“Constellations” Shines Bright

August Burns Red - ConstellationsReturning to the music scene again in 2009 with their third record, Constellations, August Burns Red continued to add to its loyal following. Constellations is widely regarded as the band’s most successful record and quite possibly their breakthrough into the metal “in-crowd”. Keeping in tune with Messengers, ABR continues the odd-meter riffs and devastatingly heavy breakdowns, fit for a massive mosh pit. However, Constellations marked an ending for the band. Growing increasingly estranged from the attitudes of contemporary metalcore bands, J.B. Brubaker commented “I feel like anyone who can pick up and play a guitar and learn to play a metalcore riff and any drummer who can learn to play a thrash beat over a breakdown is doing it . . .”[1] This has fueled their desire to be more progressive in their musical endeavors. You’ll hear less of the straight riff/breakdown songs and more of the unusual on 2011’s Leveler, 2013’s Rescue & Restore, and their latest and most technically advanced, Found in Far Away Places (2015).

Constellations (2009): 12 tracks, 47 minutes.

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