August Burns Red has taken on the world of Metalcore within the past few years. This has generated faithful followers and they never continue to disappoint the fans at their shows (seriously, if you have the chance, see them live).
With their third full length release, August Burns Red changes their style by presenting more medley and less breakdowns. Don’t get me wrong the bone-crushing breakdowns are still there they are just accompanied by more melodic guitar work. Track by track review as follows:
1.) Thirty and Seven
Great intro song. Only song on here that sounds relatable to Messengers. Great breakdowns scattered throughout the song with great lyrics, “Erase the proof but your shame will remain” and “You’ve reached the summit now transcend the skies”. 10/10
Nice intro, great lyrics in this song. Great breakdown around 50 seconds. Epic sounding ending. Very positive lyrics, “You’re hurt, you’re broken, that’s all right. That’s what makes us who we are.” 10/10
3.) Ocean of Apathy
My least favorite song on the album. Still a good song but not much going on here. Nice epic ending much like the previous song. 8/10
4.) White Washed
Love the beginning to this song. Great breakdowns here and lyrics. A tight brutal song. 10/10
5.) Mariana ’s Trench
Nice beginning though it takes a while for the song to build. Nice little guitar solo after Jake screams, “We can’t swim under these conditions”. One gripe with this song, it fades out and completely kills the mood of the song. I understand this is a different technique to ending a song but with ABR having so much energy injected to their songs it just feels like it kills the song. Maybe that’s just me though. 9/10
6.) The Escape Artist
The first minute and a half of this song is just insane. One of the best breakdowns ever and brutal and tight. Amazing. The rest of the song is great but doesn’t match that same intensity. Awesome song still though. 10/10
Very passionate song. The only ABR song with clean vocals in it and still brutal. Great lyrics and great story behind the song. Matt the drummer was in church when he suddenly found the need to write the words “This plane’s going down in flames, and this time there’s no black box to capture your last words”. The next day Matt found out that a personal friend of his and also a missionary for Indonesia died in a plane crash. Clean parts are sung by Tommy Rogers from Between the Buried and Me. 10/10
Brutal song with solid breakdowns. Sounds very generic in the metalcore genre but still a solid song. Cool lyrics as well. 9/10
A pause in the album, mostly instrumental and very soothing. Nice guitar riff at the end. Very nicely done. 9/10
Great speedy brutal intro. Changes the pace of the album very quickly. Great breakdown and great lyrics, “You skeptic you. You believe in unbelief” at the end. Solid tight and fast. 10/10
Quite possibly one of the best ABR songs. Beautiful, melodic and brutal. Excellent lyrics and breakdowns here. The best lines are at the end with a beautiful sounding ending, “You won’t ever fly fast enough to make life stand still.” Great song, if you are downloading songs download this one first. You will not be disappointed. 11/10
Reminds me of “Redemption” from Messengers. Great first two minutes with one of the albums most brutal breakdowns. The rest of the song switches to melody over metal and its a nice finish to a great album.
Overall, this album can barely be compared to their other albums. Similar in some ways but drastically different in others. It’s a great album and if you haven’t jumped on the August Burns Red bandwagon, do it. It’s one of the most satisfying choices you’ll make. I can’t wait to see what’s next from these guys.