As we enter the holiday season with another Christmas approaching, two things are bound to happen. First off, Canadian sweetheart Michael Bublé will have a handful of his songs – both his originals and his covers – appearing across the airwaves of commercial radio stations (usually those played in shopping malls and stores such as Myer and the like) in a near omnipresent fashion. And secondly, August Burns Red will take a classic Christmas tune and give it the metal treatment, cracking into a market that has very few others bands from alternative or heavy backgrounds, save for Christopher Lee (God rest his soul) and Bad Religion, striving to get into it.
Well, in any case, I’ve already started hearing The Bubés being played on commercial radio stations in my travels over the past week, and now the second half of that previous statement is true with August Burns Red’s latest instrumental song, ‘What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)‘. ‘What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)‘ was a Christmas carol whose lyrics were originally written by an English fellow, William Chatterton Dix, way back in 1865, with the ‘Greensleeves’ part of the carol being a traditional English folk piece. Oh, and apparently, the carol is most popular in the United States, despite being born out of 19th century England. The more you know!
Now, as far as this instrumental track goes, it’s good stuff, and save for the horns and pretty cheesy melody, this could’ve easily been an instrumental section from their last record, ‘Found In Far Away Places‘, which is a terrific album to be perfectly honest with you.
The quintet also released a “hilarious” video (that’s sarcasm) in light of the song’s release, which you can see below alongside a full stream of ‘What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)‘.