The Ultimate Metalhead Christmas Gift Guide 2017 Pt. 1
It's that holly, jolly time of year again, when your life is full of Christmas Carols, too much food and blinding Christmas lights, whether you want it to be or not. With this comes the inevitable conundrum of what to get loved ones for Christmas, but never fear, because we're here to help with our Ultimate Metalhead Christmas Gift Guide. We've compiled a list of our favourite gifts that we think any metal fan would love, so whether you're looking for your family or friend member, or just need an answer other than 'I dunno' the next time your nearest and dearest ask what you'd like from Santa, have a squizz at our top gift ideas below!
For the Heavy Metal Bookworm
Bake In Black from Eve and Dave O'Sullivan is the ultimate gift for pun lovers, bakers and heavy metal aficionados. With recipes such as the Cannibal Corpse Baked At Birth rose hip-infused raspberry and white chocolate blondies, Mastodon Curl of the Swirl chocolate and malted milk swirl cookies, Pantera Far Beyond Risen bear claw doughnuts and the delicious sounding Slayer Reign In Red Velvet four-layed red velvet cake you can see on the cover of the book, it's the ultimate gift for any head bangin' baker.
Grab it here.
Lords of Chaos is an oldie but a goodie. Going into incredible detail about the rise of black metal in Norway, (spoiler alert!) the book covers key players and events, including Per Yngve "Dead" Ohlin's suicide, the rise and fall of leader Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth and the many dark deeds of Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes. Covering church burnings, suicide, murder, and most importantly, the music, it's an interesting insight into the intense and dark origins of black metal and a must read for any fan of the genre who wants to know it's bloody history.
Get it here.
As the OTT frontman of the iconic Iron Maiden, Bruce DIckinson has led a wild and interesting life. With his new autobiography, fans of the influential singer can now get a better look at the life and mind of the iconic musician, as he takes them behind the scenes of his life.
For over 35 years, Metal Blade Records have been a driving force of the metal community, supporting bands as they grow from small acts to international icons. In For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, Brian Slagel tells the tale of how he created his company and built it from a one-man operation to the international home of heavy music is it today.
If you've ever wanted to get into the mind of the innovative and enigmatic legend, Devin Townsend, this is your chance. From his childhood to working with Steve Vai, forming Strapping Young Lad and the Devin Townsend Project, to Casualties of Cool and everything in between, the uber talented musician really offers an intimate look at the incredible journey he's gone on to become one of metals most respected figures today.
Bonus: It also comes with a CD, so that's pretty cool.
For The Record Junkie
table-turned is an excellent idea for anyone who loves vinyl's and isn't afraid to try something new. The subscription service allows you to choose a genre you're interested in exploring, such as americana punk or noise rock, and then sends you a monthly record from a band within the genre. The exciting part is that it could either be from a well-known band who helped shape the genre, or from a smaller, newer act, who may turn out to be your next favourite band.
The service can ship to Australia, however, it'll cost you extra to cover the inflated shipping costs.
Find out more here.
Do you have some cover art that's just too beautiful to not be displayed, but you don't want to forfeit being able to quickly and easily access the record to play it? The Play & Display Vinyl Frame means you don't have to make the choice any longer, with the option to quickly and easily access the records, to either play it or swap it over. Pretty bloody nifty, if you ask us.
Grab it here.
Most of us know somebody who has a badass vinyl collection, but no means to actually play the very records they love so dearly. Solve their problem with the Audio Technica AT-LP60. It's got decent reviews across the board for sound and product quality, and while it isn't at the top end of the scale, it's a good product without breaking the bank.
Find out more here.
For The Diehard Fans
Hardcore Metallica fans will be a breeze to buy for this Christmas, with the Master Of Puppets Limited Edition 2017 Box Set, which includes 3 LP's, 10 CD's, 2 DVD's, a cassette, a lyric folder, a Pushead print, 6 buttons anda 108 page book. While the collection is a bit on the pricey side (to be fair, look how much you get...), it's a great Metallica collectable, if you're willing to fork over the dough.
Get it here.
Quite possibly one of the most ultimate collectables would have to be band created beer, such as the Trooper Beer by Iron Maiden. Whether you drink 'em all or keep them in a glass case which nobody is ever allowed to touch, they're a pretty excellent gift for any Maiden lovers out there.
FInd your nearest stockist here.
If you like your coffee as black as your metal, you need to get your hands on a bag of Behemoth's coffee. The black metal juggernauts have created their very own branded coffee, and given how much passion they put into each project they take on, you can bet this coffee will be as quality as their music. Or just keep it as a keepsake, the world is your oyster.
Get it here.
The Abbath bobblehead is quite possibly the peak in excellent metalhead gifts. Constantly headbanging with every movement, minus the sore neck and bangover the next day, it's a funny gift and a perfect addition to any metal lovers bookcase or mantle piece.
Get it here - these things sell out quickly so make sure you run faster than Abbath sprinting down a hill at a music festival (but don't fall over like he did).