Thursday, June 23, 2011

August Burns Red - Leveler



I'm not known to be a huge fan of the metal/hardcore genre of music.  For some reason, it's difficult to get past all of the yelling and screaming, especially if there is no singing at all in the album.  I tend to like what is known as "melodic/pop" metal.  You know, metal that has a catchy chorus amidst all the rage.  I am willing, however, to branch out if the band is good enough.  

In steps August Burns Red with their latest album, Leveler, released this week.  Initially, one could be quite overwhelmed by the "singer's" yelling.  But, after a few listens, I realized that these guys have amazing talent, musically.  Of course, many songs have the usual metal sounds: driving guitars, the double base drums blowing a hole in your head, etc.  Then there are songs like "Internal Cannon", which suddenly have a departure from the norm in the middle of the song with a sudden salsa-like guitar strumming.  It's these subtle layers and changes that make this album absolutely fantastic.

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who absolutely cannot stand screaming/yelling in an album, but I also urge those that would initially write these guys off as a typical metal band to give them, and this album, a chance.  It's well worth the listen.

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