Featuring five renderings of the season’s darkest hymns, Death Metal Christmas… was composed and produced by J.J. with vocals and artwork by brother/Monstrosity throat Mike Hrubovcak, engineered by Hate Eternal mastermind Erik Rutan and J.J. and mixed and mastered by Brian Elliott all at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg. And the outcome is every bit a yule tide treat for even the Grinchiest of souls. A menacing death metal composition first and Christmas album second, the record delivers a twist on traditional themes, new arrangements and unadulterated brutality.
The concept focuses on Azrael, the angel of death in some Islam, Sikhism and Hebrew lore, and the inevitable fall of mankind. The story follows a child (Azrael) born to a wealthy family heavily involved in politics throughout the generations. The child is not named Azrael but, infused with its spirit, is predestined by Abaddon (the Destroyer) to cleanse the earth of all life.
Today third movement, “Nutcracker: Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy,” is available via Decibel Magazine. Notes Hrubovcak of the tune, “I debated on whether to include this song because it so ubiquitous during the season and almost played out, but I thought it needed to be heard in a death metal context. Much of the music produced by the late 19th/early 20th century Russian composers was basically the death metal of its time. It was passionate, aggressive, bleak, dark, unconventional and open-minded, reviled and revered at the same time, disturbing and shocking to convention. I love aggressive and passionate music in any genre — jazz has hard bop, classical has these Russian composers and we have death metal!”
Get your caroling on with “Nutcracker: Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy,” at THIS LOCATION.
Additionally, you can still sample opening number, “Unrest For Melancholy Men (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)” HERE as well as second track “Earthen Kings (We Three Kings)” streaming at Revolver at THIS LOCATION.
Death Metal Christmas – Hellish Renditions Of Christmas Classics is currently available for purchase at THIS LOCATION.