Hear August Burns Red Cover Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

It’s that time of year where it’s impossible to escape Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Adding to the slew of cover versions comes August Burns Red’s instrumental rendition of the holiday classic.

Their version takes the sentimental pop song and injects it with a heavy a dose of metal transforming it into something like you haven’t heard before.

“This year, we decided to take a crack at the legendary Mariah Carey song ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You,” says lead guitarist JB Brubaker. “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.”

Listen to the song below.

The band have also announced the details for their annual Christmas Burns Red show, which is going virtual this year. During the livestream, the band will play songs from their new album Guardians live for the first time. It will also feature a festive stage up to help you get into the holiday spirit. Tune into the stream Saturday, December 12th at 8PM ET / 5PM PT.

“Doing an annual holiday show has been a long-standing tradition for ABR,” says Brubaker. “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!”

Tickets for Christmas Burns Red 2020 are on sale now. Grab them here.

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Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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