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August Burns Red
Leveler
Type: CD
Company: Solid State
Release: 2011
Genre: Metalcore/Hardcore
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 5/5/2011
Another punishing display of brutal breakdowns and abstract riffs
Itís hard to find a more abrasive band than August Burns Red. ĎLevelerí, the PA actís 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 hasnít 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 wonít find here.
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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.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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