Every family has its holiday traditions, from the holy to the secular, the materialistic to the generous and everything in between. Screaming through the holiday season Century Media artists prepare for eating, drinking and making merry!
CRYPTOPSY's Flo Mounier: "Christmas is a time for family, friends, good food and drink. On Christmas Eve, we go to my wife’s parents house and I start drinking early in the day with my father-in-law. He's great that way. Then as the night goes on, my in-laws all start dancing to pop music until midnight when the hors d' oeuvres turn into dinner, tons of food. After that we open gifts, as this will be my son's first Christmas I'm really excited to see what he gets.
"On Christmas Day we go back to Montreal and my parents come over to our house. Again we sit down to an 8-course meal and exchange gifts afterwards. I try to be home for the holiday because I really believe in celebrating with my family. Merry Christmas!"
IMPALED's Ross Sewage: "Ah, the dead of winter... my favorite time of year! Well, first I join my family and we start the burning of the cruel log. It burns for eight magical days... or for however long we keep pouring the oil from a dead baby seal's fat onto it. Then we take the kids and get a photo of them sitting on Satan's lap at the Church of Satan in San Francisco. We all ask for the coming year to deliver revenge upon our enemies. One of my favorite moments is decorating the XXX-Mess tree with ornamental dongs, dildos, and effigies of Jenna Jameson. Finally we tuck the kids away, and by kids, I mean me. The next day I get up to receive the presents Satan brought for me because I've been naughty all year. YAY!! A new scalpel and bonesaw! For New Year's... I get drunk. Big surprise."
NAPALM DEATH's Shane Embury: "Just finishing up a few last minute things at the house here in Birmingham before I make the not-so-long 40 mile trip to Broseley, located in the county of Shropshire, England. It's where I was born and raised and where my family still lives. This I do without fail every X-mas unless of course I am touring, which we make a point not to (we are all quite traditional like that). The general plan will be to eat as much of my Mum's home cooking as possible, give and receive a few tasty gifts, drink a couple of beers with my Dad, pester my sister and walk the dog as much as I can (hopefully to burn off the mountains of roast potatoes I will be consuming over the next 2 weeks). Oh yeah, and play a shitload of 'Resident Evil 4' on the Gamecube.
"As for New Year's, it will be back to Birmingham for me. I'm off to my local pub, Scruffy Murphy's, to be joined by guys from BENEDICTION, ANAAL NATHRAKH and a few other crazed metalheads I know. With the new 24-hour drinking law that's just been passed, it could turn into a very entertaining night indeed... Wake up New Year's Day (I hope) and start work on songs for the new NAPALM DEATH album — I have four songs already — simple really! Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year."
NAPALM DEATH's Barney Greenway: "Christmas is the only time that I really have to relax, so even though I get more and more atheistic as the years go by, I still like to get into the groove with it. It seems the only time of year when (most) people bother to be cool to each other — pity they can't do it the whole year round, really. I usually go around my parents for a (fake) turkey dinner, watch my nieces enjoying themselves and then like to get around a few friends. So I spend most of X-mas driving in a car.
"In future, I'd like to be constructive and help out at the soup kitchens or the abandoned dogs shelter. I always say I'm going to do it every year, but then I just go ahead and sit on my arse. What a sellout, eh?"
NOCTURNAL RITES' Nils Eriksson: "I start off on December 23rd by drinking some spiked glue wine with some buddies. On Christmas Eve, I have lunch at my grandma's and later dinner at my parents' house. On Christmas day my brother and his family join up and we hand out our gifts. Later that night my friends and me usually get loaded. It is a tradition here in Sweden that people get really drunk the day after Christmas."