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Seasonal Diversion: The Who – Christmas


It’s still the weekend in some places. I’m still where I was yesterday, in the Metal State vaults where we store ancient vinyl albums. Yesterday I went back to 1970. Today I’ve travelled even farther back, to my #1 album of 1969.

When most people ponder on who their favourite vocalists might be, they don’t usually consider Roger Daltrey of The Who because they hadn’t been born yet when “Pinball Wizard” was released. To us wizened and wise ones, Daltrey was one of the best. The Who was one of the best bands. Mind you, back then there were only about a dozen really superb bands.

The song is about the deaf, dumb and blind kid who somehow became a pinball wizard, and that was without any help from Hogwarts.

 

 

Song(s) of the Week: Metallica in Lights


Whatever your faith and however deep it may be, we hope all of you have a wonderful, peaceful day full of love and cool music. For Christmas we have a medley of songs set to a video by Slayerbob, an American sound and lighting engineer who sets up displays like this all over the place. That must be a fun job!

This is music with a video but it couldn’t be Video of the Week on Friday because Friday won’t be Christmas Day and our videos usually feature the bands themselves in person, not just the electricity. So, enjoy the light show set to some classic Metallica. We suspect most of you will be listening to music something like this today while other people are singing “Deck The Halls,” etc.

The 12 Days of Metalmas: Day 7: Seven Glam Bands A-Laying


fd8b0f77d767f1f6640afba6916ff67c_LOn the 7th day of Metalmas my true love gave to me
Seven Glam Bands a- Laying
Six Slayers Slaying
Fiiiiivveee Gooolllldd Riiinnnggsss
Four Crying Birds
Three French Bands
Two Headless Doves
And an Opeth in a pear tree

Besides starting a massive wave of uber-cheesy bad boy love ballads and countless songs about ‘having a good time’, the glam metal bands of the 80’s got laid, a lot, a real lot. Even though they were covered in lipstick, hairspray, and were more sparkly than a modern-day excuse for a vampire, they were swimming in a deluge of vagina.

More glam after the jump:

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The 12 Days of Metalmas: Day 6: Six Slayers Slaying


sleigherOn the 6th day of Metalmas my true love gave to me
Six Slayers Slaying
Fiiiiivveee Gooolllldd Riiinnnggsss
Four crying birds
Three French bands
Two headless doves
And an Opeth in a pear tree

SSSSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do I really need to say more?  Enjoy a bunch of random Slayer videos (the last one is by far my favorite Slayer video ever).

More Slayer videos after the jump:

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The 12 Days of Metalmas: Day 5: Five Gold Rings (To Rule Them All)


The-One-Ring-lord-of-the-rings-2908298-1024-768On the 5th day of Metalmas my true love gave to me
Fiiiiivveee Gooolllldd Riiinnnggsss
Four crying birds
Three French bands
Two headless doves
And an Opeth in a pear tree

One source of inspiration that makes many reprisals in metal is J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic high fantasy tale, Lord of the Rings. Really, it fit’s the genre perfectly with subject matter ranging from acts of heroism and epic battles to loss and pure evil. Here’s 5 songs based off the LOTR world.

The 12 Days of Metalmas: Day 4: Four Crying Birds


tumblr_m8oqs8cLUr1rc0bobo1_500On the 4th day of Metalmas my true love gave to me
Four crying birds
Three French bands
Two headless doves
And an Opeth in a pear tree

The original lyrics to the song sing ‘four collie birds’ for this part of the song. If you’ve ever wondered what the hell a collie bird is, it’s simply a common blackbird. When we put a space in ‘blackbird’ it becomes black bird and one of the most famous birds of the black color is the raven. In Norse mythology Odin had a pair of ravens named Hugin and Munin who would travel to the human world and report its daily happenings to Odin. Amon Amarth’s song “Cry of the Black Birds” tells of a battle where a general tells his men to let Odin’s ravens tell of the battle they are about to fight they fought valiantly and bravely.

The 12 Days of Metalmas: Day 2: Two Headless Doves


Picture 011On the second day of Metalmas my true love gave to me
2 headless doves
and an Opeth in a pear tree.

Besides being one of the most revered heavy metal musicians, Ozzy Osbourne is also quite famous for the time he bit the head off a dove. “After signing his first solo career record deal he came in to meet some of the people who worked there. His plan was to release the doves into the air to get people to notice him, but when no one noticed, he changed his plans. He grabbed one dove, bit its head off, then spit the head out. Then with blood still dripping from his lips a security guard came to remove him and on the way out he bit the head off of another dove.”

Video of the Week- Oh Come All Ye Faithful


Who says metal heads can be full of Christmas spirit!!!!  Here’s Twisted Sister performing the classic Christmas carol “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”.  Enjoy caroling and a wassailing!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

 

Bonus Carol

Here’s Mike Patton singing an ultra-sexy version of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”.  Enjoy!!

Song of the Day- Jingle Bells


Christmas season is here and what a better way to get into the spirit than with some Christmas carols.  Sing-a-long to everybody’s favorite Christmas song “Jingle Bells”, made even better with some thrash metal and Ahhh-nold Schwarzenegger on vocals.  After hearing this you will be happily dashing through the snow snapping vertebrae.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!