It is the season to be jolly. And if you think this is also one rocking season, then you might consider The Christmas Party Singers Heavy Metal Christmas a treat. But don't let the title lead you to thinking it's all head banging music in this music corner.
Now that was what I was ready for when I chose to listen to this recently released album. And I guess I was too prepared for that so in the end I was a bit amused and well, kind of let down in some parts with this album. And so I will give 2.5 stars for this album out of 5. There are several pieces that rocked my ears here but I was not satisfied with the over all selection as well as the order of the songs.
I was really ready for some rocking guitar licks and riffs in this album but I was not a hundred percent satisfied. There are some rock gems though in this album which I would love to listen to repeatedly, ad infinitum even. There's The Little Drummer Boy, O Come All Ye Faithful and The Twelve Days of Christmas. I really wish any of these 3 should have been made the opening track in this album. I mean let it smoke from the start -- we're gearing for some heavy metal Christmas music after all. Angels We Have Heard on High and Deck the Halls sound really good in this album, too. I think Good King Wenceslas, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Let It Snow and Santa Claus is Coming to Town are rocking pieces here as well. But my favorite head-banging piece in this album would have to be Carol of the Bells.
The last song of this really full album with no less than 30 songs is Jingle Bell Rock. Unfortunately, I don't find it memorable really. I think O Little Town of Bethlehem would have made a great ending. It reminds us how it all started anyway, this celebration called Christmas, when the world's Savior and King of all kings was born. This piece is a solid good one, too and it's message is still rocking the world today as well. But back to the over all sound and feel of this album: I'm not really sure if it was really that ready to rock or not.