AUGUST BURNS RED

(UNITED STATES)

GUARDIANS

(2020)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

METALCORE

TAGS:
Growl, Opera-Rock, Technical
"With "Guardians", August Burns Red rhymes consistency with redundancy."
NEWF (20.04.2020)  
2/5
(0) opinions (1) comment(s)
If there's one thing you can't blame August Burns Red for, it's his consistency. With seventeen years of existence and several Grammy Award nominations, the band is a veteran of melodic metalcore. Across the Atlantic, the quintet's reputation has never wavered, and the Americans' previous effort, "Phantom Anthem", released in 2017, was once again a great success, reaching the top of the charts immediately after its release. It is thus sure of its achievements and in a position of strength on a metalcore scene with an unfortunate tendency to go in circles that August Burns Red comes out with a ninth album, "Guardians", whose title alone can lead one to believe that the band is the guardian of a style that it has largely contributed to popularize.

From this point of view, the mission is largely fulfilled. August Burns Red concentrates on the fundamentals: death metal riffs, numerous rhythmic breaks and melodic guitar lines on which a guttural, often unison vocals are laid down, which are full of redemptive lyrics in the purest tradition of Christian rock, which the band claims to be ('The Narrative', 'Bones', 'Paramount', 'Defender', 'Dismembered Memory').

So there's nothing new in August Burns Red's music, whose coherence too often borders on redundancy. The problem is there. And the impression of always listening to the same song with the same composition tics is soon felt. The band tries to some atmospheric breaks on some tracks ('Lighthouse', 'Extinct By Instinct'), nothing helps and boredom quickly takes over, during fifty minutes of a recipe so calibrated that it rarely avoids formatting.

The light at the end of this long monotonous musical tunnel only comes at the very end of "Guardians" with the excellent 'Three Fountains' which, with its long introduction in clear sound and its progressive construction, brings a little originality to an album that is totally devoid of it. All the more so as it is also handicapped by a production rarely showing off its power, too often drowning the bass under the flood of guitars ('Bloodletter').

Even if, with "Guardians", August Burns Red's ambition is not to renew himself, a small effort of composition and originality would not have harmed his reputation. By repeating itself too much, the band doesn't serve its cause, nor that of metalcore, a musical style that's starting to run out of steam.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. The Narrative
02. Bones
03. Paramount
04. Defender
05. Lighthouse
06. Dismembered Memory
07. Ties That Bind
08. Bloodletter
09. Extinct By Instinct
10. Empty Heaven
11. Three Fountains

LINEUP:
Brent Rambler: Guitares
Dustin Davidson: Basse
Jake Luhrs: Chant
John Benjamin "jb" Brubaker[: Guitares
Matt Greiner: Claviers / Batterie
   
(0) MIND(S) FROM OUR READERS    
Top of the page
   
(1) COMMENT(S)    
 
 
STRUCK
30/04/2020
  0
Encore une fois, ce n'est pas avec cette nouvelle livraison qu'August Burns Red renouvellera le genre. Mais en a-t-il été question une seule fois ? Quoi qu’il soit, cette neuvième livraison s’avère une nouvelle fois d’une efficacité redoutable dans la droite lignée de ses prédécesseurs. Un album qui ravivera à coup sûr les fans qui ont porté aux nues le combo pennsylvaniens et qui continueront de le faire.
Top of the page
READERS
-/5 (0 view(s))
STAFF:
2.5/5 (2 view(s))
MY RATING
 
LAST NEWS
AUGUST BURNS RED: New video
 
OTHER REVIEWS
ARCHON ANGEL: Fallen (2020)
HEAVY METAL - Archon Angel signs with "Fallen" a seductive and efficient Heavy Metal record, very close to Savatage in some tracks.
BÄRLIN: The Dust Of Our Dreams (2020)
OTHERS - "The Dust Of Our Dreams" is a singular record with a strong personality lulled by the ramblings of a mystical music.
 
 
OTHER(S) REVIEWS ABOUT AUGUST BURNS RED
AUGUST-BURNS-RED_Death-Below
Death Below (2023)
3/5
-/5
AUTRE LABEL / METALCORE
 
F.A.Q. / You found a bug / Terms Of Use
Music Waves - Rock (Progressive, Alternative...), Hard Rock (AOR, Melodic,...) & Metal (heavy, progressive, melodic, ...) Media
Reviews, News, Interviews, Advices, Promotion, Releases, Concerts
© Music Waves | 2003 - 2024