August Burns Red and Nerdist have teamed up to premiere the band’s guitar playthrough cover of the The Legend of Zelda theme song. Watch + listen here.
The song will be available at all DSPs on Friday, January 11 (this link will be live at that time) and will appear on the Grammy-nominated band’s Phantom Sessions EP, out February 8 via Fearless Records.
“For the cover, I wanted to do a mash-up of not only the original theme, but other pieces from the game as well, and since the dungeon theme flirts with the diminished scale, it just made sense to put it into a metal cover,” bassist Dustin Davidson, who conceived and executed the guitar playthrough, explained. “It was a lot of fun to write and record and I look forward to playing it on future tours!”
“Out of all of the games that I played growing up, I easily logged the most time into Zelda,” he shared about his history with the iconic game. “My brother and I would come home from school, race to finish our homework, and fight over who got to play. But the thing was — we didn’t just have to fight each other — our mom was also in on the battle. My mom introduced us to Zeldaon the original Nintendo, but the first game that I remember playing and really enjoying was A Link to the Past on SNES. Our love for the game only grew over the years and I’ll never forget the three of us watching and playing Ocarina of Time together on N64. Fast forward 20 years from Ocarina of Time‘s release date to today, and you’ll find permanent ink not only on my skin, but on my brother’s as well. The series played a big role in our upbringing and we both got tattoos showcasing our love for a game that the three of us bonded over.”
The band will also headline “The Dangerous Tour,” presented by Sound Rink, alongside Fit For a King, Miss May I, and Crystal Lake. The Winter 2019 headline tour kicks off January 24 in Lexington, Kentucky and runs through March 2 in Poughkeepsie, New York. The trek includes several dates in Canada. All dates are below.
THE PHANTOM SESSIONS EP TRACK LISTING:
“The Legend of Zelda”
“The Frost” (Midi Version)
AUGUST BURNS RED ON TOUR: WITH FIT FOR A KING, MISS MAY I, + CRYSTAL LAKE