Rock in the New Year with a Themed Metal Band Playlist

From the United States to Europe, "themed" Heavy Metal bands are ready to blow any fancy fête out of the water.

I'm not one of those people who likes to scream "good riddance" to the year about to come to a close (I had a pretty nice 2018, thank you), but I also know when it's time to ring in the New Year, there's no looking back.

That means, it's party time, and a good party needs a worthy and weird soundtrack far away from twerking, cutesy hip-hop/pop. You need to bang your head a little with some metal bands. Here's a few choices to try out, depending on your party theme:

Metalachi: "Hot for Teacher"

Metalachi is "The World's First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band," and they have built themselves up a pretty solid following. Hailing from "Juarez, Mexico via Hollywood, California" they cover a wide range of rock with traditional mariachi flair...and fans love it! They have even made an appearance on "America's Got Talent." One cover getting a lot of attention right now is their "Bohemian Rhapsody," but their Van Halen cover is a perfect party hit.

Alestorm: "Keelhauled"

Scottish band Alestorm created the genre of "Pirate Metal," and they have been hoisting their heavy metal sails since at least 2004. Here's one from around ten years ago, but they're still touring today, bringing in plenty booty.

Mac Sabbath: "Pair of Buns"

This Los Angeles parody heavy metal tribute band brings together some American favorites: McDonald's and metal. With band members' adopting personas like Ronald Osbourne, Slayer MacCheeze, Grimalice, and the Catburglar, what's not to love? In their "Paranoid" tribute, "Pair of Buns," they take the burger wars to the next level.

Apocalypse Orchestra: "The Garden Of Earthly Delights"

Why party like it's 1999 when you can party like "The End is Nigh?" Seriously, what is it about Swedish metal bands that make American and British metal bands look like a bunch of kids singing Back Street Boys covers? Plus, in true epic form, this number is a good eight-minutes long. Fire up the incense.

Wind Rose: "To Erebor"

Saving one of the most epic fandoms for last is the Tolkien-style Dwarf, folk metal band from Italy: Wind Rose. What makes headbanging more cool for Lord of the Rings fans than a song about heading to the Lonely Mountain from their newest album Stonehymn? How about including a battle cry in the Dwarf language? Khazâd!!!

These guys will have Ringers rockin' enough to reignite the Mines of Moira.