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August Burns Red, Leveler

Just under two years ago Lancaster, Pennsylvania natives August Burns Red unleashed what many consider to be their best album, Constellations. Speaking as a huge fan of the record, I said many times they couldn’t top it. Constellations was nearly flawless from beginning to end, a fierce tirade through metalcore that defined the band’s career. Yet just last week, the band has released their fourth album, and Leveler seems to have surpassed the greatness that was (and still is) Constellations.  Continue reading

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Review: August Burns Red, “Constellations”

August Burns Red, Constellations

Two years after the stellar eardrum-shattering onslaught that was Messengers, Lancaster, Pennsylvania natives August Burns Red returns to the metal scene with a new and equally as brutal album entitled Constellations. From the opening track “Thirty And Seven” the band proves they are getting back to some of their raw roots in hardcore metal, but keeping the expert production that was seen on their sophomore effort. While on Messengers each track was a stand alone from each other, Constellations seems to much more of a cohesive effort, as many of the album’s songs tend to blend right into one another, allowing for a never-ending frenzy of metal, perfect to any fan’s ears.

Where the band really shines this time around is on songs like “Marianas Trench”, which begins slowly with a melodic intro and drums coming in to compliment them, with the solitude only to be destroyed by the coming breakdown as only August Burns Red can perform it. Merely a minute later into the song, the ferocity builds and the song nearly becomes a speed metal track with a brilliant solo to finish it off, adding a new element to a beloved band and proving that they can stretch themselves in ways no one saw coming. “The Escape Artist” follows, adding elements that are typical of the band we saw on Messengers, but the screams tend to be more vicious than previously heard, and it makes for more emotion in each and every track the band pounds out. The song ends with a soft piano outro, leading us right into the next song, giving no time to rest, which is the way I’m sure fans like it.

“Meridian” serves as the longest track on the album, and halfway through the six minute epic it seems like it will end up being an instrumental, but screams rip through the echoing guitars to give off a feeling that ABR was going for some serious points here, and they earned them by showing what music can do. Some may say that the song would have been better without vocals at all, but as a whole it works on all levels. It’s not the best track on the album, by far, but it serves as a great addition to an otherwise stellar recording. Other highlights plague the album, like the first single “Existence” and the short but powerful “Rationalist”. Overall, this album is a solid return for a metal band that is sorely missed when all they’ve released in two years in an EP of extras from their last album. Constellations is a more raw, yet epic sounding ABR, and fans will embrace this album as they did their last two.

Star Rating: 4 out of 5

Article: Eyes Set To Kill, A Breath Of Fresh Air

Eyes Set To KillRemember when we had bands that tried their hardest to sound like another band? Just one band? You had bands growing up trying to sound like Relient K, or the main influence of a band is August Burns Red, and every track you hear sounds exactly like that band? I feel like we’ve gone way past this predicament. We’ve got band’s trying to combine all of their favorite bands into a new entity, something that they will love even more, or that fans will find more interesting than the previous music.

Enter Arizona-natives Eyes Set To Kill. Ranging in styles from metalcore to screamo to alternative metal, this five-piece proves to be a mix of some very diverse acts. One minute sounding like hardcore giants As I Lay Dying, the band immediately switches to a melodic Evanescence sound. Other moments on their debut, Reach and their new album The World Outside, due out June 2, the band can have full-force hardcore in place, and you throw all of these things together to create something that some of us might ultimately deem original. Originality in hardcore and metal music is often hard to come by, and we seem to be stuck in a generation of new metal bands that constantly sound the same, even down to the same kind of melodies. Eyes Set To Kill seems to be a breath of fresh air in this time of copy-cats and rip-offs.

The band is quite unique in members, as well. With a female lead vocal who also plays lead guitar and keyboards (Alexia) and her sister (Anissa) playing bass, I have to give credit where credit is due. It isn’t easy for people of the female persuasion to make it very far in this genre, but the band has definite potential. Their new album is littered with piano interludes and fantastic instrumentation that will be a pleasing sound to anyone’s ears, right before the crunching guitars come in and assault your eardrums, like on “Risen”. The finale of their new album showcases slow piano along with beautiful lead vocals from Alexia, providing a soothing end to the onslaught that is The World Inside. It may not be the hardest thing you’ll hear all year, but talent is definitely shown throughout both albums this small band has released.

For an indie band, these guys (and girls) have quite a lot going for them. You can see them on tour this summer on the New Nu Metal Tour, featuring headliners Sky Eats Airplane, along with hardcore acts In Fear And Faith and The Word Alive. The World Inside releases June 2, 2009. Be sure to check http://www.myspace.com/eyessettokill and http://www.eyessettokill.com for more information.