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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.
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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
  • ASIN: B004ZLBUOU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Best August Burns Red record to date I think. Really well done. In particular I'm pleased with the deluxe edition which contains 4 additions tracks that add to the variety and creativity of the album. Definitely good!
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The first 12 songs make a great album that so far sounds as catchy, creative and heavy to me as Constellations. The last 4 songs are a really cool exhibition of what their song structure sounds like with different instruments and without the vocals.

I think that they have expanded slightly in their ability to change up the mood and pace of the songs. I like the abrupt changes from heavy to acoustic or just pace and mood changes in general. There is possibly more extreme changes and math metal type of songwriting than in the past.

The part of the album that really makes this a definite improvement is the last 4 songs that offer something that really draws your attention to their songwriting because there is no metal or vocals and you will probably hear that you love their songwriting style even without those elements. The electronic song that is last is great. I wish they could collaborate a little more in the future with more electronic parts in their regular songwriting as well and the piano sounds great too. Of course that would likely mean actually expanding the number of members in the band, but it would be great to hear that throughout more of all of their songs. So that is what I think the album has the most to offer because if they don't expand in this way themselves it may at least inspire other bands to break a little more out of the standard mold that most newer metal acts seem to restrict themselves to.
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