AC/DC, Green Day, And Metallica Christmas Tunes Rock The Halls

It could've gone so, so wrongthe reimaginings of songs from rock's elite as ringing instrumental holiday chestnuts.

AC/DC, Green Day, And Metallica Christmas Tunes Rock The Halls
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It could've gone so, so wrongthe reimaginings of songs from rock's elite as ringing instrumental holiday chestnuts, writes Nicole Keiper of Gibson.com. There isn't much, really, in the dark grind of Metallica's For Whom the Bell Tolls that hints at the titular bell being the holiday kind. The odd thing about Christmas Rock Records' new Wreck the Halls series of holiday tributes, though, is that its orchestral renditions of hits from Metallica, AC/DC, and Green Day don't just manage to add a dash of holiday cheer to the bands' otherwise smashing rock songs. At their best turns, they put a red-and-green spotlight on the songcraft thatand this isn't the egg nog talkingactually elevates the melodic structures the original artists created. The approach is exactly what you'd expectAngus Young and James Hetfield's guitar slashes are transposed onto chiming electric piano, and Hetfield and AC/DC singer Brian Johnson's shredded-throat vocal melodies are delivered via bells, strings, or glockenspiel. But the group of players heredubbed Santa Claws and the Naughty But Nice Orchestrapull off some bizarrely spot-on arrangements, keeping the original songs' core fully apparent, but getting the tree-trimming mood through just as cleanly. Some songs work better than others. Metallica's dark and winding melodies are appallingly well threaded into the Christmas-music ouvre on And Christmas for All: The Holiday Tribute to Metallica. But maybe that shouldn't be that surprisingThe Nutcracker Suite, plenty dark and winding itself, offers some of Christmas music's most compelling sounds. On The Green Days of Christmas: The Holiday Tribute to Green Day, Green Day's Holiday, a riot of shuffles and string swells, almost sounds better this way, save the cornball synth horns. But to be fair, Claws and Co. have to stretch at points to pull AC/DC's taut rhythmic attack into snowy, soothing melodies. Still, even that stuff lands right some of the time; the Hell's Bells of Christmas: The Holiday Tribute to AC/DC version of Moneytalks sounds nicely suited for the mall PA system. It's not a new concept, exactlyTrans-Siberian Orchestra has been pooling holiday tidings and prog-metal tones into a tidy profit for some time now. But the difference here is that the Wreck the Halls folks haven't tried to approximate loud-rock tones in new holiday tunesthey've pulled long-absorbed metal and punk melodies wholly into the holiday-music sound, and against all logic, somehow made it far more fun than horrifying. You might not find yourself drawn to listen to the stuff in July, so much, but for folks weaned on those bands' original distorted-chord attacks, the Wreck the Halls discs make a less tedious soundtrack for present-wrapping, nog-imbibing, family freak-outs, and other holiday traditions. Credits for the info to Gibson.com.

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    Spay
    Some people have just to much time to do these things But, can't wait to see how they turned out. Jingle Hells Bells Cheers
    isaacjnowland
    i tell ya what would of been good on there = shadow of deth - megadeth, i can just imagine that song with jingle bells...lol wudnt sound too bad
    LikeLightToThe
    pyritmann wrote: haha wanna know what is soooo funny, how defensive people get when metallica gets dissed. oh man, and all of you people who get defensive with your precious metallica are the same people who will diss any kind of music that isn't metal. you just spit it all out. I'm not saying that metallica wasn't amazing cause they were, but seriously, they are dead, it's over with them. time to move on. or something. or at least dont diss other peoples music. cause we all know you can't handle it when someone disses yours
    I think you should atleast wait for there new album before you decide they're dead.
    Ali-b912
    zoastev wrote: lol the ablum is called "...And Christmas For All"
    +100 acdc and metallica yay! now i cna get rid of my sisters Hi5 Christmas cd
    Fireballz 1077
    would you guys quit arguing, the damn article isnt about how good of a song For Whom the Bell Tolls is. It's about the fact that orchestral covers have been of classic songs. QUIT ARGUING. What he said. shutup or go back to preschool. P.S.--MetallicA RULEZ!!!
