12.12.16

Ultimate List of Metal Christmas Albums

Yes, they are huge list of heavy metal, hard rock, shredding guitars that jamming on the Christmas tunes! This is the (kind of) ultimate list of never-ending christmas / holiday song packed in these albums.


- Merry Axemas - A Guitar Christmas (2005) and More Guitar Christmas 
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A christmas guitar instrumental songs done by the guitar heroes of our time. Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Jeff Beck, Neal Schon, Steve Lukather, Zakk Wylde etc. This is a must have album for guitar maniac.


- Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Trilogy (1996-2004)
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is legend-wait-for-it-ary project that really put christmas tunes into super awesome form. TSO arranged at least three full christmas / holiday albums with guitar solos and symphonic as their forefront compositions. The albums contained their first release : Christmas Eve and Other Stories (1996), The Christmas Attic (1998), Beethoven's Last Night (2000), The Lost Christmas Eve (2004) and newer albums.



- Steve Lukather - Santa-Mental (2003)
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Steve Lukather and friends doing christmas album. The "friends" are : Jeff Babko, John Piere, Gregg Bissonette, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Edgar Winter, Trevor Lukather, Simon Philips, Mike Landau etc. All packed in this creepy cover looking holiday album.



- A Proggy Christmas by the Prog World Orchestra (2012)
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This is a Christmas project featuring Neal Morse , Mike Portnoy, Steve Morse, Randy George etc. This is the most proggy christmas album circulating around the world. Prepare to be blown away...


- Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2009)
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Ian Anderson, well, Jethro Tull doing christmas concert. These arrangement heavily involved Ian legendary flute playing. They are folk-prog-hard-rock in it!



- Halford III - Winter Songs (2009)
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Rob Halford of Judas Priest fame is also into Christmas. Check his Judasian voice singing We Three Kings and O Holy Night!


- We Wish You A Metal Xmas (2010)
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There should be a metal Various Artist doing Christmas album and this is it!  Dave Grohl (Them Crooked Vultures), Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy, Alice Cooper, Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top), George Lynch (Dokken) and more!


- We Wish You A Hairy Christmas (2007)
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A very interesting christmas album featuring most of hair(y) metal bands of the '90s. For the first time, Warrant, Danger Danger, Enuff Z'Nuff, L.A. Guns, Bullet Boys, Gilby Clarke and many other hairy bands gathered together in peaceful manner with spaghetti incidents.


- Neil Zaza - One Silent Night I and II (2007)
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Another known melodic guitar shred album for Christmas is Neil Zaza's two volumes of One Silent Night. All guitar instrumental songs.


- Michael Angelo Batio - Holiday Strings (2005)
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World super fast shred guitarist, Michael Angelo Batio very own holiday album. His ultra fast guitar playing is required to nailed the challenge of transforming christmas tunes into brain blowing guitar licks.


- Twisted Sisters - A Twisted Christmas (2010)
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Yeah, it's Dee Snider and friends twisting White Christmas, Silver Bells, Deck the Hall in, say, very twisted composition.


-  Black Label Society, Glorious Christmas Songs That Will Make Your Black Label Heart Feel Good (2011)
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This is Santa Zakk Wylde playing only three christmas songs in this EP: I'll Be Home for Christmas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and Wonderful World.


- Gary Hoey - Ho! Ho! Hoey (2003)
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Guitarist Gay Hoey recorded 37 christmas songs in his Ho! Ho! Hoey album. The songs had been circulating in radio ever since. Check the hard rock and blues guitar jam for Jingle Bells, Feliz Navidad, and Little Drummer Boy.


 - Intuition - A Season to Rock (2012)
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A bit off the radar is a project called Intuition, A Season to Rock (2012). This project line up is Gaetano Nicolosi (drums and percussion), Dino Fiorenza (bass), Mike Bidwell (lead and rhythm guitar), Chris Bickley (lead guitar), Luccio Nicolosi (keyboards). The styles are prog guitar and fusion.



- Raskasta Joulua - Ragnarok Juletide (2014)
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Raskasta Joulua is annual musical project held by member of Nightwish and Sonata Arctica. They are the Finland version of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, in which doing Christmas theme songs in it most metal possible. Hence, Raskasta Joulua mean "Heavy Christmas" in Finnish. The project has been held every year, and this is actually their 10th anniversary.



PelleK - Christmas With PelleK (2013)
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This is a Christmas tribute album for 2013, by vocalist Pellek. Per Fredrik Pellek Asly is unique singer. He sings in Damnation Angels, power metal band from UK. The main style is heavy metal but it's also comes with large portion of interesting popular style with orchestration and jazzy arrangement. In all songs Pellek's humorous vocal keep the album in easy-listening mood.



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