Avatar Drop Crushing Christmas Metal Track, Release Children’s Book About the Brutal Lives of Santa’s Elves

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There are few bands who can pull of a truly hardcore Christmas metal track, but Sweden’s Avatar are definitely one of them. The circus-metal act make music that at any moment swings from rousing and jolly to crushing and apocalyptic. Now, the band have revealed their new Christmas song, “Construction of Souls” — and it is not the kind of song one would sing at a church function.

“This song will be to Christmas songs what Die Hard is to Christmas movies,” says the band. “It wasn’t intended to be that, but ultimately, it makes a lot of sense. It’s about us — meaning the robots taking over the great human project of our ancestors, building our way out of the planet on sandy soils, saturated with the withering bones of our ancestors.”

Not only is “Construction of Souls” a dark and twisted look at Christmas, the band have also released an insane stocking stuffer to go with it: a children’s book which depicts the brutal everyday life of the elves in Santa’s workshop. In classic Avatar fashion, it looks somewhere between hilarious and totally soul-crushing.

The children’s book is already available for preorder. Meanwhile, check out “Construction of Souls” below:

And take a look at the insane single art:

And make sure to catch the band at one of the following dates next year:

Rescheduled North American tour dates:

1/18 — Nashville, TN — Brooklyn Bowl
1/19 — Columbus, OH — Express Live
1/20 – Milwaukee, WI — Eagles Club Stage
1/22 — ShipRocked 2022
1/28 — Grand Junction, CO — Mesa Theater
1/29 — Billing, MT — Pub Station
1/30 — Spokane, WA — Knitting Factory
1/31 — Seattle, WA — Neptune Theatre
2/1 — Portland, OR — Roseland Theater
2/2 — Garden City, IA — Revolution Concert House

2022 European Dates:
1/8 — Nottingham, UK — Rock City
1/9 — Manchester, UK — Academy
1/10 — Glasgow, UK — SWG3
1/12 — Wolverhampton, UK — KK’s Steelmill
1/13 — Bristol, UK — Marble Factory
1/14 — Southampton, UK — 1865
1/15 — London, UK — 02 Forum Kentish Town
2/12 — Paris, FR — L’Olympia
2/14 — Brussels, BE — Ancienne Belgique (A.B.)
2/15 — Karlsruhe, DE — Substage
2/16 — Lyon, FR — Le Transbordeur
2/17 — Barcelona, ES — Razzmatazz 1 & 2
2/18 — Madrid, ES — Kapital
2/19 — Lisbon, PT — LAV
2/21 — Bordeaux, FR — Le Rocher Palmer
2/22 — Geneva, CH — Alhambra
2/23 — Zurich, CH — Komplex
2/24 — Vienna, AT — Simm City
2/25 — Brno, CZ — Sono Centrum
2/26 — Munich, DE — Freiheitshalle
2/27 — Leipzig, DE — Hellraiser
2/28 — Warsaw, PL — Proxima
3/1 — Berlin, DE — Columbia Theater
3/2 — Hamburg, DE — Gruenspan
3/3 — Cologne, DE — Essigfabrik
3/4 — Tilburg, NL — 013
3/10 — Göteborg, SE — Trädgår’n
3/11 — Stockholm, SE — Fållan
3/12 — Malmö, SE — Slagthuset
6/24 — Cartagena, ES — Rock Imperium Festival
6/26 — Clisson, FR — Hellfest 2022

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Words by Chris Krovatin

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