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August Burns Red - "Leveler"

Solid State Records - June 21, 2011

June 21st, 2011




 
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"While August Burns Red have never succumbed to the artistic trends in metal album covers, Leveler represents an even larger departure than fans have seen on the band’s previous albums. The artwork, created by artist Jordan Crane, brings a striking comic book flair that the band wanted the artwork to encompass. "What we were going for with the cover was an image of a house that had been destroyed by a natural disaster," says guitarist JB Brubaker. "The cover depicts a house that has been leveled by something like a hurricane. You can see the trees in the background are bent sideways from enduring strong winds. There are a bunch of chickens in the foreground who have come out of hiding to continue on with their daily activities. The chickens represent the calm after the storm. They represent life and the promise of a new day. The art has a real indie-rock vibe to it, which I like because while we’re obviously not an indie band, we’re not a typical metal band either."
 
 
 
August Burns Red - "Leveler"
Solid State Records - June 21, 2011


01. Empire - [Lyrics Video] - [Lyrics Commentary]
02. Internal Cannon
03. Divisions - [Studio Drums Recording Video]
04. Cutting the Ties
05. Pangaea
06. Carpe Diem
07. 40 Nights
08. Salt & Light
09. Poor Millionaire
10. 1/16/2011
11. Boys of Fall
12. Leveler

Bonus Tracks:
13. Internal Cannon [Acoustic]
14. Pangaea [performed by Bells]
15. Boys of Fall [performed by Zachery Veilleux]
16. Empire [Midi]


"The album will be available in both regular and deluxe editions - a first for ABR. Explains guitarist JB Brubaker: "For the bonus tracks on the deluxe editions, we were able to collaborate with some close friends and amazing musicians. Our friends in the post rock band Bells did an amazing job reworking our song ’Pangaea’ and making it into something completely different. It sounds absolutely huge and we love it. Our close friend, Zach Veilleux, a virtuoso piano player, shredded a piano rendition of our song ’Boys of Fall.’ Dustin and I recorded an acoustic version of our song ’Internal Cannon’ with some mariachi flare and a ridiculous guitar solo courtesy of [producer] Jason Suecof. Finally, we threw in one of the original midi tracks from the Leveler writing process to give everyone an idea of how our songs sound before they get recorded. It’s pure 1988 Nintendo bliss."

 
 
 

Matt Greiner
(drums), 
JB Brubaker (guitar), Jake Luhrs (vocals), Dustin Davidson (bass), Brent Rambler (guitar)
 
 

AUGUST BURNS RED - "Leveler" - Biography 2011
 
“I definitely don’t feel like we’re the ‘new guys’ in the scene anymore. We have our sound figured out at this point,” says August Burns Red guitarist JB Brubaker. “But it was time to break some rules.”
 
Since the release of August Burns Red’s 2009 breakout album, Constellations – which landed the metal juggernauts at #24 on the Billboard 200 – the Lancaster, PA-based genre giants have found themselves in some rather unexpected places. From the cover of Alternative Press to Fox’s “American Dad,” from the sands of Dubai to the Warped Tour, from Japan to Australia to South America, August Burns Red crisscrossed the globe time and again on the road to the top of the hard rock heap.
 
When it came time to record their fourth full-length album, Leveler, ABR could have played it safe, could have simply cashed in on their previous success by making Constellations II. Instead, after eight years and a quarter of a million albums sold, August Burns Red scrapped the old game plan and followed their sound where it led them. The direction, as it turns out, was both forward and backward. On Leveler, the band recaptured the hungry, ferocious heaviness of their earlier albums, and at the same time bravely indulged some of the more creative impulses they had previously stifled. The breathtaking result is nothing short of a game-changer.
 
“The biggest risk we took on this album was not limiting ourselves to stay inside the standard metalcore box,” says Brubaker. “If there was a part that didn’t sound like a traditional metalcore part, we ran with it and made it as wild or unorthodox as we wanted. We’ve been motivated to progress as a band and push ABR in different directions, while maintaining the characteristics that made us the band we are in the first place.” Illustrating that point is the album’s second track, “Internal Cannon,” arguably Leveler’s most out-of-the-box track, which manages to stay utterly brutal while employing a samba clean section, a salsa-esque solo, and another section seemingly destined for a Quentin Tarantino film. It’s definitely metal, but the jury’s still out on the “core.”

