Just like clockwork, every year, August Burns Red releases an instrumental Christmas song. Being a Christian metalcore band makes it a bit more than a cheesy cash-in and more of an homage from the heart, which I can certainly respect in some light. August Burns Red are among the better metalcore bands out there and their rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” (above) is probably better than whatever Christmas classics are playing on the radio this year, taking on a strong post-metal influence.

Guitarist JB Brubaker comments, “With ‘Little Drummer Boy’ I wanted to do something really different from any previous August Burns Red songs. The end result is pretty much our attempt at down-tuned post metal, which is something I’ve been a fan of for a long time now. The song was recorded in drop A, which is much lower than we usually play. Recording the track was a lot of fun as I was able to incorporate a bunch of new sounds and techniques ABR has never used before like slide guitar, ukulele, and acoustic guitar. The icing on the cake was having Magnus Lindberg mix the track. Lindberg has done all the Cult of Luna albums, and I’m a huge fan of theirs so I was so excited to have him mix the track.” Sweet.

Whenever you’re forced to hear “Feliz Navidad” for the thousandth time and want a change of soundscape, yet want to keep the Christmas spirit, you can throw on some heavier instrumentals of “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” and “Carol of the Bells.”

Listen to the latter two songs after the jump. “Little Drummer Boy” is now available on iTunes!

– JR



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