Heavy metal Christmas jumpers: A festive fashion trend for 2013?

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For the past couple of years, come October high street shops fill up with Christmas jumpers the likes of which haven’t been seen since your granny knitted that hideous Rudolph effort for you when you were a nipper.

These winter-themed sweaters – usually with reindeer, snow crystals or gift-wrapped parcel designs – have been endorsed by everyone from Taylor Swift to Snoop Dogg.

So how do you stand out from your woolly-clad friends this year? Answer: get in on the heavy metal Christmas jumper action.

Queens of the Stone Age have launched their NSFW take on the trend this year, a burgundy and white sweatshirt with two pairs of reindeer having a festive romp. It’s available from the band’s Reckords Reckords label shop for the price of $34.99 (about £22).

Queens of the Stone Age Christmas jumper

However, Josh Homme and co are far from the first rock band to go down the festive merchandise route. Indeed, the onslaught of axe-wielders swapping leather for wool led Metal Injection to announce that the trend has already jumped the shark.

If you’ve yet to bear witness to this unlikely fashion meme, here are some of the best examples…

Last year Slayer kick-started the trend with this amusing interpretation…

Slayer Christmas jumper

But then a whole host of metal bands got in on the act. There was this demure Motorhead version…

Motorhead Christmas jumper

Then Metallica, perhaps in anticipation of their chilly Antarctic gig, got in on the act…

Metallica Christmas jumper

Sensing an opportunity, Victory Records have produced a whole range for the bands on their roster…

Victory Records Christmas jumpers

What do you think of the heavy metal Christmas jumpers? Passing fad or genius clobber?

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Nick is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor, covering music, pop culture and comedy.

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