As the holiday season approaches, you can’t escape the constant barrage of Christmas hits playing on every radio station, store speaker system, and family member’s holiday playlist. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good holiday classic as much as the next person. But let’s be real, how many times can you listen to “Last Christmas” or “All I Want for Christmas” before you start tearing your hair out?
Enter black metal.
Sure, the genre is known for its harsh, abrasive sound and intense themes, but hear us out. Black metal can bring a refreshing change of pace to your holiday music rotation, and it can even add a little extra excitement and edge to your festive celebrations.
First of all, let’s talk about variety. The same old holiday hits can get pretty monotonous after a while, but black metal offers a wide range of subgenres and bands to choose from. Whether you prefer the raw, primal energy of first-wave black metal or the atmospheric, cerebral sound of modern blackgaze, there’s something for every metalhead to enjoy. And with the holiday season being all about spreading cheer and bringing people together, why not share your love of black metal with your friends and family? They may be surprised at how much they enjoy it (or they may run screaming from the room, but hey, at least you tried).
But perhaps the biggest reason why black metal is more fun at Christmas time is that it subverts expectations. While everyone else is blasting Mariah Carey and Bing Crosby, you can stand out with something a little more unconventional. Plus, the contrast between the dark, ominous sound of black metal and the bright, cheery holiday setting can create a surprisingly enjoyable juxtaposition. Imagine decking the halls with corpse paint and blasting some Mayhem or Darkthrone while you wrap gifts or bake cookies. Sounds like a pretty metal holiday to us.
In conclusion, don’t be afraid to mix things up with some black metal during the holiday season. It’ll add some much-needed variety to your music rotation and bring some unexpected fun to your festive celebrations. Just make sure to keep the eggnog and mistletoe far, far away from any open flames.
Happy holidays, metalheads! 🤘