August Burns Red kicked off their fall headlining tour this past weekend. Check out their set list from opening night below after the jump.
August Burns Red, blessthefall, Defeater Announce Fall Tour
Attila’s new album, About That Life, managed to chart in the Billboard 200 this week with nearly 14,000 sales. August Burns Red charted in the ten spot with over 24,000 copies of Rescue & Restore. Check out a report with sales figures from Billboard below.
Metalcore has firmly established itself as a genre in which progression goes to die: a musical fortress built by artistic limitations, ruled by cookie-cutter kings. Its breakdowns and mosh calls cater to its own niche of fans, each waiting with baited breath for the next flavor of the week, none with any regard for those striving to break the mold. Many will follow, each hoping for their own piece of the pie, while few achieve any sort of longevity. For most, those fifteen minutes of fame are more than enough to satisfy their aspirations.
August Burns Red is the exception, not the rule.
On their fifth full-length release, Rescue & Restore, the Pennsylvania-based quintet once again challenge themselves in new, exciting, and unthinkable ways: a supreme feat considering their back catalogue. “Provision,” the album’s lead number, is a sonic jab to the throat, a prototypical album opener from the veterans. Frontman Jake Luhrs sounds more focus and sturdier than ever, his trademark growls taking center stage from the opening bell. “Treatment,” the disc’s second cut, carries with it a kinetic energy (a theme throughout the bulk of Rescue & Restore), trading the paint-by-numbers blueprint of its predecessor for a more frantic, scattershot approach.
Where 2011’s Leveler showcased the five-piece stretching its tried and tested formula further than ever before, Rescue & Restore finds August Burns Red changing the game again. “Spirit Breaker” is an emotional, lyrically proficient cut highlighted by a beautiful spoken-word section, while “Count It All Last” and “Sincerity” deliver a series of pulsating breakdowns without ever feeling forced or tiresome. “Creative Captivity,” the album’s sixth track, is a predominantly instrumental number, a near-five minute technical achievement.