August Burns Red - August Burns Red Presents Sleddin' Hill: A Holiday Album
STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 130459-19784 LABEL: Solid State 5099967854325 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2012-11-12 RRP: £8.99
Reviewed by Graeme Crawford
Christmas albums are becoming increasingly popular amongst Christian artists, however these are normally worship or pop artists. They are not so common among metal and hardcore acts. There may be a reason for this, which becomes apparent as you listen to this album. Eschewing vocals for all but 1 track, the sound is also quite different. The distortion is turned down and a more punk-style sound emerges from the speakers. The way the Christmas evergreens like "Oh Holy Night", "Little Drummer Boy" and, would you believe, "Frosty The Snowman" are arranged is quite interesting, especially with the guitar covering the vocal melody lines. However, I did find my attention waning and had to work hard at wading through the whole album in one sitting. I imagine the band having a lot of fun working the songs out and recording them, but I would suggest that most people will find this gathering dust in their collection, even within their Christmas albums.
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Solid State Records veterans August Burns Red have seen their share of success in the last several years. Not only have their last two records broken 20k scans first week each, but they headlined the Vans Warped Tour in 2011 as well, continuing their fight to the top in the metal scene. August Burns Red have crafted a unique and delicate form of metal that leaves the listener begging for more.
Their first Christmas song Carol Of The Bells was wildly popular, landing them film & TV slots on the film The Spirit and the FOX Television show American Dad. Drawing from the excitement of their re-arranged Christmas Carol, the ABR dudes are back and ferocious as ever with their first full-length Christmas record. Fans of ABR's music and Christmas music fans alike will be drawn in by the clever arrangements and catchy riffs that the guys shell out. August Burns Red is only going to get hotter this Christmas season!