Lancaster-based, Grammy-nominated band August Burns Red have remained busy over the past several months — releasing a number of previously unreleased tracks including a cover of System Of A Down‘s “Chop Suey!” and a metal rendition of the theme song of HBO’s Westworld.
August Burns Red have now revealed these tracks will appear on the band’s EP, ‘Guardians Sessions’. The six-track EP will feature B-sides, covers, and reimagined track that were all recorded during the sessions for their 2020 album ‘Guardians’.
Additionally, the band have now shared a new track titled “Icarus”, which features a clean vocal feature from bassist Dustin Davidson.
“‘Icarus’ was a b-side from Guardians because it just didn’t fit the vibe of the album. I’m happy that our fans can hear it now because it’s riffy and super fun to play on guitar. It’s the first ABR song that I’ve sang on, and for fans of my side project, Best Case Scenario, I think you’ll hear the influence sprinkled throughout this one.”
— Dustin Davidson (bassist)
Commenting on the upcoming EP, guitarist JB Brubaker said-
“The Guardians Sessions EP was put together on the foundation of two songs: ‘Standing in the Storm’ and ‘Icarus. Those songs were recorded in September of 2019, when we were finishing up our album Guardians. Both tracks got cut from the record, as we had too much material and they were the black sheep of the group. When all touring was shut down in March of 2020, we began working on a couple of cover songs and re-imagined versions of some songs from Guardians. Those songs were recorded in the summer of 2020. We wanted to be productive with our downtime and work on a project that would be fun for both us and our fans.”
‘Guardians Sessions’ arrives April 16th via Fearless Records. Stream “Icarus” now below.
‘Guardians Sessions’ Track List:
1. Standing in the Storm
3. Chop Suey!
5. Paramount (Reprise)
6. Extinct by Instinct (Reprise)