August Burns Red Releasing Headbanging Christmas Album

08/08/2012
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As August Burns Red get ready to kick off their North American headlining tour on August 31st, the band is already looking ahead towards Christmas with the news that they will release their new Christmas album, Sleddin' Hill, A Holiday Album, on October 9th.

Their camp sent out these details: The 13-track release features not only fresh takes on classics such as "Jingle Bells," "Winter Wonderland" and even "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," but also original compositions that are destined to become future headbanging holiday favorites. The album also compiles remixed and remastered versions of the band's previous holiday hits, like "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Little Drummer Boy." Rounding out the collection is an updated version of the band's rendition of "Carol of the Bells," heard in Frank Miller's (300, Sin City) movie The Spirit and Seth MacFarlane's (Family Guy) American Dad.

"The idea of doing a full Christmas album has been floating around in the ABR camp for a few years now, but what always held us back was finding the time and energy to write an additional full-length in between touring and writing our regular records," explains guitarist and principle songwriter JB Brubaker. "After finishing [2011's] Leveler I finally felt inspired enough to tackle the Christmas album idea."

After working with some of the biggest producers in the genre, the band chose to come home and work at Lancaster's Atrium Audio with longtime friends Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland on Sleddin' Hill, which finds ABR at its most ambitious and creative. It's a work that enhances the guitar and drum mastery August Burns Red are known for by adding unexpected elements such as banjo, violin, cello, piano and even horns. "Because this was such a different type of album, I was able to get a little more wild with my influences," confesses Brubaker. "There's a section inspired by one of my favorite bands, Beirut. There's also guitar solo that is an ode to Blue Album-era Weezer, and my punk roots are evident all over the album."

"Writing metal versions of Christmas songs has always been a challenge for me because the songs are driven by simple vocal melodies with the only variety in the lyrics. We decided to take the songs and go the instrumental route - the main melodies are there, but this record has a lot more to it then that," he adds. "The songs have sections of music that flow in and out of the classic melodies we've all come to recognize. There is a lot of substance in these songs- more than you'd find in your typical cover."

On whether Sleddin' Hill is destined to become a novelty album or a key part of the band's discography, Brubaker has the final word: "To some, the concept of a metal Christmas album may come off as silly and a waste of time, but I think this record has plenty of original ABR substance to interest even the biggest Scrooges out there."

Track listing for August Burns Red presents: Sleddin' Hill, A Holiday Album:

01. Flurries
02. Frosty the Snowman
03. Sleigh Ride
04. God Rest Ye' Merry Gentlemen
05. Jingle Bells
06. Oh Holy Night
07. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
08. Sleddin' Hill
09. Little Drummer Boy
10. Winter Wonderland
11. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
12. Carol of the Bells (2012)
13. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Upcoming Tour Dates:
With OF MICE & MEN,
THE COLOR MORALE
and THE OVERSEER :

8/31 Silver Spring MD @ Fillmore
9/1 Providence RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
9/2 Poughkeepsie NY @ The Chance
9/3 Syracuse NY @ Lost Horizon
9/4 Buffalo NY @ Town Ballroom
9/5 Columbus OH @
Newport Music Hall
9/6 Grand Rapids MI @ Orbit Room
9/7 London ON @
London Music Hall
9/8 Quebec City QC @
Parc de l'Îlot Fleurie
9/10 Pittsburgh PA @ Altar Bar
9/11 Pittsburgh PA @ Altar Bar
9/12 Bloomington IL @ Castle Theater
9/13 Milwaukee WI @ The Rave
9/14 Des Moines IA @ People's Court
9/15 Chicago IL @ RIOT FEST
9/16 Omaha NE @ Sokol Auditorium
9/17 Denver CO @
Summit Music Hall
9/19 Chico CA @ Senator Theater
920 Reno NC @ Knitting Factory
9/21 Bakersfield CA @ The Dome
9/22 Anaheim CA @ House of Blues
9/23 Tempe AZ @ Marquee Theater
9/24 Farmington NM @ Top Deck
9/26 Odessa TX @ Dos Amigos
9/27 Tulsa OK @ Cain's Ballroom
9/28 Springfield MO @
Remington's Downtown
9/29 St Louis MO @ Pop's
9/30 Louisville KY @ Expo Five
10/2 Asheville NC @
The Orange Peel
10/3 Knoxville TN @ Valarium
10/4 Raleigh NC @ Lincoln Theater
10/5 Norfolk VA @ Norva
10/6 Huntington NY @
Paramount Theater

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING DATES:

10/18 Nottingham UK @ Rock City
10/19 Glasgow UK @ Garage
10/20 Wolverhampton UK @
Wulfrun Hall
10/21 Manchester UK @ HMV Ritz
10/22 Bristol UK @ Academy 1
10/23 London UK @ Electric Ballroom
10/26 Cologne DE @ Luxor
10/27 Eindhoven NL @ Effenaar
10/28 Brussels BE @ AB
10/30 Hamburg DE @ Markethalle
11/1 Arhus DK @ VoxHall
11/2 Goteborg SE @ Brewhouse
11/3 Oslo NO @ Fabrikken
11/5 Stockholm SE @ Klubben
11/6 Malmo SE @ KB
11/7 Copenhagen DK @ Pumphuset
11/8 Berlin DE @ C Club
11/9 Chemnitz DE @ Suedbahnhof
11/10 Warsaw PL @ Progresja
11/11 Krakow PL @ Fabryka
11/13 Frankfurt DE @ Batschkapp
11/14 Munich DE @ Backstage Halle

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