We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year | Album Review

We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year | Album Review

16th December 2023 0 By Quinccy

Christmas is one of them times of year where you either feel it or you don’t. For me I can take it or leave it but with that being said – I do like a good bit of a Christmas song boogie. There are so many good Christmas rock covers out there but I’d like to bring to highlight this absolute BANGER of a Christmas album – “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year”. 

Played by an all-star line-up of artists from the metal / rock scene it’s one that’s worth slapping on during this festive period. Artist featured are; Lemmy, Dave Grohl, Chris Wyse, Ronnie James Dio, Joe Lynn Turner, Alice Cooper, Simon Phillips, Doro Pesch and lots more. The album was released on October 14, 2008 and has been holding strong each Christmas since. W’e Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year’ was released by Armoury (label) and was produced by Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen.

The track list for this album is as follows:

  1. “We Wish You A Merry Xmas” (Jeff Scott Soto / Bruce Kulick / Bob Kulick / Chris Wyse / Ray Luzier)
  2. “Run Rudolph Run” (Lemmy / Billy F. Gibbons / Dave Grohl)
  3. “Santa Claws is Coming to Town” (Alice Cooper / John 5 / Billy Sheehan / Vinny Appice)
  4. “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” (Ronnie James Dio / Tony Iommi / Rudy Sarzo / Simon Wright)
  5. “Silver Bells” (Geoff Tate / Carlos Cavazo / James Lomenzo / Ray Luzier)
  6. “Little Drummer Boy” (Doug Pinnick / George Lynch / Billy Sheehan / Simon Phillips)
  7. “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” (Tim “Ripper” Owens / Steve Morse / Juan Garcia / Marco Mendoza / Vinny Appice)
  8. “Silent Night” (Chuck Billy / Scott Ian / Jon Donais / Chris Wyse / John Tempesta)
  9. “Deck the Halls” (Oni Logan / Craig Goldy / Tony Franklin / John Tempesta)
  10. “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” (Stephen Pearcy / Tracii Guns / Bob Kulick / Billy Sheehan / Greg Bissonette)
  11. “Rockin’ Around the Xmas Tree” (Joe Lynn Turner / Bruce Kulick / Bob Kulick / Rudy Sarzo / Simon Wright)
  12. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (Tommy Shaw / Steve Lukather / Marco Mendoza / Kenny Aronoff)

Bonus tracks:

  1. “O Christmas Tree” (Doro Pesch / Frankie Banali/ Michael Schenker / Tony Franklin)
  2. “Auld Lang Syne” (Girlschool)
  3. “Frosty the Snowman” (Bumblefoot / Chris Chaney/ Kenny Aronoff / Steve “Lips” Kudlow)
  4. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (Dez Fafara / Blasko / Doug Aldrich / John Tempesta)


If you’re looking to put a bit of ROCK FESTIVITY to your play lists this Christmas this is available on Spotify >> HERE << 


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