Sounds from Far Away Places

August Burns Red - Found in Far Away Places [Deluxe Version]

Busy in the studio every two years, August Burns Red reconvened in 2015 with Found in Far Away Places, their sixth full-length record since the band’s inception in 2003. Unsurprisingly, their sixth LP builds from the foundation of their fifth record, Rescue & Restore, which aimed to create an alternate take on the complacent metalcore genre. Likewise, Found in Far Away Places makes this quest its manifesto as well, but whereas Rescue & Restore might have managed to fool casual listeners into thinking it was just another metalcore album with singles like “Fault Line” and “Spirit Breaker,” the banjo breakdowns and surf-rock inspired sections included in Found in Far Away Places cause listeners to do a double-take: “Wait, this is August Burns Red I’m listening to, right?” Yes, indeed, my metalhead friend.

Found in Far Away Places [Deluxe Version] (2015): 14 songs, 65 minutes

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“The South-Side Window” – A Short Story

Constable Davis sat down to read. He often did this during his recovery from his encounter with Mrs. Hartley. It was about eight thirty in the evening, his typical time for leisure reading. He picked up the book he had been slowly chipping away at for the past couple weeks entitled The South-Side Window. It consisted of a modern-day mystery about a series of crimes committed using a window on the south side of the house in question as a means of entrance. This particular book fascinated him, as he loved a well-written mystery as much as anyone.

In fact, he was so engrossed in the literature that he failed to notice a slight creak as the south window of his apartment opened and a mysterious figure entered into the dwelling.

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“Leveling” the Playing Field

I’m trying something new on this review. I’ve listened more intently to the music to imitate mainstream reviews, while still maintaining my worldview analysis of the lyrics. Any comments or criticisms on this new style are much appreciated.

Leveler SpecialAugust Burns Red have distinguished themselves as one of the most progressive bands in metalcore as they’ve grown from a startup band into a group with formidable potency. As they developed their hard-hitting, devastatingly heavy sound that has earned them a following in the hardcore community with their first three LPs, 2005’s Thrill Seeker, 2007’s Messengers, and 2009’s Constellations, they realized an excess of complacency within the genre and it drove them to create a refreshing sound for their 2011 effort Leveler. Although not nearly as technically proficient as 2013’s Rescue & Restore or 2015’s Found in Far Away Places, it proved to be a huge shift in the mindset of the Lancaster-based quintet.

Leveler [Special Edition] (2011): 16 tracks, 67 minutes

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“Shipwreck”

This is a song that I was working on a while ago. The lyrics just sort-of flowed out of me, but I haven’t come up with any music for it yet. It’s inspired by the songs of the band Attalus, specifically their album Into the Sea and the songs “Safe,” “O the Depths,” and “Message in a Bottle.”

Sifting through the remnants of past glories

Searching for anything worth my time

Yet still loyal to my past, like the Tories

Seeking purpose in this melody and rhyme

Sick of the person I’ve become

I can’t even bear to see myself in the mirror

I, to every fleeting pleasure succumb

But all I feel is darkness drawing nearer

The feeling comes; it must be the end

This is that point of breaking

When I have nothing left to lend

My loathing soul, its thirst needs slaking

My life, it’s surely sunk

Plunging downward through black waves

My maiden voyage was a flunk

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