August Burns Red has announced that they will be releasing their Guardians Sessions EP on April 16th via Fearless Records. The EP consists of b-sides, covers and reimagined songs. Along with the announcement, the band released the song “Icarus“, which you can find below. The song features the band’s bassist Dustin Davidson handling the clean vocals. He offered the following regardin it:
“‘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.”
JB Brubaker the band’s guitarist 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 track listing:
01 – “Standing In The Storm”
02 – “Icarus”
03 – “Chop Suey!” (System Of A Down cover)
04 – “Westworld” (Ramin Djawadi cover)
05 – “Paramount (Reprise)”
06 – “Extinct By Instinct (Reprise)”
You can grab a pre-order here.