August Burns Red
Found in Far Away Places


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ben Kuettel STAFF
June 23rd, 2015 | 1174 replies


Release Date: 06/29/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: August Burns Red continue forging their own path.

August Burns Red have done more than their fair share of effort to distinguish themselves from their contemporaries in their twelve year existence. Many metalcore bands paralleled them by rising in popularity throughout the 2000s. Most reacted to their seemingly instant success in varying, pathetic attempts at selling out and writing embarrassing attempts at generic radio rock music (Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine, All That Remains etc.). August Burns Red on the other hand chose the best possible route to take, by increasing their instrumental skill and concentrating on writing the most technical and varied music they could. What resulted was Rescue & Restore in 2013, featuring wider use of varied instrumentation, improved lyrics, and songwriting leaning toward progressive metal. Found in Far Away Places largely plays out like a second part to Rescue & Restore, but the dabblings in experimentation are slightly more pronounced and noticeable than before. It ends up sounding more or less like their attempts at widening their sound from 2011’s Leveler. They are still well integrated however, as strange as it can sound when a bouncy folk interlude with jaunty violin interrupts the furious riffing in “Separating the Seas.”

Other differences crop up with the only use of clean vocals, courtesy of a guest appearance from A Day To Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon. He appears for a quick chorus to brighten the melancholic, brooding “Ghosts.” The main change Found… makes apparent throughout the exhausting listen is a darker tone and more varied tempos. “Broken Promises” and “Vanguard” are among their longest cuts to date, scaling back on the aggression for a more mid-tempo, moodier effect. “The Wake” features most of what the album has to offer, however. The rapid-fire opener begins with chromatic guitar riffing all over the fretboard alongside furious drumming, which throughout the album manages to sound like something from a melodic death metal band. A breakdown follows, and then a tapping guitar solo. It serves as a familiar display of their sound, and of what the album contains overall. It doesn’t take long for August Burns Red to start showing their best qualities, however. Lead single “Identity” features the usual effective lead guitar harmonies, soloing, and heavy riffing before a quieter, atmospheric passage with a climbing bassline and quiet guitar strumming takes over, eventually climaxing with a beautiful classic rock sounding solo.

Found… continues the increased use of strings, acoustic guitar, and other various instruments similar to Rescue & Restore. They’re a welcome change of pace, but the most impactful moments are largely on their established strength as song writers. “Majoring in the Minors” and “Everlasting Ending” carry the weight of the album, with heartwrenching vocal and guitar performances that end up being among the most impactful of their career. It’s a veritable strength of August Burns Red to keep improving their furious modern metal sound with the weight and passion always existing behind the whole formula, with crushing guitar riffing, beautiful melodic passages, and a profound meaning weighing behind the musical backdrop.



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TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2015


15941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Official stream at www.itunesradio.com/augustburnsred

SowingSeason
Moderator
June 23rd 2015


24200 Comments


If I didn't know any better I'd say there's a new August Burns Red album coming out!

EvoHavok
June 23rd 2015


7028 Comments


Awesome work! I liked Rescue and Restore, so I guess I'll have to check this.

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Tunaboy45
June 23rd 2015


15185 Comments


@Sowing what made you think that?
http://i.imgur.com/ly00Jgi.jpg


Great review man, have a pos.

Beardog
June 23rd 2015


1495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Welcome change of peace"... Still a great review!

adr
June 23rd 2015


11664 Comments


4 reviews already?

lol

LivingThrowaway
June 23rd 2015


3348 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Since this band is pretty heavily Christian, I might just leave this here:

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/

Tunaboy45
June 23rd 2015


15185 Comments


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Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

LivingThrowaway
June 23rd 2015


3348 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Delete the < /a > at the end...

Sputnik does that sometimes.

Edit: fixed, I think.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2015


13004 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

good review, posd







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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2015


13154 Comments


Jesus, the reviews for this today lol. Pos though, great review. I might just check it out.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2015


15941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks everyone, and congrats to me for my 40th review on the site.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2015


18709 Comments


Ok let's calm it down a bit sput lol

Still awesome rev talons! Sounds like I wouldn't love this though.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2015


15941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks Mong, and you might like it, though you never struck me as much of a metalcore fan.

Tunaboy45
June 23rd 2015


15185 Comments


Mongicore hehe

Unfortunately this band never clicked with me

LivingThrowaway
June 23rd 2015


3348 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Does the link work now?

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2015


18709 Comments


Well stuff like Converge are awesome listens every now and but yea not one of my go tos. Maybe at some point but it won't be high on my list

Tunaboy45
June 23rd 2015


15185 Comments


aye Throwaway

LivingThrowaway
June 23rd 2015


3348 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Swee.

MattTD
June 23rd 2015


671 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UITX1975S-c

They look like a bunch of white suburban dads going to a bbq

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