August Burns Red
Lost Messengers: The Outtakes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Comatorium. USER (47 Reviews)
August 16th, 2009 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Enough variety and and staying power makes Lost Messengers a cut above most unreleased and outtakes compilations.

Lost Messengers: The Outtakes is fan service at its finest. Nothing more or less than a compilation of demos and unreleased material to whet fans' appetites during the wait for new full length Constellations, the amazing thing is, it's done right. While most bands put out lackluster live compilations in-between albums, what August Burns Red has presented here are 7 enjoyable tracks that fans will eat up, with enough variety to not just be boring filler.

The first two tracks, "Chasing the Dragon" and "Mosley" tread familiar ABR territory, the first being an unreleased song, and the latter a bonus track on the vinyl edition of Messengers. These songs are the material that foreshadow the change present on Constellations, as they show more musical technicality and vocal variation than most tracks on Messengers. Its still typical metalcore here, just a bit more refined and better than most of what else is out there.

The truly intriguing parts come in the form of the next three tracks: "Carol of the Bells," "To Those About to Rock," and "Piano Man." The first is a metal instrumental version of the Christmas tune of the same name, and the only way to describe it is completely badass. "To Those About to Rock" has nothing to do with AC/DC. Rather, it is a parody of Southern Metal/Rock and riffs that the band used to warm up during practice. And to my chagrin, "Piano Man" is NOT a cover of the Billy Joel song, but just a nice little outro for the EP.

The last two songs are demos of two of Messengers' most popular tracks; "Truth of a Liar" and "Vital Signs." Normally demos aren't worth the time it takes to listen to them, but I found that these showcased Jake Luhr's vocals in a way that really needs to be heard to be appreciated, in that they are so raw and visceral.

This is one of the best collections of unreleased material a band has ever put together that August Burns Red and metalcore fans alike should get some short-lived amusement out of. That being said, while it isn't boring filler, it is filler, and therefore doesn't fare well as a stand alone release, or starting point for those new to ABR, but does as an excellent bridge between albums.



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Comatorium.
August 16th 2009


4851 Comments


Short review for a short EP. Was pleasantly surprised by this.

atrink
August 16th 2009


2852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

for those about to rock is lol bad

Zip
August 16th 2009


5312 Comments


You're not allowed to use Pam fag, that's Waiors.
good review

Comatorium.
August 16th 2009


4851 Comments


yeah yeah. duly noted. im fixing it.

Comatorium.
August 16th 2009


4851 Comments


fixed it, ya dick. thanks for the pos.

Phantom
August 16th 2009


8985 Comments


wat so having a Jenna Fischer avatar is now solely allowed for Waior

idiots

Zip
August 16th 2009


5312 Comments


Pretty much

atrink
August 16th 2009


2852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

and clint eastwood can be strictly for you

Zip
August 16th 2009


5312 Comments


I need an avatar person

atrink
August 16th 2009


2852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

katy perry

do it NOW

Lelle
August 16th 2009


2491 Comments


I thought ...Baby One More Time was on this as well?

Comatorium.
August 16th 2009


4851 Comments


Yeah i gotta let Caleb have her, as much as i adore her.

atrink
August 16th 2009


2852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

that was on punk goes pop II

sspedding
August 16th 2009


5239 Comments


good review but i am a self proclaimed abr fan and i thought this release was pretty disappointing. Except Carol Of The Bells.

Comatorium.
August 16th 2009


4851 Comments


Carol of the Bells is worth the price of admission by itself.

Comatorium.
August 16th 2009


4851 Comments


Also, Pop Goes Punk II is worth it for the Britney cover.

Zip
August 16th 2009


5312 Comments


I hate Katy Perry tho...

sba4life
August 16th 2009


364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Chasing The Dragon is a kickass song. It referers to the Guitar Queero Episode of South Park

atrink
August 16th 2009


2852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

well then i hate you....

Comatorium.
August 16th 2009


4851 Comments


Chasing the Dragon and Mosley are decent. Its the demos and carol of the bells that make this worth it



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