Christmas is never the first thing you think about when you think of bands like Motörhead or Slipknot. In fact, most people would probably associate Krampus, the Yuletide demon-beast of German folklore, with a lot of metal bands before they even got around to Santa Claus. However, every now and then the metal world surprises us with one or two Christmas songs (or even the occasional album); and it’s an awesome bundle of guitar riffs, drum licks, and bass “dirnts” all wrapped up in a nice green and red bow. So here are my top ten metal songs to listen to this Christmas.
10. “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” by Twisted Sister–Twisted Sister actually released an entire Christmas album aptly titled A Twisted Christmas and this song happens to be my favorite simply because of how well Dee Snider’s vocals go with the traditional choir sound of this song.
9. “Things That I Want” by Tenacious D and Sum 41–It doesn’t get weirder than Jack Black singing Christmas songs with Canadian punk rockers, but that’s what it is, and Mr. Black can really hit all of those high notes. Oh, and there are power chords.
8. “Making Christmas” by Rise Against–This is the cover song that actually got me into Rise Against because it works so well in its solute to the original Danny Elfman song without completely altering it or copying it.
7. “Christmas with the Devil” by Spinal Tap–Spinal Tap wrote a Christmas song. They are probably the greatest fictional band of all time, so you all know you want to listen to this song.
6. “Santa Claws is Coming to Town” by Alice Cooper, John 5, Billy Sheehan and Vinny Appice–What makes this collaboration so great is that you forget that it’s a Christmas song. It’s a great metal song on its own and carries that great Alice feel.
5.” X-M@$” by Corey Taylor–There is something somewhat odd to me about separating Corey Taylor from Slipknot, that or I’ve just listened to this song way too often during the holidays, but it makes me laugh every time I hear it.
4. “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra-The first word that comes to mind is “epic,” which sounds cliché, but they really outdid themselves.
3. “Kidnap the Sandy Claws” by Korn–On this cover song, Korn does a really interesting job of reworking the playful trick-or-treaters who capture Santa from The Nightmare Before Christmas into their own personas. Definitely one of the most underrated Christmas songs out there.
2. “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer” By August Burns Red–Everyone always praises their cover of “Carol of the Bells,” but I think ABR’s take on “Rudolph” is just as good and deserves a shout out. Also, the drums are insane on this track.
1. “Run Rudolph Run” by Lemmy Kilmister, Billy F. Gibbons, Dave Grohl–Hands down this track wins it all. Lemmy’s voice is tactfully abrasive (as always) and makes me want to go drive down a highway and buy him that guitar on his Christmas list. Also Dave Grohl’s presence on any song makes me happy.