Metallica’s Heavy Metal Christmas Music

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Looking for some heavy metal Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit? Look no further than Metallica’s “Heavy Metal Christmas.” This song is sure to get your head banging and get you ready for a rockin’ holiday season!

Christmas All Night

Christmas All Night is a 2013 song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as a single on November 26, 2013. The song is a Christmas-themed heavy metal song with lyrics about Santa Claus coming to town and giving presents to children. It is one of the few original Christmas songs by the band, and was written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

The song received positive reviews from music critics, with many praising its festive spirit and heavy metal sound. It charted at number 21 on Billboard’s US Mainstream Rock chart, making it the band’s highest-charting Christmas song in the United States.

We Three Kings

Metallica’s cover of “We Three Kings” was released on the 1998 album A Very Special Christmas 2. The song is performed in the style of metal with growling vocals and heavy guitar riffs. Many of the lyrics are changed to be about Santa Claus and Christmas, rather than the original religious subject matter. For example, the opening line “We three Kings of Orient are” is changed to “Santa Claus, Superman, and Jesus Christ”.

The Little Drummer Boy

“The Little Drummer Boy” is a Christmas carol song first time published in 1941, in the book “The Little Drummer Boy – A Song Story of ‘The Birth of Jesus Christ’.” The music and lyrics was written by Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941.

The carol tells the story of a poor little boy who is asked by the baby Jesus’ mother, Mary, to play his drum for him. The little drummer boy had no gift for the baby Jesus, so he played his drum for him.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Metallica’s Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is a heavy metal Christmas song released in 1994 on the album A Very Special Christmas 2. The song was written by Hank Scorpio and James Hetfield, and produced by Bob Rock. It is one of the few Metallica songs not to credit Lars Ulrich as a co-writer.

The song is a cover of the traditional Christmas song “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, with lyrics modified to be about the fictional character Hank Scorpio from The Simpsons. In the song, Scorpio threatens to kill Santa if he does not bring him presents. The original lyrics to the chorus are modified to “You’d better watch out, you better not cry / You better not pout, I’m telling you why / Santa Claus is coming to town”.

The music video for the song was directed by Milton Lage and featured footage of the band performing in front of a green screen, with animated images of Hank Scorpio superimposed over them.

Jingle Bells

‘Jingle Bells’ is a Christmas song that was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857. The song was originally written for Thanksgiving, but it became popular as a Christmas song. Metallica recorded a cover of the song in 2008, which was included on their album ‘Death Magnetic’.

Silent Night

‘Silent Night’ is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as a single in 2008, and featured on the band’s 2009 album ‘Death Magnetic’. The song is a cover of the traditional Christmas carol of the same name, and was released to benefit the victims of the 2008South Ossetia war.

Joy To The World

From the album Happy Holidays from Metallica, “Joy to the World” is a cover of the traditional Christmas carol. The song is performed in a heavy metal style, with aggressive guitars and drums. The lyrics are also metal-themed, with lines such as “Bring forth the power of metal for all to hear.” “Joy to the World” is a fun, festive song that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit.

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