Saturday, December 25, 2010
When I was a child, Christmas was my favorite holiday. The myth, the magic, the family (the presents!), it was just such a wonderful time of year. As an adult, I see that the myth was a lie, the magic is gone, and, unfortunately, the family is non-existent. In its place is a grossly commercial, crass spectacle where the emphasis is on spending money, which leads to a wildly diverse mix of disappointment, violence, debt and greed. Oh, and the "reason" for the season, baby Jesus? At best, an afterthought. At worst, an excuse to be miserable towards each other. I think Tankard says it best, "Fuck Christmas."
Friday, December 24, 2010
There are two Christmas songs that always have amazing and touching vocal performances, "Silent Night" and "Emmanuel." Rob Halford of Judas Priest has one of the best voices in music. So, combine Rob with "Emmanuel" and you get this. I may have slowed it down a bit to allow his vocals a better opportunity to shine, but overall, it's good.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I've spoken at length about how I thought the combination of Dio and Iommi created one of my favorite sounds (i.e. Black Sabbath mark II and Heaven & Hell). So when those two teamed up to release "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman," it sounded just like an original Sabbath composition, with an incredible riff and chilling vocals. They took a hokey song and made it sound absolutely amazing.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
220 Volt is a Swedish heavy metal band that primarily operated in the 80s, although the group is still active today. The group released one of the earliest metal Christmas songs unique in lyrical content, "Heavy Christmas." I don't know why the Swedes get so into the holiday. Maybe their better health care, vacation time, education system, jobs and crime rates make them happier. Who knows, really?