August Burns Red have made a name for themselves by being open to experimentation within the metalcore genre, and on its third album, the Lancaster, PA-based quintet continues to reach for new levels of technical prowess and musical sophistication without losing its brutal attack and apocalyptic, Christian-themed lyrics. Guitarists J.B. Brubaker and Brent Rambler combine stuttering machine-gun salvos and dizzying single-note runs and drummer Matt Greiner's thrilling stop-start rhythms often build momentum to the point of ecstatic hysteria. Stand-out track "Ocean of Apathy" employs layered rhythms that bring a subtle complexity to a deceptively simple and brutal song. Although some listeners may resist the stark good-versus-evil, Jesus-conquers-Satan imagery, few metal fans would argue that, on only its third go-round, an already mature band has taken another step forward.
Performance CreditsAugust Burns Red Primary Artist
Tommy Rogers Vocals
J.B. Brubaker Guitar,Group Member
Brent Rambler Guitar,Group Member
Jake Luhrs Vocals,Group Member
Dustin Davidson Bass,Vocals
Matt Greiner Drums
J. B. Brubaker Guitar
Technical CreditsBrandon Ebel Executive Producer
Ryan Clark Illustrations
Jason Suecof Producer
Kenny Gabor Management
August Burns Red Composer
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