August Burns Red
Rescue and Restore


3.0
good

Review

by Jesse Knight USER (5 Reviews)
August 15th, 2013 | 28 replies | 1,536 views


Release Date: 06/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing to write home about, but you can be proud to match this up among your other ABR records and appreciate the progress they have made.

1 of 7 thought this review was well written

The latest release from August Burns Red strikes a nice balance between old and new. The songs on the album resemble their previous two releases "Constellations" and "Leveler" in many ways. Personally it feels like Leveler was a stumbling point for them; a time when they were evolving to where they are now. They have continued in that evolution, resulting in the much more refined album, "Rescue & Restore."

The most significant aspect of the album is the direction the sound has gone. There is a lot of emphasis on contrast in the melodies throughout the songs. This style of performance should be familiar to anyone who has heard their music in the past, but they have clearly changed their sound. The result is sharper turns and more song segments that are polar. "Treatment" provides a perfect example of very dark, dissonant pieces, followed immediately by a brighter sounding segment. ABR does a fair job at using this to effectively convey their message and keep the songs interesting.

"Creative Captivity" is the title track for the album, although you wouldn't know without listening to it. The song is nicely put together, resembling its name. Using horns with alternative percussion and string instruments, it is reminiscent of some indie math rock, particularly "Elk" by This Town Needs Guns. Even though the song itself sounded good, I'll have to admit it sounded quite out of place among the sounds and styles of the other tracks. Rather than taking it out, they probably could have used a similar approach to a few other songs.

As for those other tracks, you can expect them to all be pretty good songs. There are some nice hooks throughout, as well as those heavy technical guitar riffs they are known for. As usual there is a strong emphasis on instrumentals. Songs like "Count it All Lost" and "The First Step" pack crushing, high intensity riffs and vocals. While there's plenty to headbang to, those are surely two to keep in mind. "Echoes" and "Spirit Breaker" have more emphasis on softer segments and serve well to break up the constant barrage brought on by the other tracks.

Another song that sits slightly out of place from the rest of the album is "Animals." It has that Eastern kind of "Powerslave" sound that I am partial to. It immediately reminds me of "Wasted Words" from the latest As I Lay Dying release. It doesn't at all sound the same, but it serves the same purpose on the album. Not only does it do a good job of keeping this release interesting, but it's also one of the better songs on the album in general.

Instrumentally, August Burns Red has always had a solid execution. The direction the sound is going in is pleasant, and most of the songs are pretty well composed in that respect. There isn't much to say about the vocals. Jake Luhrs has always had a fitting vocal style, and that hasn't changed. Occasionally you will notice that he gets more guttural than ever before, but only for a moment. There are also a few segments of plain speech in "Beauty In Tragedy" and "Spirit Breaker," significant only because you don't have to Google the lyrics to figure out what he's saying like everything else.

Like most albums, about half of these songs are really good, and the other half feels like filler. None of the songs were just plain unpleasant or boring, which says a lot considering I usually despite a couple songs on a release. Some songs just lack the depth and composition to make it on my playlist. Admittedly, they have come a long way from their roots in those short-lived hardcore years. With all things considered, "Rescue & Restore" is a really good record in my opinion. Nothing to write home about, but you can be proud to match this up among your other ABR records and appreciate the progress they have made.


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SharkEthic
August 15th 2013



578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

""Creative Captivity" is the title track"

no, it's not

Durrzo
August 15th 2013



1080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^ Bothered me the whole time I was finishing the review.

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joshieboy12345
August 15th 2013



5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So you're saying Creative Captivity is the title track because it's your favourite? Ok then.

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KILL
August 15th 2013



70671 Comments


shite band

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demigod!
August 15th 2013



43891 Comments


I agree

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SirDazza28
August 15th 2013



409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I disagree ^^

Toondude10
August 15th 2013



3404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Create Captivity is the title track"

Do you even know what a title track is?

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SharkEthic
August 15th 2013



578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

why the fuck isn't it "Was this a good review? Yes | No" anyway?

NastyCrab
August 15th 2013



328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've never understood why people like Creative Captivity. It's cheesy even for ABR

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2013



1639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It has the title in the track, but that doesn't make it the title track.

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Evreaia
August 15th 2013



3955 Comments


band sucks so many dicks its not even funny anymore.


1/5, wouldn't listen again

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Ecksavie
August 15th 2013



282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice.

We both know it's not nearly that bad, though.

Evreaia
August 15th 2013



3955 Comments


1.5/5 last offer

Ecksavie
August 15th 2013



282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know you have a 2.5 in you.

*tickles*

KILL
August 15th 2013



70671 Comments


its august now guys :D i totally relate to this band now :D

Evreaia
August 15th 2013



3955 Comments


no.

Fluttertrank
August 15th 2013



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol me too KILL.

Ecksavie
August 15th 2013



282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh Evreaia, don't be like that man!

I will up my rating for Gorguts to a 3, maybe, if you up this to at least a 2. Deal?

joshieboy12345
August 16th 2013



5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kill only likes this band in August.

noconflictbanana
October 5th 2013



31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Do you even know what a title track is?



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