead-friendly interpretations.
This way when you’re cooking holiday grub, from your recently purchased Mosh Potatoes, you can also jam to some rocked-out holiday tunes.
We Wish You a Metal Xmas & A Headbanging New Year – The album features an eclectic mix of rockers and metalheads performing rocked out Christmas tunes, including the always entertaining, “Grandma Got Run Over by A Reindeer.” Alice Cooper, Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy, Billy Sheehan, George Lynch and Geoff Tate are just artists who are featured.
Halford III: Winter Songs – In 2009, Rob Halford, the frontman from Judas Priest and Halford, released his own album of Christmas music. Included are typical Christmas standards mixed with a few originals the band penned. Halford spoke with MetalasFuck.com, and apparently he always wanted to do a Christmas album since the holiday still means the same to him today as did when he was a Kid. “’I think none of us really grow up at Christmas. We’re all like big kids on Christmas day, it’s magical,’ he said. Read the rest of the interview here.
Merry Axemas – This is an album I had in my collection for some time, and I always enjoy pulling it during this time of year. You won’t find vocals on this album, just straight up guitar jams from awesome players including Alex Lifeson, Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, and Jeff Beck.
Ho Ho Hoey: Complete Collection – The Boston guitar shredder Gary Hoey had a hit record in the nineties, Hocus Pocus. Since then, I hadn’t heard much about him. But I stumbled on this album, which has some good bluesy Christmas jams. You’ll find most of the classic Christmas carols on album.
A Twisted Christmas – The band that brought you “We’re Not Going To Take It” apparently thought it best that you take their version of 80s Christmas music. But that didn’t do any always way, the band made it twisted. Just in case you want to bring back the loud, raunchy side of Christmas, you can do so with Twisted Sister. continues to cause havoc and this time around the band chose Christmas as its target.
We Wish You A Hairy Christmas – Do you miss the hair bands from the 80s? Lucky for you, this collection of hair band inspired Christmas music features acts including Danger Danger, Bullet Boys, Warrant, and Faster Pussycat. I promise, you can’t get any cheesier Christmas music than with this album.
To finish things off, I thought I’d leave you with this fun video I came across. Viola and I think it is hilariously awesome, so we hope you enjoy it.