August Burns Red
Sleddin' Hill


4.5
superb

Review

by apokolypz USER (19 Reviews)
October 9th, 2012 | 127 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh. O'er the fields we go, headbanging all the way.

You could say it's about time the metalcore band August Burns Red has decided to release a Christmas album. With 3 releases of special Christmas songs after main albums in the past, you could see this happening before your very eyes. Now it is finally here, and is it worth praise, has ABR done a good job with this compilation? The answer is indeed yes.

Listening to the album definitely does give you that peaceful December evening feel. While listening your ears will have a varying blend between soft, moody, and progressive to fast, pounding, and thrilling tones throughout. Production on the album is top quality, as a good number complained about in their previous album "Leveler", the sound is sharp and crisp and features some cool little extra sounds in the mix. Many may be wondering two questions: 1) Are their well known chugging riffs and heavy breakdowns in this release? 2) How is it without Jake Luhrs having vocals in the album? For question 1, not really. There are a couple notable breakdowns here and there, but nothing violent like you are used to in regular ABR albums, and along with the chugging riffs. not very many as progressive metal takes a higher influence in this compilation. Now for question 2, it's not all that bad. I myself was hesitant hearing some pre-release of songs thinking, "man, I would really like some screaming and growls in this, that'd be awesome." Halfway through I forgot about the vocals and was just lost in the instrumental sounds being produced. Although there is one track that does have vocals and that is Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer, but it is not screaming vocals. It portrays a kiddish/teen harmonious singing in it, no screams guys, sorry.

Diving in deeper to the ones who made the album, let's start off with JB Brubaker's guitar riffs, as they are probably the first thing you'll spot listening to this. Listen to the actual classic Christmas songs that are being covered in this release, such as Jingle Bells, We wish you a Merry Christmas, or Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer. Come back and listen to the covers of those songs and you will realize that JB is almost spot on to the original sound, only giving it more of the metal style you all know and love. I really liked that about the album, that the riffs really remind you about the actual songs. The riffs are hardly ever boring in this one, they are fresh and really never slow down or hit a rock in the road. Next on to Matt's drums. He doesn't hold back. His blast beats, fills, and technical work is just as great as ever. Nothing to complain about in the drumming. Brent's rhythm guitar is quite a change, since he isn't doing very many chugging riffs as compared to how his usual style is. It's a nice change, but don't let it fool, the guitar still has the power it always would have. Lastly on to Dustin's bass. That may be one complaint I have on this, is that Dustin's bass isn't very audible. Then again when has it really been though?

To end this here, any die hard August Burns Red fan will check this out and be pretty pleased. For those still unsure if you'll be into this, just ask yourself, "Do I enjoy listening to Christmas tunes." Then, "Do I like heavy/progressive metal?" If you answered yes to both, you're going to have a fun time. August Burns Red doesn't disappoint with a fun and catchy spin off to their usual metalcore vibe.

August Burns Red is: Dustin Davidson - Bass, JB Brubaker - Lead Guitarist, Brent Rambler - Rhythm Guitarist, Matt Greiner - Drums, Jake Luhrs - Lead Vocalist (non-present in this album.)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


19933 Comments


Insta pos'd. I LOVE christmas music.

I want to review the she and him christmas album but I'm trying to wait until at least after halloween lol

Digging: Coldworld - Melancholie

Evreaia
October 9th 2012


4045 Comments


good review, band and album blow though.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


19933 Comments


nah, Constellations was at least a 4/5

mindleviticus
October 9th 2012


8294 Comments


Constellations ruled

Evreaia
October 9th 2012


4045 Comments


2 tops, luhrse ruined everything

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


19933 Comments


damn evreai you just must hate metalcore. I guess maybe after listening to a bunch of kayo dot and maudlin of the well this might sound like shit but in itself not a 2 sheesh.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


50598 Comments


Take out the members thing

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

sixdegrees
October 9th 2012


17207 Comments


look for the obligatory Texas In July christmas album in a couple months!

Digging: Ted Nugent - Shutup&jam!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


19933 Comments


"Take out the members thing"

Or jut put it at the bottom of the review instead.

Evreaia
October 9th 2012


4045 Comments


i love metalcore, but this band just does nothing for me.


TBliss2
October 9th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this band, but for some reason Im just not inclined to check this out at all.

apokolypz
October 9th 2012


335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Take out the members thing."

:Or jut put it at the bottom of the review instead."

Thanks for that idea, I'll do that

mindleviticus
October 9th 2012


8294 Comments


don't really want to hear this after leveler lol

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


19933 Comments


@mindleviticus,

pretty sure a lot of these songs were actually done before leveler.

skoopy48
October 9th 2012


1536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol this is amazing

apokolypz
October 9th 2012


335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Mindleviticus, it is a lot different than leveler, trust me. Not to take this train off the track,
but I've always been curious why so many people didn't enjoy leveler?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


19933 Comments


idk leveler just couldn't compare to constellations. people had high expectations of them after that album.

Evreaia
October 9th 2012


4045 Comments


I still wonder why

ILJ
October 9th 2012


6712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Leveler was just not near as consistently good as Constellations. The experimentation was awesome, but the majority of the non-expermimentation tracks just weren't up to par.

Douglas
October 9th 2012


9118 Comments


you will realize that JB is almost spot on to the original sound, only giving it more of that
electric guitar feel.


You don't say?

Other than that ridiculously obvious statement, nice write up.



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