    Fireballz 1077
    I can kind of see where pouyannassiri comes from, saying that it would be hard to take "for whom the bell tolls" and turn it into a christmas song, but when Metallica has been writing songs for over 20 years, they could be able to do it.
    Fireballz 1077
    Shredder Guitar has a point ya know. this is so freakin stupid AND pointless to be fighting over. Not everybody has to like the same type of music; so grow up or go back to preschool.
    Shredder Guitar
    would you guys quit arguing, the damn article isnt about how good of a song For Whom the Bell Tolls is. It's about the fact that orchestral covers have been of classic songs. QUIT ARGUING.
    riteso
    South-of-Heaven : "For Whom The Bell Tolls" is in no way dark or grinding. It's a shitty waste of space that has gained popularity by the moral majority for being mid-tempo, easy to memorise and headbang to. Big Metallica fan all the same. That song is the weak link on "Ride the Lightning", it really is.
    In saying that you have confirmed that you know absolutely NOTHING about heavy metal or music for that matter. For Whom The Bell Tolls is regarded a heavy metal classic by most and definitely one of metallica's best songs. You repulse me
    pyritmann
    haha wanna know what is soooo funny, how defensive people get when metallica gets dissed. oh man, and all of you people who get defensive with your precious metallica are the same people who will diss any kind of music that isn't metal. you just spit it all out. I'm not saying that metallica wasn't amazing cause they were, but seriously, they are dead, it's over with them. time to move on. or something. or at least dont diss other peoples music. cause we all know you can't handle it when someone disses yours
    dethskar0
    This article is poorly written. I barely understood it because of the way it was written... but from what I did understand, it sounds stupid.
    ..NEM..
    pouyannassiri wrote: hahahaha these people need to get a life i mean come on how can u turn for whom the bell tolls into a christmas song? how are u gonna say the part "Take a look at the sky just before u die, its the last time you will" in a christmasy way?
    They will not have vocals, they will have like violins or something instead. And I really want to hear, sounds fun.
    Marlux102
    South-of-Heaven wrote: "For Whom The Bell Tolls" is in no way dark or grinding. It's a shitty waste of space that has gained popularity by the moral majority for being mid-tempo, easy to memorise and headbang to. Big Metallica fan all the same. That song is the weak link on "Ride the Lightning", it really is.
    this is probably one of their most amazing songs, cuz it shows that they didnt just play the exact music all the time back in the day....not to mention the bass intro is amazing. so what, cuz it doesnt have the same message as every other song on the album means it's weak? go back to your slayer worshipping ( i love slayer alot, but Metallica is my all time fav)
    mattb91
    what crap. sounds like it makes the original songs crappier than they already were by making them sound like christmas songs.
    Metallicam
    roksta101 wrote: i heard like a chamber edition to the unforgiven (1)...violins only and it was quite nice...not sure if glockenspiel and elec piano will work though...
    That would probably Apocolyptica you heard. I am ashamed to say I will probably buy this. Hey, it'll be way better than hearing Frank Sinatra all season at the mall! PS: Try to imagine Holier Than Thou done with bells... hahaha
    Silver Winter
    25th December lasts just one day, why do people have to listen to christmas songs a month long before that day comes?!
