August Burns Red have been helping fans get through the pandemic with a steady stream of new music, including original songs and eclectic covers. Now, the Pennsylvanian metalcore stalwarts have announced plans to collect those cuts as the Guardians Sessions EP. Due out April 16th via Fearless Records, the record also includes the previously unreleased B-side "Icarus," which finds bassist Dustin Davidson taking on clean vocals. Blast it above.
"'Icarus' was a B-side from Guardians because it just didn't fit the vibe of the album," Davidson commented, referencing ABR's latest full-length. "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."
Guitarist JB Brubaker added, "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 track listing:
"Standing in the Storm"
"Chop Suey!" (System of a Down cover)
"Westworld" (Ramin Djawadi cover)
"Extinct by Instinct (Reprise)"