Hard rock outfit Project 86 have been around for quite a while. Their debut came in 2000, entitled Drawing Black Lines, followed by Truthless Heroes 2002, and Songs to Burn Your Bridges By in 2004. Following these releases were And the Rest Will Follow (2005), Rival Factions (2007), Picket Fence Cartel (2009), a live compilation, XV. Live. (2010), Wait for the Siren (2012), and their latest, Knives to the Future (2014). Although their success might not be immediately evident, they are one of the essential Christian hard rock artists of today.
Songs to Burn Your Bridges By (2004): 14 tracks, 50 minutes
When you think of prominent women in history, one comes to mind in particular; Mary the mother of Jesus. She suffered many hardships and mistreatments, though it may be nothing compared to what many women of the persecuted church faced, she still had a hard life initially. She was a chaste, humble, and thoughtful young woman, which are very desirable qualities, by any standard. Continue reading
Throughout its short history, the United States has faced many trials, threats to personal liberty, and internal unrest. Setbacks such as the Civil War, racial tension, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks have attempted to rattle the foundation of our country. The United States of America has been a beacon of freedom ever since its hard-won inception in the eighteenth century and scores of influential men and women have battled enemies to maintain it.
Returning 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 . . .” 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.
I recently went on vacation for 11 days out to the west coast. My family and I toured several National Parks and other natural areas and we were able to see some amazing things. I put together a short video featuring the highlights of the trip.
In 2007, August Burns Red returned with their sophomore LP, Messengers. This record is no “sophomore slump” as many other bands are prone to be subjected to. With the epic blend of the then newly-acquired vocalist Jake Luhrs’ songwriting, the polished, yet profoundly heavy guitar work by J.B. Brubaker and Brent Rambler, and the ever-intense, talented drumming of Matt Greiner, Messengers works out to be one of the all-time greatest ABR records, garnering several hits: “Truth of a Liar,” “Back Burner,” and “Composure.”
Messengers (2007): 11 songs, 48 minutes.
Clean cut, suburban, Lancaster-based hard-rockers August Burns Red released their first full LP in 2005 with Thrill Seeker. For this effort, vocals are courtesy of Josh McManness. Since then, they’ve gained a new lead vocalist Jake Luhrs, as well as a loyal following among metalcore fanatics. Since their hugely popular and successful Constellations album of 2009, ABR have delved deeper into creating their own unique sound. 2011’s Leveler, 2013’s Rescue & Restore, and their latest, Found in Far Away Places (2015) have shown themselves to be increasingly disinterested in the metalcore norm.
Thrill Seeker (2005): 11 songs, 44 minutes.