Helix - A Heavy Mental Christmas

Perfect for office Christmas parties out there.. the live performance of the songs I mean, not this album. It's got all the classics, 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer', 'Rockin Around the Christmas Tree', 'Jingle Bells'. OK imagine you're down the pub on a Friday night just before Christmas and a band comes on that can play and the singer can sing.. they whip the crowd up into a frenzy and everyone's laughing and having a good time. This is exactly what this record is about. It does everything it says on the tin. Don't expect any amazing guitar solo's, soaring vocals or unusual arrangements. Plain and simple it's a Christmas covers album played by a heavy rock band hoping to cash in. There's nothing I can say that can criticise the idea. Someone had to do it… It'll sell 27 copies unless Terry Wogan picks up one of the songs for his radio 2 show in which case it may sell 27,000.

Actually I do remember 'Bad News' releasing a song called 'Cashing In On Christmas' so strike that comment before.. it's a shit idea and it HAS been done before!

On the positive side, if you want background music for your house party this Christmas you can do a hell of a lot worse… but why pay £8 or whatever it may be for an album you might play once a year?

Hopefully we won't see a novelty 'Darkness' type hit this Christmas from Helix who would surely play naked on an obscure live music show save for extended beards covering their bits.

Humbug!

6/10

by Hilda

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