With Christmas coming up, here’s an album I would like to recommend if you love hard rock or heavy metal.
It is by August Burns Red. i especially love their rendition of Carol Of The Bells, and I also found Jingle Bells to be “rather soothing”.
This is what Amazon has to say about the album:
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 August Burns Red 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 August Burns Red 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.
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.