    Fireballz 1077
    Another MetallicA Christmas Jingle: Ronnie the Snowman The House Santa Built Nothing Elf Matters My Reindeer of Misery Up On The House Jack Built The 2X4 Days of Christmas Don't Elf On Me Santa Anger Santa But True The Santa Within Santa Said The Shortest Santa Harvester of Santa The Frayed Ends of Santa-ty For Whom the Jingle Bells Tolls Eye of the Reindeer Good King Wencsaslaus Nothing Hero of the Sleigh The Santa Torn
    ianc44
    yea pyritmann grow the f**k up! Metallica is clearly one of the best bands of all time. look at the record sales. I'm not saying they're they only good band. In fact they are pretty much the only metal that i like. way better than that pitiful excuse of a band slayer. god what a joke they are. why dont you slow it down a bit and try putting some actual music in it! Metallica will forever live on, like the beatles or led zeppelin. oh yea the christmas cd is pretty good too. while I'm at it, for whom the bell tolls is pretty awesome too. every song is a good song up until the black album. IM OUT!
    ironwolg
    pyritmann wrote: haha wanna know what is soooo funny, how defensive people get when metallica gets dissed. oh man, and all of you people who get defensive with your precious metallica are the same people who will diss any kind of music that isn't metal. you just spit it all out. I'm not saying that metallica wasn't amazing cause they were, but seriously, they are dead, it's over with them. time to move on. or something. or at least dont diss other peoples music. cause we all know you can't handle it when someone disses yours
    first off, i defend MetallicA all the time, and second, MetallicA is far from dead, and thrid, i listen to other music so maybe YOU should open your mind a bit and stop criticizing everyone. listen to what you like and shut up about other people's bands
    Y00p
    ^ + I really like the idea of this, should be pretty fun.
    blindfatkid23
    blink182plus44 wrote: working claus hero You do know thats not by them, its just a cover of John Lennon, right?
    Of course I do lol
    Y00p
    dethskar0 wrote: This article is poorly written. I barely understood it because of the way it was written... but from what I did understand, it sounds stupid.
    Oh, the irony...
    silentdob
    So this is the new Metallica album that weve been waiting for... Stil better than St. Anger...
    roksta101
    i heard like a chamber edition to the unforgiven (1)...violins only and it was quite nice...not sure if glockenspiel and elec piano will work though...
    Cafas
    In saying that you have confirmed that you know absolutely NOTHING about heavy metal or music for that matter. For Whom The Bell Tolls is regarded a heavy metal classic by most and definitely one of metallica's best songs. You repulse me You repulse me for not being able to hand another person's opinion. The majority of you repulse me for thinking Metallica are the be all and end all of metal.
    Lauri
    IainDavies_2 wrote: Some Metallica songs should be: -Enter Santaman -Master Of Presents -Holyer Than Thou -Christmas Eve No disrespect, Metallica are pretty much my favourtite band
    You made my day! ...And CHRISTMAS for All? What the **** were they thinking?
    IainDavies_2
    Some Metallica songs should be: -Enter Santaman -Master Of Presents -Holyer Than Thou -Christmas Eve No disrespect, Metallica are pretty much my favourtite band
    South-of-Heaven
    "For Whom The Bell Tolls" is in no way dark or grinding. It's a shitty waste of space that has gained popularity by the moral majority for being mid-tempo, easy to memorise and headbang to. Big Metallica fan all the same. That song is the weak link on "Ride the Lightning", it really is.
    pouyannassiri
    hahahaha these people need to get a life i mean come on how can u turn for whom the bell tolls into a christmas song? how are u gonna say the part "Take a look at the sky just before u die, its the last time you will" in a christmasy way?
    SSDDPunkRocker
    I was hoping maybe some better twists for Green Day, instead of "Holiday." Maybe: "All I Want For Christmas Is Maria" "Santa Claus Is [Home]Coming To Town" "I Saw Mommy Kissing Jesus Of Suburbia" "Rudolph the American Idiot"
    KillerZombie
    I think it would better if it had less...jingle and rings of bells. I mean, every song has jingle bells
    goddamncanadian
    South-of-Heaven wrote: "For Whom The Bell Tolls" is in no way dark or grinding. It's a shitty waste of space that has gained popularity by the moral majority for being mid-tempo, easy to memorise and headbang to. Big Metallica fan all the same. That song is the weak link on "Ride the Lightning", it really is.
    and this is coming from an even bigger slayer fan, who expects 1,000,000 notes per bar