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Band
August Burns Red
Title
Phantom Anthem
Type
LP/EP
Company
Fearless
YOR
2017
Style
Metalcore/Hardcore
12/22/2017 - Review by: Eric Compton
A stout offering of traditional metalcore
This Lancaster, PA metalcore band celebrated their 10-years anniversary last year with a headlining tour package of Protest the Hero, In Hearts Wake and '68. The group charge into the next stage of their career with 'Phantom Anthem', a stout offering of traditional metalcore nothing more, nothing less. It's still spiritually awake, lyrically painting social tolerance and biblical themes, delivered with 'no clean vocals' and an abundance of mid-paced staccato riffs. Fans of the band will surely love the band's consistency and their place in the genre's top tier.
Recommended for fans of: Protest the Hero, War of Ages, Parkway Drive
PERSONAL BREAKDOWN:

ENJOYMENT
3
MUSIC
3.5
VOCALS
3
PRODUCTION
4
ARTWORK
1.5
LYRICS
3.5


  • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
    3 :AVE RATING

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

ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: AUGUST BURNS RED
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