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Monday Metal Madness – Christmas Metal

It’s been a while since we did a poll and I thought it would be the perfect time to sample and vote on some Christmas metal.  First of all, thank you for voting in the last poll which was an opinion poll.  You loyal readers voted England as the best metal producing country with Sweden at #2.  Though, I think most people voted due to the historic nature of metal England has produced, not necessarily for what England is producing today.

The other day at work one of the country music listeners asked me if there was any Christmas metal.  I really didn’t know until I started searching for it.  I was surprised to find a few things so I thought I would put it to poll and see what you think.  I did not use Trans Siberian Orchestra though, I thought that would be an unfair advantage.  Here goes, and have a happy holiday season.

First up is Twisted Sister with Heavy Metal Christmas.

This is 331Erock, our favorite guitar virtuoso, with a Christmas medley.

Third up is a collaboration effort with the following artists:

Jeff Scott Soto (Vocals; Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman)
Bruce Kulick (Lead Guitar; Grand Funk Railroad, Kiss)
Bob Kulick (Rhythm Guitars; Kiss, W.A.S.P)
Chris Wyse (Bass; The Cult, Owl),
Ray Luzier (Drums; Army of Anyone, Korn)

Next is Joe Satriani with Silent Night.

Alice Cooper presenting us Santa Claws is Coming to Town.

This is another collaboration effort with the following artists:

Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
Chris Wyse (THE CULT)
John Tempesta (ROB ZOMBIE, THE CULT)

The last one is how the Grinch Kicked Metal Ass by August Burns Red




Album Review: Testament – Dark Roots of Earth

Testament’s 10th studio album, Dark Roots of Earth, shows a return to the late 80’s early 90’s era Testament.  Chuck Billy’s deep growls have subsided for the more melodic singing we were once accustomed to on Practice What You Preach and The Ritual era albums.  Dark Roots of Earth, however, is not a complete return to that particular style.  There is definitely a balanced approach to the vocals on this album which boasts the best of both Billy’s growling and signing.  After four years between studio albums, Testament has released probably the most well-balanced and meticulous album of their career.

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Themed Thursday – The Ties That Bind

This week, I am going to explore relationships within heavy metal.  This is about how metal bands are basically tied together like a long list of cousins; some you know and some you don’t.  Each metal band, in its own right, is not very far removed the metal band down the street.  Starting with one of my Top-10 favorite bands, Machine Head, we’ll see how interconnected the metal world is.  Ever heard of 6-degrees to Kevin Bacon?  This is where this Themed Thursday is going.

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The New Testament

This really has nothing to do with religion (so to speak).

Bay Area thrashers Testament are back in the studio putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming album The Dark Roots of Earth which is slated for an October 2011 release.  This might be too soon after the September slaughter of metal releases, but I’m gamed!

According to an interview with vocalist Chuck Billy, this is the first album with Alex Skolnick as part of the creative process.  Skolnick did some recording and solos on Formation of Damnation, but was not present from inception to production.

Our fellow Americans will be able to catch what some would consider the next Big Four tour.  Later this year Testament will be hitting the road with none other than fellow Bay Area thrashers Death Angel and also teaming up with East Coast bashers Anthrax and Overkill.   That is a four-band bill you don’t want to miss if you live on American soil!

Here is the interview with Chuck Billy about the new album.

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