Alright, The Asian Invasion here with a new album review and this time it's something that caught me off guard.
It's a Christmas album. It's death metal. I thought the two never shall meet but when I realized it's done by JJ Hrubovcak, the current bassist for Hate Eternal, I thought it needs to be good. That's exactly what JJ has done here.
The Hate Eternal treatment does good for these Christmas songs. I swear, you won't head bang harder after you hear the rendition of Nutcracker: Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy. Guitar virtuosity and blast beats make it the best present to stick under the tree for any metal head.
Unrest For Melancholy Men never sounded better being screamed. This is the quintessential album if you want to introduce snowy white Xmas songs to fans of death metal. This isn't for the weak of heart and this isn't your mommy's Anne Murray Season's Greetings record. This is for people who love metal and need their fix of O Come, O Come, Azrael.
It's only five songs deep and that's the only issue I have with it! I could go for another four or five songs. I'm looking forward to a possible part 2: The Decapitation of Santa Clause!
In all seriousness, Death Metal Christmas - Hellish Renditions of Christmas Classics will definitely get you into the seasonal mood. I've always focused too much on the Christmas part of the music and never the actual music itself. With the metal stamped all over this release, it'll be kicking ass and taking names until Xmas 2015!
It releases on November 29. It'll make a great stocking stuffer and you can ring in the season with a snarl.
Congratulations JJ Hrubovcak. You've done what no one has done prior. Make Christmas music cool. I commend you!
Stay (Christmas) Metal!