Ah, Christmas, that one time a year where metalheads utter their annual mantra of, “Fuck you, Mariah Carey. Fuck. You.” While metal fans generally don’t mind Christmas — let’s be honest, it’s a repurposed pagan holiday where Odin brings you presents and you’re allowed to drink beer before noon — they do have a problem with Christmas music, which tends to be sappy, obnoxious, and played on constant repeat between November 1st and the middle of January. But can a metal fan truly love Christmas music — and if so, what about a fan of the most brutal, gore-soaked metal imaginable?
On this week’s episode of our heavy metal talk show Last Words, hosts hosts Jordan Olds (Two Minutes To Late Night), Katy Irizarry (Season Of Mist), and Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves/Ex Man Podcast) are joined by just such a metalhead — Trevor Strnad, vocalist for Michigan melodic death metal bon vivants the Black Dahlia Murder. Having recently discussed with us the specific Christmas songs he loves (and the one he fucking hates), and in anticipation of Black Dahlia’s holiday livestream extravaganza Yule ‘Em All, Trevor went head to head with the Last Words crew about what Christmas means to him.
“I like Christmas — I don’t really have anything festive going on here,” admits Trevor. “I kind of blew my Christmas load in Detroit when I was there with the band doing the Yule ‘Em All thing. But I like Christmas! I like Christmas music. I don’t really put it on myself, but when I encounter it, I’m down.”
We’re just happy someone uttered the phrase ‘blew my Christmas load’ on our talk show. Watch the latest episode of Last Words below:
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From all of us at The Pit, hail Santa.
Words by Chris Krovatin