Butchering disaster. I became skeptical back in January right after I listen “New York New York” covered by Devin Townsend, an absolutely genius guy otherwise, but not even his talent and powerful voice could bring out something exciting from this project. The idea itself might be alright, but the result is horrible. Eagle Rock thought to give another shot to the team that put together â€œWe Wish You A Metal Xmasâ€, the supergroup made of Richie Kotzen – guitar, Bob Kulick – guitars, Doug Katsaros – keyboards, Billy Sheehan – bass and Brett Chassen – drums and putting to the microphone legendary rock singers such as Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Geoff Tate (QueensrÃ¿che), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Tim â€œRipperâ€ Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth), Devin Townsend (Devin Townsend, Strapping Young Lad, etc), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Doug Pinnick (Kingâ€™s X), Jani Lane (ex-Warrant), Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway) and Elias Soriano (Nonpoint). So, only and exclusively a line-up made of (rock) super-stars.
And actually there’s nothing wrong with the performances, all this musicians and singers are in excellent shape, but the concept, the arrangements, the way how this all famous songs were reinterpreted is kind of… kinky, which proofs that good ides and intentions are not always quite enough. There are a very few exceptions, some better passages, moments, but generally speaking, this is a mess. It’s strange while I’m a huge Sinatra fan and I admire or respect most of this musicians as well. What’s not that bad: “It Was A Very Good Year” with Dee Snider which sounds pretty Deep Purple, but it’s quite ok. “Witchcraft” singed by Tim Owens it’s the most succesful merging of metal with a tasteful horn section. Doug Pinnick does almost a pretty good job with “Iâ€™ve Got The World On A String”. On the other edge is unexpectedly Glenn Hughes with a totally embarrassing version of “Iâ€™ve Got You Under My Skin” and not his voice is the problem, but the totally fucked up arrangement while Geoff Tate is disappointing with “Summerwind”.