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We Wish You a Metal Xmas & A Headbanging New

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • ASIN: B001DZN5XA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Ken Morman on November 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have purchased quite a few Rock Christmas compilations, but none have been as well arranged, produced and recorded as this one. Those that say this is stupid must be turned off by the "Christ" part of the equation on this CD because it is stock full of great Hard Rock guitar solos and searing vocals. NOTHING on this CD is stupid musically. As a matter of fact, I don't know of any other compilation that I have heard that contains as much talent as this CD does (and it shows).

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

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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.Read more ›
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I like this cd.The songs actually rock and the people on this cd are all great at what they do.I have been a metal fan forever and I can see where this not for everyone but the songs are well done.You get Christmas songs cranked up and metallized.I do not know what else you would expect out of this cd.I really enjoy this disc and with an open mind you probably will too.
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Yep, had the big hair and everything! I love traditional Christmas songs, but I also love when things get mixed up a bit. Now, Lemmy is not normally my favorite Heavy Metal guy, but his rendition of "Run Rudolph Run" is my personal fave from this album. It totally ROCKS! I really like Alice Cooper's "Santa Claws is Coming to Town", too!
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Of course it's silly. And hilarious and creepy. And worth the download price. I do think there is a bit of milquetoast to slog through, and perhaps a couple selections and/or singers would've been better off substituted for others. (I won't give specifics -- one person's "milquetoast" might be another's "Holy-Wow!", etc., though I will say I think it would've been cool to hear Rob Halford or Peter Steele belt out an utterly blasphemous version of White Christmas or other revered musical icon of this ridiculous holiday.)

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.
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