Reviewed! Various Artists - "We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Head Banging New Year"

Various Artists

We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Head Banging New Year
Armoury Records

We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Head Banging New Year shouldn’t need much more selling than the classic holiday favorite ‘Run Rudolph Run’ performed by the trio of Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. And such is the core formula of We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Head Banging New Year, a star-studded Christmas CD that sees heavy music’s superstars of today and yesteryear performing holiday classics as you’ve never heard them performed before.

We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Head Banging New Year features all sorts of all-star pairings, such as Alice Cooper, John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Talas) and Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath) tackling the likes of the aptly titled ‘Santa Claws Is Coming to Town’ or Ronnie James Dio himself teaming with the likes of Toni Iommi (Black Sabbath), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot) and Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) lending their respective talents to ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,’ an interpretation of the timeless track you’ll sure never hear anywhere else. And speaking of off-kilter interpretations of songs you may hold near and dear to your heart, take a listen to ‘Silent Night’ as performed by Chuck Billy (Testament), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Jon Donais (Shadows Fall), Chris Wyse (the Cult, Owl), and John Tempesta (Rob Zombie). If this track doesn’t go a long way in putting you into the holiday spirit, there is a chance that nothing will. And if you need some immediate musical help in order to find your holiday spirit, flip to ‘Santa Claus is Back in Town,’ a venerable classic reinterpreted by an elite cast of characters that features Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest), Steve Morse (Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy) and Appice.

And if you’re lucky enough to snag yourself the edition of We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Head Banging New Year with the bonus disc, do not, under any circumstances, miss ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,’ as performed by Dez Fafara (Coal Chamber, Devildriver), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Blasko (Rob Zombie, Ozzy) and Tempesta.

If you’ve been good this year, chances are Santa will be dropping down your chimney to leave you a copy of We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Head Banging New Year under the tree, and hell, even if you’ve been naughty, you can always bypass the fat man and go grab yourself a fresh and tasty copy today. It is definitely recommended that you do so soon.

Grade: B
Go Download: ‘Run Rudolph Run’

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