August Burns Red
Rescue and Restore


4.0
excellent

Review

by BeevyD USER (1 Reviews)
March 2nd, 2014 | 18 replies


Release Date: 06/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: To skeptics, Rescue and Restore provides proof that “metalcore” is alive and well. While fans will find that the album plays as another gem in the veteran band’s impressive repertoire.

Quite often metalcore is afflicted with a generalization of mediocrity. Be it from the near-recent surge of synthcore, or its formulaic mode of production, the genre has been tarnished with a plight of banality. Bands like Attack, Attack and Asking Alexandria, have created this stigma, asserting that a sound technical skill-set is no longer a requisite of “hardcore” musicianship. And with their undue popularity, the notion could ostensibly be true. This is why innovators such as August Burns Red come as such an amelioration of faith. They are practicing objections to this stigma and, through their career, have enshrined themselves as mainstays of the genre.

Rescue and Restore is arguably the Pennsylvanian pentad’s best release yet. Following nearly eight months after the Christmas themed Sledding’ Hill, the album carries a heavy reminiscence of 2011’s Leveler. In it, the band utilizes many of the successes of their past albums, continuing their experimentation with styles disparate to the genre. Like always, this was received as refreshing reminder that metalcore is not limited to its staple sound, (despite being occasionally interpreted as awkward and pretentious).

The eleven-track LP opens with “Provisions”, a premiere that has developed into the album’s most popular song. Specifically, “Provisions” is a highly enjoyable addition; but macroscopically, it’s a reputable opening that foreshadows the album’s technical derivation. The song gives the listener an honest preview to the album, with most of the subsequent tracks playing at an equal caliber.

In the LP, front man Jake Luhrs is able to showcase his guttural lows, which have matured admirably since Messengers. However, as is the case with most veteran vocalists, Jake’s range has suffered impediment, as he is seemingly no longer able to hit the screeching highs found in the band’s prior releases. Nevertheless, his vocals in conjunction with the album’s lyrics have created quite a visceral experience. Lyrically, Rescue and Restore carries an ulterior Christian theme. But the undertones are just that; they supplement the atmosphere of the album, while avoiding a sense of doctrinal preaching.

The instrumentals of the release stand as a grand achievement. The band skillfully manipulates the magnitude and intensity of their music, in a fashion analogous to “comic relief”. Meaning, they are able to offset their heavier moments with unorthodox writing. Airy guitars and sweeping drums allow the band’s breakdowns to stand out. The album also features a nearly ubiquitous inclusion of orchestral instruments, which were implemented carefully and with taste. Furthermore, Matt Greiner's drumming sets a great base for the rest of the band. He is subtle when he needs to be, and ruthless when it’s warranted. The guitar work, from a technical perspective is outstanding and the band has progressed as unified production in every regard. Both JB Brubaker and Brent Rambler are able make interesting and memorable riffs that act as the foundation of a great album. As a whole, the albums mastering seems very balanced, with no specific member outshining another’s performance. This leaves many instances for Dustin Davidson's bass lines to seep into the forefront of the track and showcase some phenomenal guitar work..

As for its individual songs, Rescue and Restore offers a wide range, all which stem from a truly eclectic tree of influence. And although some may not be as remarkable as others, the album is by no means monotonous. From the torrential mathcore influences of “Animals”, to the emotional provocations of “Beauty in Tragedy”, the album is pleasingly diverse. “Creative Captivity” is the album’s de facto interlude. The song truly exhibits ABR’s capacity to write in outside genres. However, its ambition is also its hamartia. “Creative Captivity” is sporadic and at times capricious. The mood veers sharply, from Jake’s bestial lows, to the underwater ambiance of the guzheng, to the elegiac tributes of a lone trumpet. Conclusively, the song is too unrefined to be attributed as a success. Conversely, “Fault Line” plays as a simple, yet great song. It displays how the band can create an all-around enjoyable track, without an oppressive focus on sheer originality. Moreover, the outro of the song “Echoes” is one of the most anthemic and memorable endings ever recorded by ABR. This leads to the only regrettable aspect of the album’s internal chronology: the fact that “Echoes” didn't finalize it. The song leaves the listener with such a satisfying feeling, that listing it as anything but the ultimate track hinders final mood of the album.

Overall, Rescue and Restore is one of the best metalcore releases in recent years. It has breathed new life into a dying genre, and will hopefully inspire future musicians achieve similar success. The album is able to soar where Levelers could not, specifically regarding the inclusion of unorthodox instrumentals. And it is this resolve that allows August Burns Red to remain on the forefront of the metalcore scene.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Toondude10
March 1st 2014


4309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review man, especially for a first one!

If anything your third and fourth paragraphs could be made into one and your second paragraph sounds more like a concluding paragraph (you might as well put before the last one)

Pos'd

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2014


15006 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Unequivocal proof you say

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ASnideReturns
March 1st 2014


5242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"unequivocal proof that “metalcore” is alive and well."

The rest of your review is good, but I'm not pos'ing just due to this one line in the summary. People need to stop doing this, genres don't die because a few shitty bands release shitty albums. Listen to what you enjoy and don't listen to what you don't enjoy.

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BeevyD
March 1st 2014


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So my review isn't well written because of a line I wrote in the summery? That seems rather reactive.

Nocturnal
March 1st 2014


1329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty sweet album I was never big on abr but this album is to solid to ignore.

titanslayer
March 1st 2014


2040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll give you a pos, but I do think your summary is problematic.

BeevyD
March 1st 2014


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I appreciate it man. How could I improve it?

Krossceeper
March 2nd 2014


83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review has a really good flow and precise use of vocabulary without seeming pretentious or overshot, easy pos.

titanslayer
March 2nd 2014


2040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

some people didn't like this record so it clearly isn't "unequivocal proof that “metalcore” is alive and well"


BeevyD
March 2nd 2014


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was a little strong. Can I edit the review?

titanslayer
March 2nd 2014


2040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Go to your profile and on the side there should be a link that says edit my reviews

Crawl
March 2nd 2014


1640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

spirit breaker, creative captivity and beauty in tragedy make this album incredible

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Toondude10
March 2nd 2014


4309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I would at least get rid of the first half of the summary and rewrite the seconds half.

BeevyD
March 2nd 2014


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty busy as is; I'll see to rewriting it in the near future, though.

zaruyache
March 2nd 2014


7234 Comments


Metalcore is dead, and we have killed it.

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YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


1684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review man. Just some advice since you're new to this: try putting the album titles in italics to separate them from band names and song names (which should be in quotes). To do this put [ i ] at the beginning of what you want to italicize, and [ / i ] at the end (with no spaces between the characters).

BigPleb
March 2nd 2014


37556 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sup dude.

Toondude10
March 2nd 2014


4309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

same thing goes for bold lettering too



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