August Burns Red - Constellations

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Christian, Metalcore
Solid State Records
August Burns Red
Constellations
August Burns Red - Constellations Review rating:
4.5
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Let's face it, if at this point you're still unaware of metalcore powerhouse that is August Burns Red, you've been living under a rock. With a resume of consistent releases of some of most prominent, genre defining albums in the metalcore scene, they are hard to miss. Aiming for the stars once again, the band find themselves set to release their third full-length effort, appropriately titled Constellations. To say the anticipation for this release was immense is an understatement. Though, with ease, August Burns Red has proved yet again why they are at the top of their genre as, at this point, crafting such masterpieces comes as easy as taking a breath.

Constellations, while being a great continuance of the signature August Burns Red sound so many have come to love, stands as the band's most versatile releases to date. Staying true to that sound, the band have implemented most familiar aspects of their sound, and has done us one better by drastically improving on them. The breakdowns are far more varied and more complex than previously seen, and Jake Luhrs' signature growl is just as aggressive and prominent as ever. Guitar work on Constellations is without a doubt the most pronounced improvement. From the playful yet mesmerizing tapping displayed on “Ocean Of Apathy” to the full-on captivating solo framed within the confides of “Meddler,” it's clear that the band sought to bound together each song structure with guitar work that was not only aurally appetizing, but demonstrates the sheer talent of JB Brubaker and Brent Rambler.

August Burns Red further displays their almost unnatural mastery of building suspense in a track with the lone 'interlude,' “Meridian,” which, with it's constant build-ups, is sure to leave the listener on the edge of their seat until the track finally peaks with Jake taking the helm until the final bars fade.

As the album draws to a subtle end with “Crusades,” one is left with a sense of a new level of maturity from the band who has kept their sound familiar, but at the same time has progressed by leaps and bounds to avoid releasing the same album twice, which so many bands in their genre are guilty of. August Burns Red's Constellations stands as one of the strongest metalcore releases this year. Though the band is still relatively young (circa 2003), they are setting the gold standard for metalcore, release after chaotic release. Watch out, this year is going to be red.

1. Thirty And Seven
2. Existence
3. Ocean Of Apathy
4. White Washed
5. Marianas Trench
6. The Escape Artist
7. Indonesia
8. Paradox
9. Meridian
10. Rationalist
11. Meddler

August Burns Red is a metalcore band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US.

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