“A Twisted Christmas” by Twisted Sister

Artist: Twisted Sister
Title: “A Twisted Christmas”
Label: Razor & Tie Music
Release Date: 10/17/2006
Genre: Holiday Hard Rock
Rating: 3/5

When the Holiday Season is upon us we all sit back and think of good times with loved ones, good food and of course – Twisted F’n Sister!!! I have to admit that I never expected a Christmas themed album by Dee and the boys but as wild as the idea sounds there are some really good moments to be found on the CD. Opening up with a mellow very non-TS “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, the band soon gets down to the Hard Rock business they excel at with Dee growling intensely making the once sedate track a shock rocker. Winners are found in “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” as the lovely Lita Ford has a duet guest spot and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” is about as close to the originals but with a hard rock backbeat pushing them forward. “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” sounds very close to “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “Let It Snow” has a truly Black Sabbath vibe going on. ACDC’s style comes to visit like a Ghost Of Christmas Past on “Silver Bells” which lead you to believe that Santa is wearing a bullet belt and a leather jacket this year while Rudolph’s nose is extra red on account of all the head-banging. Dee, Eddie, J.J., A.J. and Mark give some tight and clever playing on the album and it is totally aimed at those listeners who want a little more Metal in their holiday tunes. They just might be onto something for if Savatage riffs worked for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra the same can be thought to help those Sister chords. It’s more tongue in cheek than the TSO is that’s for sure and I don’t think Mr. O’Neill has to worry about his franchise with this one on the shelves at the same time.

Song Listing:
1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
2. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
3. White Christmas
4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
5. Silver Bells
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
7. Let It Snow
8. Deck The Halls
9. The Christmas Song
10. Heavy Metal Christmas (12 Days)
11. Twisted X-Mas

Official Web site: www.twistedsister.com

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