Jingle bells, batman smells, robin…in case you didn’t notice it’s that time of year again when all the lights and decorations are pulled from the dusty old attic and put on the even dustier old tree. It’s also time for those horrendous old classic christmas ditties to be shoved in your earholes nearly everywhere you go. There’s simply no escaping it, just today I had to endure it on hold during a phone call. Thankfully I’ve got just the thing to make your holidays merrier in this edition of tbt, Death Metal Christmas by J.J. Hrubovcak.
We’re not throwing back far, this album was released two years ago and features J.J. Hrubovcak (Hate Eternal) on all instruments and Mike Hrubovcak (Monstrosity) on vocals. Cap that off with engineering work by Erik Rutan at Mana Recording Studios and there was little doubt — coming across this — that I had literally found the answer to all my infernal prayers of decent christmas music.
Kids, this is about as far as you can get from the old standard holiday album. Listening through it’s obvious the focus was on quality death metal and christmas was just a byproduct to tell an alternate story of Azrael, the angel of death. There’s a whole story on it so I will leave you with this link to catch up. J.J. turns in a stellar performance across all instruments, with blast beats aplenty and grinding guitars. Mike is definitely up to the task with his deep bellowed growls. Both gloriously inject their own brands of brutality to create something totally different for the season. Not that we would expect anything less, particularly with each of their respective day jobs.
Five tracks and nearly twenty minutes of top shelf death metal with some familiar holiday jingles may just rocket this to the top of your christmas favorites. So spike the egg nog then whip the below playlist out at the family dinner. You never know, grandma might ask you to turn it up. Probably not, but at least you’ll have something good to listen to.