October 5, 2017 |

August Burns Red- Phantom Anthem

August Burns Red- Phantom Anthem

October 5, 2017 |

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If you pay any attention to the world of metalcore recently then you've surely heard of August Burns Red. Just in case you haven't, August Burns Red are an American five piece band who have rose steadily through the heavy music ranks since their 2003 debut album, Thrill Seeker. Since then the band have released six studio albums, released a holiday album, been nominated for a Grammy and toured like it's nobody's business. On October 6th the band will be releasing their next album, Phantom Anthem. The first single, Invisible Enemy is already out and it's a big one. Hard hitting and ambitious, the song is like an intricate, anthemic gut punch and is fairly typical of what fans can expect from the new album.

The record opens with King of Sorrow. An unrelenting riff carries us through to the verse which switches from bounding leaps to frantic fast paced riffs and drumming. Everywhere you listen on the track something interesting is happening, a theme that is pleasantly repeated throughout the album. The track is dynamic in many ways, dropping to piano littered sections that allow the track to breathe before it plunges back into chaos.

The third track on this record, The Frost, continues the dancing dynamics of the previous tracks. It begins with an almost psychedelic guitar part. Instruments join in before the track opens up and turns the corner. The driving verses ease open in places with additional instruments on the edges and a darting guitar lead lifts the tracks mood against the chugging guitars that form much of the tracks power. The track even goes down to a bass led section filled with ambient guitars and drum flourishes. Tracks like these are really where the band comes alive and shows the innovation sorely missing from other bands of their genre. They still keep their tracks heavy but manage to make them interesting while they do.