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August Burns Red

Sleddin' Hill: A Holiday Album

Solid State 78543

Released on October 9, 2012

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August Burns Red will release August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin’ Hill, A Holiday Album on October 9th! 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 ?oating around in the August Burns Red camp for a few years now, but what always held us back was ?nding 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 ?nishing [2011’s] Leveler I ?nally 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 ?nds 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. “Because this was such a different type of album, I was able to get a little more wild with my in?uences,” 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 ?ow 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 ?nd 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 ?nal 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 August Burns Red substance to interest even the biggest Scrooges out there.”

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2 Frosty The Snowman  0%
3 Sleigh Ride  0%
4 God Rest Ye' Merry Gentlemen  0%
5 Jingle Bells  0%
6 Oh Holy Night  0%
7 Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer  0%
8 Sleddin' Hill  0%
9 Little Drummer Boy  0%
10 Winter Wonderland  0%
11 O Come, O Come Emmanuel  0%
12 Carol Of The Bells (2012)  0%
13 We Wish You A Merry Christmas  0%
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Chris from Novato, CA 
Oct 18 2012 Rating: 4/5 Stars

If i were to describe this album in one word i would say "fun". I was surprised that it's (mostly) instrumental. Excellent guitar work and cool takes on the songs without making it too over-the-top cheesy. This should please fans of ABR unless you absolutely hate Christmas music. I'm sure i will be listening to less of this come Christmas time, because i get sick of hearing it everywhere i go. That's besides the point.

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