August Burns Red takes on Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic

Every holiday season, August Burns Red— JB Brubaker (lead guitar), Brent Rambler (rhythm guitar), Matt Greiner (drums), Jake Luhrs (lead vocals) and Dustin Davidson (bass)—celebrates the most wonderful time of the year by offering up metallic takes on Christmas classics. This year, the band is taking on pop icon Mariah Carey.

The Lancaster, Pennsylvania, quintet has delivered an instrumental rendition of a modern holiday smash—Mariah Carey’s beloved “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The track is available at all DSPs here.

“This year, we decided to take a crack at the legendary Mariah Carey song ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Brubaker said. “This turned out to be one of the most fun holidays songs we’ve ever done and a real head spinner for me on the guitar leads. I’m proud of how it came out and think it will be a staple for people looking for a little more metal in their holiday playlists.”

ABR also has revealed the details of its annual “Christmas Burns Red” show. This year’s event is going online, due to the pandemic. The livestream event will take place at 8 p.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Tickets and merch bundles are available here.

ABR will play songs from its 2020-released album “Guardians” live for the first time. The show also will feature the biggest and most festive “Christmas Burns Red” stage setup ever. There will be a new line of merch, a VIP option and limited edition items.

“Doing an annual holiday show has been a long-standing tradition for ABR,” Brubaker said. “This will be our 15th consecutive year, and we didn’t want to let COVID-19 end the streak. While we are bummed we can’t play for everyone in person, we are doing everything we can to make sure that this year’s Christmas Burns Red is bigger and better than ever. This will be our first time playing a bunch of new songs off of ‘Guardians,’ and we are putting the finishing touches on our biggest stage production to date. We can’t wait to play for you again!”

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