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Band
August Burns Red
Title
Leveler
Type
LP/EP
Company
Solid State
YOR
2011
Style
Metalcore/Hardcore
5/5/2011 - Review by: Eric Compton
Another punishing display of brutal breakdowns and abstract riffs
Itís hard to find a more abrasive band than August Burns Red. ĎLevelerí, the PA actís fourth to date, is another punishing display of brutal breakdowns and abstract riffs. The band chose Jason Suecof (Death Angel, Whitechapel) to produce again, a wise choice for this polished delivery that helps mollify a band that could easily go berserk. Like fellow genre staples Suicide Silence and Bring Me the Horizon, August Burns Red burkes any attempt for clean passages in favor of a hardcore stance that hasnít changed much over the course of their career. The breakdowns are everywhere, groovy wash-machine riffs placed on heavy load for a full cycle. I love this stuff for a few songs but the habiliments of a metalcore band in 2011 still leaves plenty of room for innovation and diversity, two traits you wonít find here.
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ALL REVIEWS FOR: AUGUST BURNS RED
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
Leveler
2011
Solid State
Eric Compton5/5/2011
3
Phantom Anthem
2017
Fearless
Eric Compton12/22/2017
3

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