2013 Rock + Metal Holiday Gift Guide
The holiday season is approaching once again, and there’s a bevy of gifts our there for the metal or hard rock fan in your life.
While it’s always better to give than receive, it’s still a pain in the butt to shop for your loved ones. Plus, the fear of giving that one special someone a crappy gift is enough to give anyone a holiday-long panic attack. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We’ve rounded up 10 awesome gifts just begging to be given during Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any holiday of your choosing.
Check out our 2013 Rock + Metal Holiday Gift Guide below:
Metallica ‘Ugly’ Christmas Sweater
In case you haven’t noticed, metal bands churning out beautifully ugly Christmas sweaters has become somewhat of an anti-tradition. Last year, Slayer unveiled an ugly Christmas sweater and it immediately sold out, so it only makes sense that Metallica attempt the same feat. The Metallica sweater is full of insignia, including the ‘Master of Puppets’ album artwork, the ‘Load’-era emblem, Metallica’s ‘Kill ‘Em All’-era logo and the iconic 3D logo Metallica currently utilize.
Nirvana ‘In Utero’ 20th Anniversary Editions
Nirvana‘s final album, ‘In Utero,’ celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Like many pinnacle albums, ‘In Utero’ received a re-release in many forms, including a 2-CD deluxe edition, a 3-LP vinyl release and even a 3-CD + 1-DVD deluxe box set. The box set showcases 70 remastered, remixed, rare and unreleased recordings, including B-sides, compilation tracks, never-before-heard demos and live material featuring Nirvana’s final touring lineup.
Slayer Vinyl Reissues
Right in time for the holidays, Slayer have announced the reissue of 10 full-length albums on 180-gram vinyl. On Dec. 10, all of these new pieces of vinyl will become available. All of the band’s releases from ‘Reign in Blood’ (1986) to ‘World Painted Blood’ (2009) along with the 1991 live double-record ‘Decade of Aggression: Live’ have been remastered for the vinyl release. Each piece of Slayer reissued vinyl will feature its original artwork including reproductions of the original 12X12 inner sleeves. For the first U.S. run, 500 unmarked copies will be pressed on 180-gram, blood red colored vinyl and randomly inserted and sold in stores.
‘Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen’
‘Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen’ is perhaps the greatest collection of insane rock and metal stories ever assembled between two hard covers. The bizarre life of Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen is documented in ‘The Lost Gospels’ with the help of journalist Jon Wiederhorn. The biography includes testaments from Al’s closest friends and fellow musicians, piecing together the backstory behind all 13 Ministry albums, with some extra juicy tales to boot.
‘Death Metal Christmas’ Album
If you wanna go all out this Christmas, make it a ‘Death Metal Christmas.’ Hate Eternal bassist J. Hrubovcak has teamed up with his brother Mike, who is the vocalist for Monstrosity and Vile, for ‘Death Metal Christmas – Hellish Renditions of Christmas Classics,’ featuring extreme takes on some holiday classics. What holiday is truly complete without a little death metal?
Bad Religion, ‘Christmas Songs’
Although a Bad Religion Christmas album is somewhat of a paradox, we’re sure the joke isn’t lost on the legendary punk rock band. ‘Christmas Songs’ includes covers of timeless classics such as ‘O Come All Ye Faithful,’ ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and many more. Capping off the album is a recording the Bad Religion staple track ‘American Jesus,’ in what is called the ‘Andy Wallace Mix.’ The album is out now, so grab yourself a copy and place it under a loved one’s Christmas tree.
Lamb of God, ‘As the Palaces Burn’ 10th Anniversary Bundles
Pure American metal act Lamb of God are currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of ‘As the Palaces Burn’ with 10 different music + merch bundles. A number of different shirts are being offered with the bundles, along with your very own Lamb of God shot glass! Although the song predates ‘As the Palaces Burn,’ you can enjoy a very different type of ‘Black Label’ with your LoG shot glass as you’re enjoying some delicious holiday egg nog.
Between the Buried and Me ‘Ugly’ Christmas Sweater
Did we mention the sweaters? We did, didn’t we? Well, here’s one more for you courtesy of Between the Buried and Me. For three days only in December, BTBAM will open their doors for fans to rush in and buy the band’s official ‘The Parallax II: Future Sequence’ Christmas sweater. Have you been yearning for a metal-as-hell garment, but have been dissuaded from a sweater’s lack of owl faces? BTBAM literally have you covered. Be quick, though. The good people at NASA are likely to jump on these limited-edition sweaters in between shuttle launches.
‘A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo’
A Perfect Circle have put together the insanely comprehensive box set, ‘A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo.’ The set features ‘Stone and Echo,’ a full-length CD/DVD of the band’s Aug. 11, 2011 performance at the Red Rock Amphitheater; ‘Trifecta,’ a multi-album collection featuring the band’s complete discography, ‘Mer de Noms,’ ‘Thirteenth Step’ and ‘eMOTIVe,’ recorded live during A Perfect Circle’s handful of three-night, full-album performances with bonus tracks including live performances of ‘By and Down,’ ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and ‘Diary of a Love Song.’ The physical box sets are sold out, but a digital version of ‘Stone and Echo’ is available via iTunes.
Ghost ‘Phallos Mortuus Ritual’ Box Set
For all you naughtier-than-nice girls and boys out there who will surely receive a lump of coal in your stocking, Ghost has you covered. Santa isn’t the only one giving gifts on Christmas, so pick the right person and beg for one of Ghost’s ‘Phallos Mortuus Ritual’ box set. The gift box itself looks stunning, but inside dwells some gifts that keep on giving. Let’s just say that we’ll let you figure out the contents by the photo. As they say, you can’t put a price on happiness.