In keeping with their annual tradition of re-imagining classic Christmas songs such as ‘Carol of the Bells’ and ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel,’ metal juggernauts August Burns Red have released a cover of holiday favorite ‘Little Drummer Boy’ – available to purchase now on iTunes and streaming on the band’s Facebook page.
“With ‘Little Drummer Boy’ I wanted to do something really different from any previous August Burns Red songs,” explains guitarist JB Brubaker. “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.”