Rock veterans Bad Religion are giving traditional Christmas carols a punk makeover for a holiday album.

The bandmates have long joked about giving hardcore fans a shock with a Christmas project and now they have decided it's time to have a little festive fun.

Christmas Songs will be released in late October (13) and will feature eight seasonal standards, including White Christmas and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, while they will also add a remix of their sinister single American Jesus to the nine-song tracklist.

Bad Religion are the latest stars to unwrap plans for a holiday album - Trace Adkins, Mary J. Blige, Jewel, Kelly Clarkson and Erasure are also aiming high in the Christmas charts this winter (13).