August Burns Red
Company: Solid State
Reviewer: Eric Compton
It’s hard to find a more abrasive band than August Burns Red. ‘Leveler’, the PA act’s fourth to date, is another punishing display of brutal breakdowns and abstract riffs. The band chose Jason Suecof (Death Angel, Whitechapel) to produce again, a wise choice for this polished delivery that helps mollify a band that could easily go berserk. Like fellow genre staples Suicide Silence and Bring Me the Horizon, August Burns Red burkes any attempt for clean passages in favor of a hardcore stance that hasn’t changed much over the course of their career. The breakdowns are everywhere, groovy wash-machine riffs placed on heavy load for a full cycle. I love this stuff for a few songs but the habiliments of a metalcore band in 2011 still leaves plenty of room for innovation and diversity, two traits you won’t find here.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.