Unsilent & Unholy Nights? Everyone’s a kid at Christmas, and metal-heads are no exception. Over the years, metal bands have cut some of the heaviest, loudest, most rip-roaring odes to the holiday season.
Here are a few of most fist-pounding, throat-shredding, head-banging, heavy metal Christmas tunes ever recorded.
Dio with Tony Iommi – ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’
It’s a testament to the power of the Sabbath that even the centuries-old “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is turned from an amicable carol to a crushing tune with the slightest rearrangement. Iommi turns in riffs heavy enough for Vol. 4, while Dio delivers a performance nothing less than operatic.
Halford – ‘We Three Kings’
Judas Priest’s Rob Halford loves Christmas so much that his third solo album, Halford 3: Winter Songs, is composed entirely of Christmas songs. On “We Three Kings,” the metal god calls out to the Judeo-Christian one as only a metal legend can.
AC/DC – ‘Mistress for Christmas’
While most people spend Christmas wishing for goodwill on Earth, Brian Johnson of AC/DC just wants some secret nookie. On “Mistress for Christmas,” he asks Santa for a little side action, and from the fun that he sound likes he’s having, he was definitely on the “naughty” list that year.
Twisted Sister – ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’
Who would have guessed that Twisted Sister, the band that shocked households in the Eighties and went toe-to-toe against the Parents Music Resource Center, would release something as wholesome as a Christmas album? Surprisingly, the band played it relatively straight on “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”
~ Happiest of Holidays to ALL ~