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Leveler Box set

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Survival Kit in white metal box contains deluxe edition of CD, extended booklet, two fold out posters, circle fan sticker, mini pencil, survivor's journal, flashlight/compass, band-aids in plastic case and credit card multi-purpose Tool. 2011 release from the Christian Metalcore band. When it came time to record their fourth full length album, ABR could have played it safe, could have simply cashed in on their previous success by making Constellations II. Instead, after eight years and a quarter of a million albums sold, August Burns Red scrapped the old game plan and followed their sound where it led them. The direction, as it turns out, was both forward and backward. On Leveler, the band recaptured the hungry, ferocious heaviness of their earlier albums, and at the same time bravely indulged some of the more creative impulses they had previously stifled. The breathtaking result is nothing short of a game-changer.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Empire
  2. Internal Cannon
  3. Divisions
  4. Cutting the Ties
  5. Pangea
  6. Carpe Diem
  7. 40 Nights
  8. Salt & Light
  9. Poor Millionaire
  10. 1/16/2011
  11. Boys of Fall
  12. Leveler
  13. Internal Cannon (Acoustic) (Bonus)
  14. Pangea (Performed by Bells)(Bonus)
  15. Boys of Fall (Performed by Zachery Veilleux) (Bonus)
  16. Empire (Midi)(Bonus)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Solid State
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Kohler on June 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
There's something special about August Burns Red (ABR). Thrill Seeker introduced it, Messengers proved it wasn't an anomaly, Constellations hinted at even more and Leveler showcases it for everyone to hear. Their fourth full-length proves that ABR still have room for expansive, heartfelt innovation and creativity. Leveler doesn't reinvent the wheel - there are no auto-tuned lead vocals or emo ballads or anything vastly different from the abrasive metalcore of the past three albums. But there is a palatable sense of maturity and growth in the songwriting as well as the overall sound of Leveler.

Constellations hinted at the maturity and growth in songs like `Marianas Trench,' `White Washed,' `Indonesia,' and `Meridian.' They weren't vastly different but they were different - a good thing. You still had the relentless fervor of past albums in songs like `Rationalist,' `Thirty and Seven,' and `Existence' on Constellations - also a good thing. But there were more obvious variations in song writing than ever before.

Leveler takes the variation and growth to a new level. `Empire' starts the album off with the familiar onslaught of constant force before it dissolves into a beautiful change of pace that peaks with (GASP!) actual singing (it's just gang vocals singing `ohh, ohhh, oohhhh') before delving back into an onslaught that mirrors the start of the song. It could be the best song the band has written. It is (personally) the most moving song they've written. `Internal Cannon' has a different kind of breakdown than what we are used to. `Divisions' kills it like you would expect. `Cutting Ties' opens with one of the coolest riffs I've heard from the band and sounds like it could have been on Constellations. And that's just the first four songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Rosenbluth on June 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
First of all and most importantly, this is a really good album, with tons of excellent ideas! Most of these ideas work incredibly and make August Burns Red so much better than all their solid state peers. The technicality on this release is unparalleled by other ABR releases and every member of the band had to step their games up to pull off these songs. Everything you know and love about ABR is still here, just amped up a little and more experimental with riffs. They use many major keys and major scales to sound different than most metalcore bands. The sound is a band going against the grain, but staying true to their roots. Now the detractors for this album for me, are a couple of things. The vocals are everything you've already heard from ABR, and I know it sounds lame, but they need to sing sometimes!!! Some of these songs already sound happy because of the major keys. They are screaming for a counter melody and the hardcore approach, while awesome, is getting dated. The second is that they should really try to slow down a little, and let their amazing chops speak for themselves. Constellations was great because the band wasn't afraid to be a little simpler, so songs were more memorable. These songs dazzle and amaze, but can be so complicated that one needs several listens to be able to retain the song. These are small complaints and don't make Leveler any less levelling. August Burns Red have hit a solid stride, and Leveler is an excellent entry in their growing super discography.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Jenson on June 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Pre-ordered this album through ABR's vendor, with the added bonus of an album specific T-shirt. To my surprise, I received it a day before the actual release date. Right off the bat I could tell that ABR has been busy trying new things and looking for tweaks to enhance their sound. Of particular note, they've gone away from multiple breakdowns per song and have worked with adding slower, melodic passages to contrast with the inevitable sledgehammer of sound that will again hit you in the chops to finish off the song. Don't worry, there are still some breakdowns but they are much more satisfying in fewer numbers, trust me. The depth and breadth of ABR's sound is ever-expanding on this album. Jake is using more range all while still screaming and growling with his usual passion and conviction. Guitars and drums have all been jacked up a notch for this new album... faster, louder, more complex -- all better than ever before. This album demonstrates a more intentional and mature level of songwriting and you can tell. Songs like Internal Cannon and Poor Millionaire are prime examples of their willingness to up the ante and maybe even experiment a little with new styles. Leveler will assuredly be a great chapter in the careers of these guys and will likely get to 100k copies sold. Whether you are a new fan or an old die-hard, this album will impress. Sampling the tracks will NOT give you a good idea of the awesomeness within, you just need to buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. M. Ermine on June 24, 2011
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Obviously, it's ABR, so the music is great.

I'm writing to mention some things about the vinyl edition. It is 2 LPs and the LPs are clear. A nice sturdy card with a digital download card is included with the vinyl edition. There is also a glossy lyric insert. The gatefold is a very nice exhibition of the album art.

If you have a turntable, pay a bit more for the vinyl edition - it's a great set all around.
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