Title: “Heavy Mental Christmas”
Label: Planet Helix
Release Date: 10/21/2008
Genre: Holiday Hard Rock
“Gimme an X”, “X!!!” – “M”, “A”, “S”, “Whatchya got? “XMAS!!!!!” What you gonna do? Sorry friends, I lost myself a little bit there but believe it or not those eighties Hard Rockers from Canada in Helix have actually delivered a Christmas album of their own for the entire world to enjoy. Presenting “Heavy Mental Christmas” an album where we find that the band follows suit with the similar idea that was executed by Twisted Sister a couple of years ago. The idea of Helix doing this appealed to me for growing up in the eighties in terms of the Metal bands that I would follow I was no stranger to what Helix was capable of and I really loved a number of the bands classics. I admit that I found their choosing this option a little bit strange but with the angle being so popular these days there are guaranteed to be those who bravely approach the subject matter themselves to see what comes of it. We all know that Hard Rock music and the Holiday theme are not new by any stretch of the imagination based on how successful the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has been for the number of years it has been touring and my thoughts are if the final product is something that many people can enjoy then I am behind it 100%. So how would Helix’s renditions of the Holiday classics be you might ask, well I am happy to report that the almost dead on versions are really good and while they offer up some extra crunch in the guitar and drum parts, that the songs are kept very, very close to the original versions. This ends up making the album a release that can be enjoyed by any rocking demographic who celebrates the holiday with their friends and families. It’s different from how Sister did their own for with “A Twisted Christmas” the guys chose to re-work their own songs into interesting Holiday versions. With “A Heavy Mental Christmas” we are not finding Helix reworking their catalog to fit the theme. Of course that might have been interesting when I come to think of it.
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