Merry Christmas (of Steel!)

As regular readers of this blog know, I’m a huge fan of the heavy metal band Manowar.[1] Their music is incredibly powerful and is a constant source of energy and inspiration for me in many ways in my personal and professional life. I try not to let too much of this personal passion bleed over into this largely-technical blog, but in the spirit of the Christmas holidays, this time I could not resist.

Christmas holidays? Manowar? What am I talking about?

That’s right – Manowar has released their first ever Christmas carol! They just made available both English and German versions of Silent Night for free download as part of a promotion with[2]. Please take a moment from your busy day and download one or both versions and see how Eric Adams’ amazing voice delivers this classic Christmas song, and understand at least a little of how Manowar’s music inspires me every day.

Merry Christmas!!

[1] You can find their official website at, but it’s not always work safe, and violates most UI and design guidelines known to man, so browse at your own risk.
[2] If you click on the link you’ll see that the promotion is for the latest Manowar DVD, filmed at the Magic Circle Festival in Bad Arolsen, Germany this July. You should also definitely pick up the DVD as well, both to enjoy the music and to see if you can spot your favorite SSIS blogger on stage and in the front row. 😉


About ssimagine

My name is Matthew Roche, and I am a Senior Program Manager with the SQL Server product group at Microsoft. I work on Master Data Services and Data Quality Services, and have previously worked on SQL Server Integration Services. Although I work for Microsoft and will be posting on technical topics, I want to stress that this is a personal blog, and any opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. I built my career around SQL Server and Microsoft technologies for well over a decade before I joined Microsoft as an employee, and I plan on using this blog to share my personal experience and opinions. They may well be shaped by my experience on the SQL Server team, but they’re still mine, and not that of Microsoft, disclaimer, disclaimer, etc., etc..
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2 Responses to Merry Christmas (of Steel!)

  1. Diane and I are sitting here in the darkened living room with the pugs. The lights on the tree are shining, there are candles burning in the fireplace (don’t ask) and we’re listening to MOW on my laptop.Thanks for the link — I think I know what you like about them, now.

  2. Very cool, Dick!I’d like to take this opportunity to point out that Manowar sells DRM-free MP3s of all of their music on their own online store: If you liked “Silent Night” you’re sure to love “Heart of Steel,” “Kingdom Come” and “Kill with Power.” They have the same powerful vocals just with a lot more volume. And killing. 😉

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