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We Wish You A Metal Christmas Compilation
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|1. Run Rudolph Run (Lemmy / Billy F. Gibbons / Dave Grohl)|
|2. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Alice Cooper / John 5 / Billy Sheehan / Vinny Appice)|
|3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Ronnie James Dio / Tony Iommi / Rudy Sarzo / Simon Wright)|
|4. Little Drummer Boy (Dug Pinnick / George Lynch / Billy Sheehan / Simon Phillips|
|5. Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Tim "Ripper" Owens / Steve Morse / Juan Garcia / Marco Mendoza / Vinny Appice)|
|6. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Tommy Shaw / Steve Lukather / Marco Mendoza / Kenny Aronoff)|
|7. Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer (Stephen Pearcy / Billy Sheehan / Greg Bissonette)|
|8. Rocking Round the Xmas Tree (Joe Lynn Turner / Bruce Kulick / Rudy Sarzo / Simon Wright)|
|9. Silent Night (Chuck Billy / Scott Ian / Jon Donais / Chris Wyse / John Tempesta / Geoff Tate)|
|10. Silver Bells (Jeff Scott Soto / Carlos Cavazo / James Lomenzo / Ray Luzier)11. Deck the Halls (Oni Logan / Craig Goldy / Tony Franklin / John Tempesta)|
|11. We Wish You A Merry Xmas (Mark Slaughter / Doug Aldrich / Chris Wyse / Ray Luzier)|
2008 holiday release. Deck the halls with long haired rockers, decorate the tree with Flying Vs! Yes, it's time to pump your fists and bang your heads to the crunching sounds of a Metal Christmas with many of your fave Hard Rockers ringing in the holiday season in style. 11 tracks that feature collaborations from artists like Lemmy, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Billy Sheehan, Tim Ripper Owens, Joe Lynn Turner, Tommy Shaw, Ronnie James Dio and many others.
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First off, however, I would like to point out that the track listing supply by Amazon's description was not accurate as the following is the track list for the copy they sent me:
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 Claus 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
Dug 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 Ran Over By A reindeer
Stephen Pearcy / Tracii Guns / Bob Kulick / Billy Sheehan / GregBissonette
11. Rockin' 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
We Wish You a Merry Xmas - The guitars are awesome. Great solos. And the Drums are very prominent, giving the song a heavy feel.
Run Rudolph Run - Billy Gibbons tears up the guitars on this song and Limmy puts his Motorhead stamp on it his raw gravely vocals.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - The song starts out with a creepy S-A-N-T-A C-L-A-W-S chant by Alice Cooper and then rocks it's way in the traditional lyrics with a sound only Alice Cooper could give it.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - to me, this song stands out slightly over the rest of the album. Dio's vocals are in top form and the guitars are extremely heavy on this version. It sounds like it belongs on a Black Sabbath record.
Silver Bells - Although the guitars on this song are over the top, the vocals feel a little out of place on this one. Geoff Tate has the vocals to fill a stadium, but I'm not sure I like him singing a jingle like this.
Little Drummer Boy - Starts with a heavy drum beat and then Dug Pinnick adds his voice perfectly for this song. This is by far my favorite version of this song ever. George Lynch adds some great guitar licks to the song and you can hear Billy Sheehan laying down a nice rhythm on bass.
Santa Claus is Back in Town - Tim Owens sings like he normally does and it works well on this song. But the best part of the song is the guitars by Steve Morse.
Silent Night - This is the only song on the CD that I do not like. It's not because of the guitars because they are great. It's because of the vocals. I HATE the growling vocal trend that so many Death Metal bands use today. That is how the vocals are done on this song and it makes me feel as though he is straining on the toilet throughout the entire song. That's just my taste, I am sure some will like it. I will have to say that there is one of the best guitar solos on the record in the middle of this song.
Deck the Halls - Solid vocals round out a song full of (one again) great guitar work.
Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer - I thought that there was no way this song could be made into a true rocker. I was wrong. The main guitar riff on this song is awesome.
Rockin' Around the Xmas Tree - Yet again, the guitars on this song kick you in the face. This song has a real blues feel .
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - This is the only truly slow song on the CD. Tommy Shaw does a great job on vocals and ends the CD with a calm tune that brings you down slowly from the rush of the pure adrenaline of the previous 11 songs.
Anyone that says this CD is stupid has clearly not listened to it. It may not be for you if you don't celebrate Christmas, but don't skip out on this simply because you think it's not a Hard Rock record. I was very impressed. I also bought "We Wish You A Hairy Christmas" and although it has its moments, it does not even compare to this one. If you celebrate Christmas and like Hard Rock, you will LOVE this CD.
Alice Cooper lends his particular brand of funhouse creepiness to Santa Claws (sic) is Coming to Town, and although I've always thought that "demon growling," popular in certain sub-genres of metal, is laughably ridiculous virtually every time I've heard it, Testament's Chuck Billy growls a special poignancy to Silent Night. The team of Dio and Iommi transform an otherwise pleasantly pompous ditty into something majestic, brooding and dark with their rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. And of course, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer is always a lot of fun, regardless of who does it, but the "metal" treatment here makes it even more of a toe-tapper.
Arguably, there are only two truly "heavy metal" tracks on this album: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Silent Night. The rest might be better classified "hard rock," a few even "pop rock." However, there ARE a lot of excellent guitar jams throughout, and though the songs are readily recognizable when the vocals start, the musical interpretations of many selections make this a refreshing alternative to the same old inescapable pap-crap that permeates the airwaves, malls and other public places the first four weeks of December.
Instead there are growls, shrieks, creepy crooning, sonic chords, screaming guitars and emphatic pa-rum-pum-pum-pahs. Jingle a bell and you've got We Wish You a Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year.
In a metal Christmas world, Alice Cooper's ghoulish "Santa Claws is Coming to Town" makes you want to hide under the bed. When Santa visits Alice, he breaks the toys and burns down the toyland town.
"Silent Night" becomes downright unholy when growled menacingly by Testament's Chuck Billy. Vocal giant Ronnie James Dio imbues "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with a dark power that's magnified by the melancholy chords of longtime collaborator and guitarist Tommy Iommi.
While most songs fare well with metal's drama and drive, it can't save "Little Drummer Boy" from tedium (perhaps nothing can) although dUg Pinnick of King's X attempts to infuse the monotonous lyrics with emotion. But, face it, pa-rum-pah-pah-pum simply isn't metal. Perhaps if growled ...
Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister shouts with enthusiasm on "Run, Rudolph, Run," but his distinctive gravelly voice somehow comes off gargly. Tim "Ripper' Owens yowls a rousing version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" while Styx's Tommy Shaw wails John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" with more grit and funk than the original.
Also getting a metal makeover are "Silver Bells," "Deck the Halls," "Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer," and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."
This album is fun for diehard metal fans, but it's not something you want to play every day through the holidays.