Metal Monday: Merry Christmas from The Darkness

Okay, this isn’t a new song, but it is Christmas, and it’s miles better than just about everything on the last heavy metal Christmas CD I listened to. I present The Darkness with “Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End).”

If you’re not a fan of The Darkness (recently reunited with a new album out… which is on my Christmas list), then please, click on, click away, hit your back button, or read what I’ve been saying about hobbits.

But, if you’re tired of sappy-sweet Christmas tunes (and as much as I love some of them, you do reach the point of total saturation), here’s something nonsensical, melancholy, loud, and more than a bit goofy.

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Metal Monday: Def Leppard’s Hysteria

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With an album as popular as Def Leppard’s Hysteria, the memory of when you first heard it may be overshadowed by the point at which you became sick of it.

As with Def Leppard, so went the fates of pop metal — they reached their height of fame with Hysteria, released in 1987, and it’s arguably one of the last great albums in the genre. The numerous singles released from it kept it on the airwaves for years, and that was part of the problem.
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Metal Monday: AC/DC’s Who Made Who

Cover of "Who Made Who"

A compilation album may not often make it onto a “best of” list, but I’ll always be  biased when it comes to AC/DC’s Who Made Who. It was a Christmas present in 1986 and my gateway album into the world of heavy metal. Once I’d heard it, I never looked back.
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Metal Monday: We Wish You a Metal Christmas

Does the world need a hair-metal holiday album? Yes. More to the point, does it need a good one? Even more YES. Because the motley collection We Wish You A Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year isn’t it.

Which is a shame because there’s some heavy-metal star power on display here, including Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), Alice Cooper, George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche) to name a few. Sadly, their varied efforts at Christmas classics misfire as often as not.
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Metal Monday: Aerosmith’s Music From Another Dimension!

The good news is, Aerosmith’s new album shrugs off decades’ worth of forgettable über-ballads and rediscovers its heavy-blues groove. The bad news is, it’s buried under forgettable über-ballads.
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As You Were makes Alltop’s list for ‘heavy metal’

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Regular visitors to As You Were may have noticed a new badge or two on the site — the ones from  I’m happy to say after seeing Alltop recommended as an aggregator of web content, I submitted As You Were to Alltop’s discerning editors in the categories of “heavy metal” and “werewolves.”  They got back to me a number of weeks ago to tell me As You Were had been approved in the “heavy metal” category, and it’s now listed under that topic on their site.
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