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Various Artists: "We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year"


Maybe you like metal music and hate holiday heralds. Maybe you can't wait to hear Mariah Carey sing "O, Holy Night" but have never heard the "Ace of Spades." But maybe you love Xmas and metal equally. If so, this CD is out just in time for the holidays (even though it actually came out in 2008).

Although metal should not be used to describe some contributors--Stephen Pearcy of Ratt? Tommy Shaw of Styx?--you can tap your motorcycle boots as you stretch your bare, skull-tattoo-covered arms to put the Harley Davidson miniature on the topmost branch of your tree. Let the growling of Lemmy Kilmister ("Run, Rudolph, Run"), Alice Cooper ("Santa Claws Is Coming to Town" ha ha), Ronnie James Dio (chewing up every syllable of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"), Mark Slaughter ("We Wish You A Merry Xmas), Doug Pinnick ("Little Drummer Boy") and more put you in a heavy-metal holiday spirit. And Tony Iommi, Scott Ian, Dave Grohl, John 5 and Bob Kulick are but a few of the rock guitar gods who help turn this yuletide mother out.

Depending on how you look at it, it's both naughty and nice ... kinda like you, right?