Since the release of August Burns Red’s 2009 breakout album, Constellations – which landed the metal juggernauts at #24 on the US Billboard 200 – the Lancaster, PAbased 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 band’s triumphant fourth album is due out June 21 on Solid State Records.