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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





Video of the Week- Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Who says metal heads can be full of Christmas spirit!!!!  Here’s Twisted Sister performing the classic Christmas carol “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”.  Enjoy caroling and a wassailing!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!


Bonus Carol

Here’s Mike Patton singing an ultra-sexy version of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”.  Enjoy!!

Download Festival Update – 23 Feb 11

Well a lot has happened since my last Download Festival update.  I should do this more often so I won’t have to list so many bands, but the promoters have been hard at work loading up the stages.  It’s still too early to tell which day and stage all associated bands will be playing, but just knowing who will be there is half the battle.

A few days ago, the big announcement was that four huge bands were added to the list.  So I eagerly read the article in anticipation for the big news.  By the time I got to the end, I thought that the bands might have been left out of the article by accident.  Then I realized, that was not the case.  The four HUGE bands are:

Twisted Sister – cool, but they WERE huge (would like to see them, but not enough of a draw to get me up there)

Down – Decent, but haven’t listened to them that much

Trash Talk – Who?

Duff McKagan’s Loaded – Never heard of them, but I am aware of who DM is?

I understand there is a promotion going on, but when you say HUGE, I am thinking Big Four, AC/DC, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Today there were 17 more bands added to the list.  And the winners are:

Def Leppard


All That Remains

Sacred Mother Tongue

Bowling For Soup

Devil Wears Prada

Bring Me The Horizon

Frank Turner

Cheap Trick

Asking Alexandria

Straight Line Stitch


Black Stone Cherry

The King Blues

Madina Lake

Jameson Raid


I think I am going to have to write a blog about the first rule in metal…not to give your band a stupid name.  There are a few up there, I don’t think I have to elaborate.  So here is my question to you.  Right here, right now which day would you choose based on the following confirmed date and band lineup?

Friday is headliner Def Leppard with Pendulum, Korn, Alter Bridge, Danzig

Saturday is headliner System of a Down with Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, The Cult, Twisted Sister

Sunday is headliner Linkin Park with Bullet for my Valentine, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Frank Turner

If it were me I think the Def Leppard day would be cool also to see Danzig, but I caught Def Leppard at Download in 2009.  So this year I would pick Sunday for BFMV and Rob Zombie.  But, I am still not going…not enough bands I like on any one given day.