“I think that’s one of the advantages to being on your fourth album,” Brubaker says of the band’s experimentation.“ We have a dedicated group of listeners who are supportive of us trying new things and breaking some of the unwritten rules of metal. It’s a luxury we are very thankful for and do not take for granted.”
 
Balancing out a rich surplus of inventive clean guitar sections and blistering solos on Leveler is crushingly heavy riffage not heard from August Burns Red since 2007’s Messengers. Also present is the virtuoso playing of Matt Greiner, already one of metal’s premier drummers, who takes his craft in even more dynamic directions. “The drumming is more technical on Leveler,” Brubaker says. “I’m confident that this is the best performance Matt has ever given on an album.”
 
Also making strides on Leveler is vocalist Jake Luhrs, whose personal journey from a life of substance abuse to the frontman of one of metal’s most talked-about bands was well-documented in August Burns Red’s band-defining cover story in Alternative Press. In reuniting with producer Jason Suecof, who also manned the boards for Constellations, Luhrs pushed himself to deliver a profound and emotive performance. “Suecof is great with vocals and I personally connect with him well,” Luhrs says. “We do have our tiffs when it comes to producing vocals, but it’s because we really have a heart for lyrics and vocals. We end up hugging it out!”
 
“It was like stepping back into a laboratory with a mad scientist two years after that chemical explosion incident,” Brubaker says of reuniting with the metal wizard. “We went with Jason again because we love how clean and crisp he makes our albums sound. His production is top notch and he brings great ideas to the table in all facets of the process.”
 
With the release of Constellations, August Burns Red became a band that could no longer be ignored. They debuted in the Top 25. They toured alongside peers like A Day To Remember and Lamb Of God. They co-headlined the AP Tour and, this summer, will serve as headliners for the entire 2011 Warped Tour, and will be touching down for tours in Southeast Asia, Europe and Russia. Most importantly, they grew and connected fiercely with a colossal legion of fans, as the three-quarters of a million “likes” on their Facebook page attests. And that is why, with the release of Leveler, August Burns Red will prove to be an absolute pillar of their genre.
 
“Our fans keep this band above water. If we have fans, then we have ABR,” says Luhrs. “I honestly didn’t know if we’d get to this place, to call myself a touring musician and it be my only source of income AND it being my dream... wow! Music is our passion and it’s what we want to be doing. We intend to keep doing it as long as we can.”


 






There are a ton of pre-order options for each version of the album up on Merch Direct, so browse the list to figure out which one you like best! Pre-orders can be bundled with a shirt and a pack of Official August Burns Red Trading Cards. There are 7 cards per pack featuring band members, road crew, albums and team photos. Collect all 21! And every pre-order of "Leveler" will receive a free instant download of "Empire."


"Leveler" T-Shirt

August Burns Red Baseball Trading Cards
 
1. Digital Regular Edition
Digital album (Instant Grat Digital Single of "Empire" in each bundle)
Digital album + Baseball Cards
Digital album + Shirt
Digital album + Baseball Cards + Shirt
 
2. Physical Regular Edition (Jewel Case)
CD (Instant Grat Digital Single of "Empire" in each bundle)
CD + Baseball Cards
CD + Shirt
CD + Baseball Cards + Shirt

3. Physical Special Edition (Digipak)
Special Edition CD (Instant Grat Digital Single of "Empire" in each bundle)
Special Edition CD + Baseball Cards
Special Edition CD + Shirt
Special Edition CD + Baseball Cards + Shirt
 
4. Deluxe Edition Survival Kit (Box Set)
Survival Kit (Limited to 1,000 Copies Worldwide)
(Instant Grat Digital Single of "Empire" in each bundle)
Survival Kit + Baseball Cards
Survival Kit + Shirt
Survival Kit + Baseball Cards + Shirt
 
5. Double 12" Gatefold Vinyl LP Edition
Vinyl LP (Instant Grat Digital Single of "Empire" in each bundle)
Vinyl + Baseball Cards
Vinyl + Shirt
Vinyl + Baseball Cards + Shirt
 
6. Mega Deluxe Survival Kit Bundle
Box Set + Vinyl + Shirt + Baseball Cards 
(Instant Grat Digital Single of "Empire" in each bundle)

 
Double 12" Gatefold Vinyl LP cover



 

 
 

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