The holiday season is here and it’s Christmas Eve which can only mean one thing. Listmania begins! This year we’ve got a wealth of Metal entertainment coming your way ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous in our Awards Season for 2020 although we’ve been forced to axe the “Top #5 live bands of 2020” category for obvious reasons. But don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of other things in store to make up for it. Like this little piggy, which went to market.
Back in 2011 Canadian’s Slaves on Dope did a rendition of “All I Want For Christmas (Is My Too Front Teeth)” complete with slightly creepy classic back and white music video, Christmas Tree, decorations, classic Santa hats and an acoustic guitar solo, who could ask for more?
The tale of the Krampus is one of a horned, anthropomorphic figure in Alpine folklore who during the Christmas season, scares children who have misbehaved, assisting to Saint Nicholas in creating his naughty list. Krankheit (disease) did their own take on the story in Dark Metal fashion in 2015 and it’s an absolute ripper!
Six years ago Orion’s Reign did an instrumental rendition of “Carol of the Bells” in Symphonic Metal grandeur as they explain “Originaly, the name of the song was “Shchedryk” (from Ukrainian: Щедрий вечiр, “Bountiful Evening”). “Shchedryk” was a Ukrainian New Year’s carol. It was arranged by composer Mykola Leontovych in 1904, and tells a story of a swallow flying into a household to sing of wealth that will come with the following spring. “Shchedryk” was later adapted as an English Christmas carol, “Carol of the Bells”, by Peter J. Wilhousky, who changed the lyrics ( (which were not based on the Ukrainian lyrics)“. It’s nothing short of fabulous.
In 2007 “Bring The Season” by I Declare War was the must have Christmas Present for all aspiring Metal Heads with the Deathcore collective putting a slamming spin kick on the time honoured classic “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” which shook the Pacific Northwest like an earthquake.
Which brings us to the Anti-Christmas anthem that is “Santa’s Pissed” by Motionless In White. It’s old school, pre-“Creatures” heavy and sees Chris Motionless deliver some of his finest screamed vocals but most important, it’s hilariously funny with the tongue in cheek lyrics that go down a treat.