A boatload of hard rock and heavy metal titans got together to cover twelve Christmas classics in December 2008. Therefore, each track on "We Wish You A Metal Xmas, And A Headbanging New Year" puts together a unique supergroup of sorts -- an idea that looks genius on paper, but in the end, yields disappointingly mixed and surprisingly bland results. There is no doubt about it: The vast majority of these songs are fairly unremarkable and utterly forgettable. Some of them sound so unoriginal that they actually come across sounding like b-sides of the singer's main band. (For example, see the Lemmy Kilmeister-led "Run Rudolph Run," which could be a Motorhead outtake.) And some tracks, such as "Santa Claws Is Coming To Town," look promising enough, but ultimately fall flat, thus rendering the amazing guitar talents of John 5 (and the drumming of ex-Dio skinsman Vinny Appice) as unused and forgettable. "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" encounters a similar problem in that its vocals sound less like Judas Priest singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, and more like just some faceless dude picked up off the street. Yes, a good and very ripping guitar solo is included, here, but it does not elevate the song above the mediocre norm. Elsewhere, cuts like the lead-off title track are too-closely covered to the original version of the song, making them a just plain boring listen. And weaker still, despite featuring Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, and Kiss guitarists Bruce and Bob Kulick, "Rockin' Around The Xmas Tree" does not live-up to its title, failing to rock hard enough to be noteworthy or leave a lasting impression. The only one that I really enjoyed enough to call it "a standout" was the hilariously over-the-top and brutal rendition of "Silent Night," which features members of Testament, Anthrax, Exodus, Rob Zombie, The Cult, and Shadows Fall. It has blistering, blown-out thrash licks, deathly vocals, and even a very decent, careening guitar solo. Too bad the rest of the album couldn't match up to this one really great and memorable song. In short: Download "Silent Night," but skip purchasing the whole album, and hold-out hope that there will be more Metal Xmas albums released in the future (that this is only the beginning of a long line of them), and that they will all be better than this one.