A Twisted Christmas review by Twisted Sister

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  • Released: Oct 17, 2006
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (69 votes)
Twisted Sister: A Twisted Christmas
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Sound — 8
There are some albums that are just meant to be fun. And without running the risk of Dee Snider beating me senseless, fun is the appropriate word to describe Twisted Sister's latest CD A Twisted Christmas. If anything, fans of the infamous '80s band will at least feel a bit nostalgic at the sound of Twisted Sister giving the Christmas holiday a swift kick in the behind. The highlight of the CD comes early in O Come All Ye Faithful, which successfully morphs into one of the classic hits for Twisted Sister (vocalist Dee Snider, guitarist Jay Jay French, guitarist Eddie Fingers Ojeda, bassist Mark The Animal Mendoza, and drummer A.J. Pero). When you first hear the intro full of cowbell goodness, you'll halfway expect to hear We're Not Gonna Take It. It soon becomes obvious that the band intentionally weaved the hit track in and out of O Come All Ye Faithful, with the signature guitar line popping up at intermittent parts of the song. Just when you think the caroling segment is back for good, the band then throws in a bit of the Israeli folk song Hava Nagila, a somewhat intriguing choice for a Christmas track. If you're a child of the '80s, you might also be interested in hearing Lita Ford's guest vocal in the duet I'll Be Home For Christmas. Because Ford does have a lower vocal register than a lot of women, the song still manages to keep a gritty feel and a nice flow between the vocalists. The song feels just as much like a power ballad as a Christmas tune to Twisted Sister's credit. The liner notes state that Ford plays guitar on the track, although it does not specify whether she plays rhythm or lead. If she is tackling the lead, she should be commended for the impressive solo that actually is the highlight of I'll Be Home For Christmas. The big sore thumb on the track is Heavy Metal Christmas, the hard rock equivalent to The Twelve Days Of Christmas. Just like the original carol, the song goes on way too long and could possibly grate on your nerves. While the song is done all in good humor and probably would be hilarious to listen to while drunk, for day-to-day listening it is a bit much.

Lyrics — 9
For the most part, the band is respectful of the Christmas carols' original lyrical content and most of the unique twists are put on the musical arrangement. If you're familiar with songs like White Christmas, Silver Bells, and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, then the album should hold no shockers in terms of the words. It's actually admirable that the band decided to stick to a traditional format and not feel the need to turn up the shock value. Heavy Metal Christmas is the one song that really goes it's own way in terms of the lyrics. If you're familiar with the original, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, you know that a partridge in a pear tree is the primary focus. This time around Snider sings, On my heavy metal Christmas my true love gave to me; A tattoo of Ozzy. While the song is a bit silly, it is amusing to hear that 2 pairs of spandex pants, 4 quarts of Jack, and 6 cans of hair spray all made the cut in the Twisted Sister version.

Overall Impression — 8
Making a traditional Christmas album in the heavy metal world is not an easy task, particularly if you live by the motto of Dee Snider, If it's not metal, it's crap. With A Twisted Christmas, the band sticks to the formula that made it a hit in the 80's, and that was a wise decision. The people that will want to buy this album will likely be those fans who ate up I Wanna Rock and Stay Hungry, not those who just picked up Clay Aiken's holiday CD. The Christmas carols are approached very much like the way the band has approached their own songs, and in a sense it is a rather fascinating listen. The band does it's best to put its own spin on the well-known list of tunes, but at many points the songs do tend to go on a bit longer than the ears might want. If there's one thing that the guys in Twisted Sister get right, it's not taking themselves too seriously along the way. And for drunken holiday parties, that goes a long way.

17 comments sorted by best / new / date

    SystemFailure
    i think im'a get this..... i mean i can't say im a big fan of twisted sister up til now but, i think it'll be worth it just for the laughs. At least lets hope its not a full price album.....maybe just a 10 one? lol
    401amx
    Twisted Sister is the only band that could wear that hair and all that makeup and still kick somebodies ass who needed it!
    TheCoffinRobber
    Reminded me of Relient K's multiple voyages into the Christmas scene. These guys took songs everyone knew and made them their own and enjoyable to hear again. About time :-P
    PopeyeMJK
    VERY commendable album. Knowing these fellas as well as I do I know they really are good guys thru and thru. This was a very cool thing for them to do and it's definitely all in good fun. It rocks. It's without ego or negativity, not they ever were like that. I say get it just to rock out to classic Christmas songs! Why not? God Bless guys and have AWESOME holidays! You derserve it! MJK
    zak5150
    I'm definately looking forward to buy this album, I'm an real SMF (Sick Mother F*%#er - TS fan for those of you who don't know.) I've always liked christmas songs too, I'm an atheist but I still love the whole christmas feel, and adding a little sick to my christmas would make it really awesome. Twisted Sister's music is really crappy by the standards of other stuff I listen to, but their style rocks. Whenever I come across this album it's going straight into my CD collection, but just to make christmas that more special I think I'll wait until mid-December before opening it. I'm glad a good band finally made a good christmas album. Btw, if you like this one you should check out Van Helsing's Curse, it's Dee Snider's Halloween metal orchestra with some really kick ass music.
    guitarguy87
    dude this is gonna be a definent buy of mine this christmas cause im a big ts fan n i love their songs so havin a metal christmas for a change will be awesome THANK YOU twisted sister
    Pistol_N_Petal
    Twisted Sister are awesome man, i listeneed to a bit of this album and its ace gonna put this on when we have a christmas party!
    XxTopCatxX
    lol, the songs are freakin funny. Dee is brilliant. Thank you, Twisted Sister, for smashing some metal into my face this christmas; indeed, my face was in need of a good melting. These songs are the best christmas presents a boy could ever ask for.
    ronoh55
    kingjiyoon wrote: the guy in the pic on main page looked gayish. pretty fuked up
    thats what the members of twisted sister look like listen to some of their music and look at the ppl of the times before you ****ing judge
    LaLaLaLoopy
    Ya Dee is kinda a joker, the look is for shock value...Its not much now but in the early 80's these guys were scary.They were in court as many times as OZZY, even went up against Al Gore and his wife and pretty much said that she was evil.These guys didnt really contribute anything new to music but the videos were halarious and had alot to do with fighting for all musicians as far as free speach and lyrical content is concerned.