August Burns Red
Leveler


4.0
excellent

Review

by Outnumbered USER (2 Reviews)
June 21st, 2011 | 85 replies | 6,704 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still light years ahead of their peers.

1 of 6 thought this review was well written

August Burns Red is:
Jake Luhrs – Lead Vocals
JB Brubaker – Lead Guitar
Brent Rambler – Rhythm Guitar
Dustin Davidson – Bass
Matt Greiner – Drums

August Burns Red has returned with their fourth studio album Leveler. The Mannheim quintet stays committed to their successful Constellations formula, while creating an album different and more evolved than its predecessor. Leveler is aggressive and holds no punches from the listener. This is an album you surely will not soon forget upon hearing it. August Burns Red has a signature sound, one that holds them head and shoulders above the rest in this infamous genre.

Leveler opens with its first single and one of the record’s strongest titles, Empire. A heavy sound needs equally as good lyrics to hold it up, and this group has nearly mastered that field. “Skyscrapers, earthmovers, ground breakers. Our buildings rival the heavens.” Empire is brutal and serves as the perfect opener for the tour de force that stands ahead. The lyrics remain consistently solid throughout the record, particularly in Salt & Light, Poor Millionaire and Leveler.

The instrumentation stays constant to the August Burns Red formula, while experimenting with some new techniques and sounds (see: Internal Cannon’s bridge). Although, not all risks pay off. Leveler introduces soling, somewhat of a first in August Burns Red’s discography. While the new change is welcome and the effort is certainly appreciated, Brubaker’s writing is not as sharp is it could be. Luhrs vocals are still as vicious as they were on Constellations, and for the most part, the instrumentals are just as – if not stronger than they were before. Greiner’s drums, specifically are excellent on tracks such as Poor Millionaire and Leveler.

Case in point, Leveler is a satisfying album. Metalcore is a hit and miss genre, but August Burns Red always seems to hit. Amidst a field of music known for its cliché breakdowns and its predictable formula, August Burns Red has created an album that rises above the general consensus and shatters the opinions of its critics. God is the leveler of the world, and August Burns Red is the leveler of the metalcore genre.


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    A solid progression despite some shortcomings....

    Ally McBeal (2.5)
    August Burns Red is back with more of the same, while drawing in sounds from some familiar...

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    In which consistency gives way to stagnation, with "Leveler" being a stale, forgettable, a...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Outnumbered
June 21st 2011



370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Constructive criticism?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2011



49802 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Metalcore is a hit and miss genre"
We've already heard that a million times.

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RosaParks
June 21st 2011



14592 Comments


kinda sad that someone already negged without reading. This site has the worst userbase.

fsharptrit0ne
June 21st 2011



4814 Comments


Mrs. Featherbottom

endtell
June 21st 2011



57 Comments


A bit too short, you didn't really describe the music and the mixing, etc...

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2011



30893 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off


August Burns Red has returned with their fourth studio album Leveler


Thank you for that tidbit of information, I wasn't quite sure what I had heard or clicked on

The Mannheim quintet stays committed to their successful Constellations formula, while creating an album different and more evolved than its predecessor.


Commits to a formula but evolves? Hang on a minute...

This is an album you surely will not soon forget upon hearing it.


No

August Burns Red has a signature sound, one that holds them head and shoulders above the rest in this infamous genre.


And that sound is....?

Breakdowns?

Less breakdowns than other bands?

The instrumentation stays constant to the August Burns Red formula,


There's that formula or "sound" again, which you still haven't talked about

Leveler introduces soling,


I'll bet it does, but I believe the word you want is "soloing"

Leveler introduces soling, somewhat of a first in August Burns Red’s discography.


Well, introductions do normally come first

Brubaker’s writing is not as sharp is it could be.


How do you know? This is his first, or are you lying to me?

specifically are excellent


What??


Case in point, Leveler is a satisfying album


Case in point is usually reserved for when you're presenting an example, not summing up

Amidst a field of music known for its cliché breakdowns and its predictable formula, August Burns Red has created an album that rises above the general consensus and shatters the opinions of its critics.


Because this doesn't have breakdowns and a predictable formula?

God is the leveler of the world, and August Burns Red is the leveler of the metalcore genre.


No

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fsharptrit0ne
June 21st 2011



4814 Comments


U mad?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2011



49802 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Schooled.

RosaParks
June 21st 2011



14592 Comments


i guess disagreeing with everything he says is constructive criticism now

but the spelling mistakes do need to go
and the grammar
and it needs to be longer

cinaedus
June 21st 2011



26298 Comments


123

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2011



49802 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm afraid to upload my review now.

MO
June 21st 2011



18261 Comments


lol owned indeed by the devstep

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Emim
June 21st 2011



26509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dev be mad

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2011



30893 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

U mad?


Positively fuming

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2011



30893 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i guess disagreeing with everything he says is constructive criticism now


Yes because that's all I did

Tyrael
June 21st 2011



20740 Comments


1 of 7 thought this review was well written

Gotta love sputnik's userbase... C'mon guys it's only his second review.

Spec
June 21st 2011



27062 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

When Dev is online.

Sputnik shows no mercy.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2011



49802 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not a good idea to review a popular album for your second review.

RosaParks
June 21st 2011



14592 Comments


Yes because that's all I did

well when you did, it was unnecessary. The review was written so his opinion could be expressed, not yours.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2011



30893 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This is an album you surely will not soon forget upon hearing it.


That's not stating an opinion dipshit, try harder



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