2012 Rock + Metal Holiday Gift Guide
The holiday shopping season is officially upon us. So for those who are looking to score some awesome rock and metal presents in December, we've got some suggestions which both kids and adults should add to their lists. From a demonically ugly/awesome Slayer Christmas sweater to cool CDs to rocking stockings to concert tickets to more intentionally ugly sweaters, we've got your shopping list covered. So, get out your devil horns and wallets, and take a look at this handy-dandy rock + metal holiday gift guide:
'Tis the season for awful Christmas sweaters! With that excitement in mind, we're pleased to say that without fail, that Slayer have given all metalheads an extra item to add to their wish lists. Going to an ugly sweater party? Tired of your grandparents cranking up the heat to 90 degrees every time they visit for the holidays? Want to worship the dark lord twined within the wool of sacrificial lambs? Yes? Then this sweater is for you! This blood red and eternal black treasure is warmer than the depths of hell, while covered in skull and pentagrams for all your sacrilegious holiday needs!
This next item is perfect for parents who want to be the coolest adults on the block. Perhaps you used to rock out to Rage Against the Machine and wanna show your kid how hip you are, or you've never heard of the legendary band, but wanna prove that you're not Mr. and Mrs. Square. Just in time for the holidays, RATM are releasing some awesome special 20th anniversary editions of their self-titled debut album. The most lavish version, which you will purchase for your kid (or yourself), contains two CDs, two DVDs, one 12" 180gm vinyl LP, a 40-page booklet and a two-sided poster.
Need something for that Metallica fan in your life? Well, the timing couldn't be more perfect for the band's new concert DVD/Blu-ray release, 'Quebec Magnetic,' which hits stores Dec. 10. The release was filmed over a two-night 2009 performance in Quebec City, Canada. The two setlists were presented to fans, who ultimately chose the one they wanted as the main concert on the DVD. But as a bonus, the band included bonus songs from the other night, as well. That adds up to 26 Metallica tunes blasting in your face!
Did somebody say, "More sweaters?!?!?!?!" Well, Victory Records is selling a whole mess of them for the Christmas season. The record label has created an obscene amount of intentionally ugly Christmas sweaters from bands such as Emmure, Otep, Continents, The Bunny The Bear, Close Your Eyes and even one with the label's trademark bulldog on the front. You'll never have to be embarrassed by your out-of-touch relatives again!
You didn't ask for Tony Iommi's autobiography last year?! That was an unfortunate mistake on your part, but luckily for you, a second chance is in the cards. On Dec. 11, 'Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath' is being released on paperback, so you'll still be able to read about Iommi's tumultuous childhood, accidentally cutting off two of his fingers, the rise of Sabbath, battles with addiction and much more.
After adding Soundgarden's new album 'King Animal' to your holiday wish list, make sure you don't forget to ask for tickets to a show on the band's 2013 tour. Once you unwrap your beloved new Soundgarden CD, you'll be able to spend some quality time with the album before hearing the tracks live. The North American tour starts on Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C. and concludes in Los Angeles on Feb. 16.
One of the greatest death metal albums ever made has just been re-released with a ton of new material. Death's 'Spiritual Healing' is back with a vengeance 22 years after it first saw the dark of night. This reissue is a must-have because it contains a remastered version of the original album, 16 previously unreleased rehearsal outtakes, instrumentals and jams from the 'Spiritual Healing' recording sessions and a full live performance recorded on March 17, 1990, in New York.
Although Gene Simmons may be celebrating Hanukkah this year, that doesn't stop him from embracing the Christmas spirit of giving … as long as you're willing to give him money first. As you can imagine, there is a mountain of Kiss Christmas merchandise, but the coolest chotchkies available are certainly the Kiss boot stockings. You can be the lucky owner of a 'Demon Dragon' or 'Starchild' boot stocking for just $40 or less! If that seem a bit much for your wallet, you can always grab one of over 25 different Kiss ornaments. Seriously.
Chevelle have been pounding out quality rock music for more than a decade now, and they've compiled their greatest hits into a new compilation called 'Stray Arrows: A Collection of Favorites.' The disc features the band's radio staples like 'The Red' and 'Send the Pain Below,' along with newer hits like 'Face to the Floor' and 'Hats Off to the Bull.' You'll even get a brand new song titled 'Fizgig.'
Finally … Christmas Day is over. You've put your hyperactive kids to bed and thrown your Christmas tree out the window, and it's time to kick back and relax with the perfect gift for heavy metal parents: Marilyn Manson brand Absinthe! Chase the Green Fairy with Marilyn Manson's favorite beverage. You'll be bleaching your skin white and dating supermodels in no time!