August Burns Red have announced their new EP, Guardians Sessions, out April 16th via Fearless Records.
The EP collects previously unreleased tracks, like their cover of System of a Down’s “Chop Suey!” and their metal rendition of HBO Westworld’s theme song. The release also features B-sides, covers, and reimagined tracks that were recorded during the sessions for 2020 album Guardians. To preview the EP, August Burns Red have shared new song “Icarus” featuring cameo vocals from bassist Dustin Davidson.
“‘Icarus’ was a b-side from Guardians because it just didn’t fit the vibe of the album,” says Davidson. “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.”
Listen to the song below.
Talking about how the EP came about, JB Brubaker says “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 will be released digitally and on 10″ vinyl on April 16th. Pre-order and pre-save your copy here.
01. Standing In The Storm
03. Chop Suey!
05. Paramount (Reprise)
06. Extinct By Instinct (Reprise)