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Justice fighters with faces of fire!,
This review is from: Leveler (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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Initial post: Jun 21, 2011 5:04:49 PM PDT
Scott Rosenbluth says:
I agree with every facet of your review but didn't feel as if the whole product was as satisfying aurally to me as Constellations, but you are spot on about the musicianship being more technical! I would give this four stars, but I'm going to give it a few more listens before I say for sure.
Posted on Jun 22, 2011 6:54:26 AM PDT
Brandon J. Scarberry says:
I have to agree with Scott. While Leveler is still the same August Burns Red with intense passion coupled with unrivaled musicianship, Constellations absolutely blew me away the first time I heard it whereas Leveler leaves me with something to be desired. I haven't quite put my finger on it quite yet, but likewise, I'll be listening to this record over and over until it sticks. Great review and I agree with you 100% on the "...faster, louder, more complex" part. This album is most certainly that.
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