August Burns Red
Constellations


3.5
great

Review

by DropdeadWHA USER (36 Reviews)
March 26th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: August Burns Red just lit a fire and it's burning oh so bright. Constellations is a good effort, and it marks a vast improvement from their other albums.

August Burns Red is a five piece metalcore band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they formed in 2002 and officially became active in 2003. Like every other metalcore/post-hardcore/hardcore band out there, they've had trouble finding their feet in the genre, however Constellations marks an improvement from the other two albums. Firstly this album is a good effort, it's nothing amazing but it's worth a considerable amount of listens.

The overall sound of the album is a mixed bag of metalcore, it ranges from your typical long, heavy breakdowns to your melodic piano sections to an occasional harmonious guitar solo ( examples: start of Marianas Trench, 1:55 Meridian); these experimentations do not occur often but when they do they're a treat. Vocally this album is pretty strong with your typical growls, guttural screams etc although Luhrs' vocals can sometimes feel like their strained.

The concept of the album is the usual death, revenge and such, lyrically the songs are good which is probably one of ABR's strong points they write good songs.
Constellations consists of 12 songs; they're all delivered well, the production on this album is to a good standard as all the instruments can be heard clearly, combined with the crushing vocals.
The guitars and drums deliver the pacing for each song and emphasise's the emotion; the entire feel.

The piano doesn't feature that much but when it does it makes a big difference, the addition of the piano in the song 'The Escape Artist' paints a contrast to the heavy couple minutes before; it ends the song perfectly.
One of the best songs on Constellations is 'Indonesia', purely because of the vocals; the vocals are savagely delivered and during the chorus their exceedingly strong injecting a high amount of raw emotion. The guitar and drums sound great too; especially the drums they're incredible. The inclusion of clean vocals is invigorating.


'Ocean Of Apathy' is an astounding track, everything about the song is fitting to the album's theme. The song really shows emotion; anger, despair whatever you want to call it, it's creative and teeming with emotion.
The instruments sound gritty which is to me, exactly how they should sound.

On any album there are faults and on Constellations there's a few, such as the concept of the album isn't anything new and some of the breakdowns seem dragged out and placed just because of the nature of the album. Also some of the vocals are a bit weak as I mentioned before they sound strained, also I'd like to hear some more clean vocals because when their present they're really immaculate. In general the drums outshine the guitars unless it's a solo thats when the guitarist's really shine.


Overall August Burns Red have delivered a solid album, the entire sound of Constellations is pleasant; ranging from how the vocals are delivered to the exhilerating sound of the drums and guitars coming together rhythmically.
If your a fan of metalcore then you should definitely check this album out.



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Comatorium.
March 26th 2010


4174 Comments


Summary makes me lol considering your AA review. youre a good writer, but damn you need some btbam or somethin in your diet.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

DropdeadWHA
March 26th 2010


654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks!
btbam? Lol that was an over exaggerated review, but I do like AA

Comatorium.
March 26th 2010


4174 Comments


yeah me too, shh dont tell anyone.

DropdeadWHA
March 26th 2010


654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whats btbam?
aha.

sspedding
March 26th 2010


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cannot believe you think this is worse than Stand Up and Scream. Review is quite short and not really informative in any way besides the vocals section. Keep trying.

DropdeadWHA
March 26th 2010


654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just prefer Asking Alexandria, regardless of what people say or think I just generally enjoy them more.
I guess I'm just trying to find my way when writing reviews.
I'll keep trying.


HighandDriving
March 26th 2010


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Score is way too high, neg neg neg.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2010


7026 Comments


album is so blah

reeshespeeshes
March 26th 2010


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Idk how you can say Asking Alexandria is better than August Burns Red

botb
March 26th 2010


9721 Comments


^^^^ what they said. fail.

bloozclooz
March 26th 2010


1770 Comments


oh, and since no one told you, it's between the buried and me.

NeutralThunder12
March 26th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ABR>Asking Alexandria. This is an excellent metal record, one of the best of last year, one of the only albums in the genre that I truly love. Bad review as well, not horrible though, keep trying.

Nikkolae
March 26th 2010


4860 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^^ thissss

@ blooz i love asian girls lol

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bloc
March 26th 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YOU SKEPTIC, YOU

Brokenjewel
March 26th 2010


1247 Comments


Never really been into this type of metalcore, but this record is clawing its way into my brain.

bloozclooz
March 26th 2010


1770 Comments


i think asian girls seem so hot because most of them are plain as fuck, so when one is slightly hot, she looks ridiculously better

Foxhound
March 27th 2010


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"August Burns Red just lit a fire and it's burning oh so bright."

lmao. this album is lame.

IronyIsALivingScene
March 27th 2010


129 Comments


LOL this album is so fucking terrible.



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