Artist: "Twisted Sister"
Album: "A Twisted Christmas"
Genre: Rock
Label: Razor & Tie

Reviewer: Protoclown
Posted: 12/15/2008

Review: Let me make one thing very clear: I am not a fan of Twisted Sister. While I appreciate the 80s cheesiness of songs like "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock", I really know nothing about them outside those two songs, nor do I have any real interest in exploring their music any further than that. But when I heard that they had recently recorded a Christmas album, I was amused enough to at least have a listen to that. I figured it would be good for a few laughs if nothing else.

Unfortunately, this is far from the case. They try to make things funny early on by initially presenting a very traditional, mellow version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", which stalls out about a minute into the song as somebody asks Dee Snider why they're not rocking, after which they "rock out" into a slightly less mellow version of the song. It'd be more effective if they were a death metal band and Dee Snider growled his vocals in a ridiculously deep, guttural voice, because Twisted Sister's "hard" version of the song isn't really much wilder than any other version you might hear on the radio.

For the most part they play the normal, traditional versions of classic Christmas songs like "White Christmas", "Silver Bells", and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". They only really noticably deviate on the song "Heavy Metal Christmas (The Twelve Days of Christmas)", in which their true love gave them things like an Ozzy tattoo, two pairs of spandex pants, five skull earrings, and eleven black mascaras. There's really nothing here that you couldn't hear on a Christian rock station, to be honest, and there aren't many laughs to be had here at all after the silly novelty of a Twisted Sister Christmas album wears off about two minutes into the album.

Pretty much all Christmas music is shite, so I guess if you're going to be stuck listening to it, you may as well go with the Twisted Sister versions, since they rock slightly harder than most of the others. But if you hate Christmas music as most of us with ears do, there's really nothing here that's going to interest or please you.

Overall rating: WholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Dec 15th, 2008, 02:30 PM
Only two pickles? This Christmas album was far better than the one Billy Idol put out! Harumph!
Pickled Patriarch
Dec 15th, 2008, 03:49 PM
Better than Billy Idol's? The HELL it was!
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Forum Virgin
Dec 15th, 2008, 04:30 PM
I looked it up and I seem to be wrong, but I thought the Christmas album that Twisted Sister had done was the one where they combined Christmas carols/songs with classic metal songs? Am I just imagining an album or did someone else actually do this?
Dec 15th, 2008, 09:28 PM
you're probably thinking of the Bob Rivers Twisted Christmas albums
plastic bag
Dec 15th, 2008, 11:21 PM
i consider myself a fan of Twisted Sister, and i also like a lot of non-traditional christmas music, but damn, this album was pure shit. Two pickles seems overly generous to me.
The Goddamned Batman
Dec 15th, 2008, 11:50 PM
Yeah, I thought two pickles might have been a bit much after it was posted, but what can I say, it's the season for giving.
Forum Virgin
Dec 16th, 2008, 02:23 PM
This doesn't hold a candle to the King diamond holiday album.
The Magnificent Bastard
Dec 16th, 2008, 08:59 PM
Actually, I think this album kicked ass.

But, then again I love Twisted Sister, and I love X-mas songs.

Check out the video for "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" if you wanna see just how much TS can make an old X-Mas song rock!
Dec 16th, 2008, 09:05 PM
This deserved 1/4 of a pickle.
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Forum Virgin
Dec 19th, 2008, 11:42 PM
Well, even though that was only a single and only one of the songs were about Christmas, I do have to agree that No Presents for Christmas is far superior to this or any other piece of Christmas music ever written.
I hate this hacker crap!
Dec 20th, 2008, 08:53 AM
I really like their version of I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.