August Burns Red are one of the most consistently solid metalcore bands around. It’s awfully hard to call any of their records outright bad, or really even mediocre. and while the band’s 2009 album Constellations is a definite fan favorite, there’s a strong case for almost any one of their records to be considered their best.
It’s with that being said that ABR’s new single, “Defender”, still maintains the quality you’ve come to expect from the metalcore veterans – but it also still manages to sound fairly fresh. The song arrives off their upcoming new album, Guardians, which drops this April. You can also check out the tracklisting and impressive album art below.
Grammy-nominated and Gold-selling hard rock heavyweights Killswitch Engage have announced their Spring 2020 North American tour plans. The band, recently recognized by Forbes as “one of modern metal’s most cherished acts” will return to the road to headline clubs and theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The trek kicks off on March 10 in Cleveland and runs through April 12 in Boston. Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s own August Burns Red will serve as main support for all of the dates. Additional acts appearing on the tour will be announced at a later date. All tour dates are below and tickets will go on sale on Friday, November 8 at 10am local time and are available here.
August Burns Red know how to get festive and celebrate the holiday season in metallic style. The band is known for its heavy covers of Christmas classics and has played a holiday show in its native Lancaster, Pennsylvania every year since 2006. However, ABR are taking things up a notch this year with the first-ever Christmas Burns Red Festival.
No strangers to themed music (see: the shredding on their Christmas cover albums), August Burns Red can do pretty much anything they want and it’ll sound compelling. Since their 2007 sophomore album Messengers, they’ve really gained fame as a band who, while staying mostly in the metalcore genre, are one of the genre’s leading lights. Their willingness to experiment with different instrumentals also does this.
What does the Lancaster band do next? Record a cover of the theme from the iconic game series, The Legend Of Zelda? Yeah! And it sounds pretty on-point, we think. The song is off the band’s Phantom Sessions EP, due out in February on Fearless Records.