When you need to buy the metalhead in your life a gift, what do you get them? CDs are the obvious choice, but there are many other possibilities. No individual CDs are listed here, but you can check out my CD reviews for hundreds of recommendations. Instead, I've put together a list of CD box sets, DVDs, collectibles and more. Here's a list of some gifts your favorite metal fan might like this year.
Heavy metal bands have been entering the ugly Christmas sweater market lately, with bands like Slayer and Metallica offering the holiday apparel. Now, DevilDriver, fresh off their Winter Kills album, have a whole holiday package. They are offering a faux ugly Christmas sweater crewneck sweatshirt, embroidered scarf, sticker and a custom DevilDriver ornament, all for about 60 bucks.
Slayer has branched out and created their own wine. Reign In Blood Cabernet Sauvignon is described as having an "undisputed attitude and a soft nose of dark berry fruits with oak and spicy nuances. Fresh fruitiness, smooth tannins and well structured with subtle notes of oak, showing true Divine Intervention." It's only available in Europe at this time.
Metal fans of all ages will appreciate the coffee table book The Art Of Metal: Five Decades Of Heavy Metal Album Covers, Posters, T-Shirts and More. Each chapter covers a different genre, with information about the bands and genre itself along with tons of photos of album art posters, t-shirts and other memorabilia. The book covers everything from NWOBHM, hair metal, doom/stoner metal, nu metal, black metal, thrash metal, death metal and progressive metal.
Fans get their money’s worth when they go to a Dream Theater concert, as the band generally plays for around three hours. The band’s latest DVD Live At Luna Park also delivers a lot of bang for the buck. The concert alone is almost three hours, and there’s a second disc of bonus material. Other configurations include Blu-ray, 2 DVD/3CD and a deluxe version with both a Blu-ray and 3CDs.
Iron Maiden have teamed up with a British brewer to release Trooper beer. It's described as "a deep golden ale with citric hop notes and dominating malt flavors with a subtle hint of lemon." Buy some of this along with Slayer wine and have a memorable heavy metal holiday party!
If you've ever been to a Motorhead show, you know how loud they are. It might be more appropriate for Motorhead to sell a line of earplugs, but the legendary band has developed their own brand of headphones. Several different model are available, including the Iron Fist, Motorizer and Bomber.
The traditional Christmas card just doesn't cut it for the average metal fan, especially if they are into more extreme types of the genre, such as black metal. This holiday season, buy and send one of these black metal greeting cards with a nice message, or buy some blank cards so your "kvlt" friend can send their own! There are several available for occasions ranging from birthdays to thank you to Valentine's Day.
A great way for a Metallica fan to keep warm on a cold winter's night is a blanket emblazoned with the Master Of Puppets logo. You can crank up "Battery" while wrapped up snugly. If you're more of a Ride The Lightning fan, they also have a blanket available with that album's logo.
Make your Christmas tree a little more metal this year with a selection of ornaments. Along with the "In League With Santa" ornament available in several colors, there are a few other metal ornaments available for a festive touch the headbanger in your life will appreciate.
Owning a life sized replica of Glenn Tipton's guitar would be cool, but would take up a lot of space. The next best thing is a 10 inch replica of the Judas Priest axeman's guitar, made from mahogany wood and comes with a stand. Several different mini guitars are also available, including replicas of the guitars played by Slash, Zakk Wylde, Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Kerry King, Lemmy and more.