Label: Solid State
1. Thirty and Seven
3. Ocean of Apathy
4. "White Washed
5. "Marianas Trench
6. "The Escape Artist
When it appeared everyone was ditching the metalcore genre, August Burns Red releases a solid album proving that theory wrong. Constellations, in my opinion, is their best album to date, and has really set them apart from any other band out there.
The album starts off with a song called Thirty and Seven. Expecting the usual chug-a-lugs their fans so desperately seek, I was surprised to see them going a different route. Just as soon as you begin to hear the buildup for what would be the first breakdown on the album, they quickly move to the chorus. It would appear August Burns Red is not going to throw unnecessary breakdowns everywhere to please the masses.
Heading into Existence, their second song, I noticed the same fast paced tempo being used, and couldn’t really decipher this song from the last. This quickly changed as they introduced a well placed breakdown that offered a hint of melody at the end.
When I couldn’t have been more pleased with the album, the song White Washed lets me down. The intro to the song was structurally sound and perhaps my favorite. Unfortunately the breakdown was plagued with this shallow chorus: “Don’t say another word. You’ve crossed the line. I won’t hesitate to put you in your place.”
After carefully listening to Marianas Trench and Ocean of Apathy, I noticed August Burns Red mentions death by way of drowning on more than one occasion. Marianas Trench sees Luhrs drowning in the earth’s deepest ocean trench, and in Ocean of Apathy everything is cut out and swept under the floorboards, left to drown.
This album is one you can listen to over and over. The breakdowns are more brutal than ever without being overbearing, and the overall structure is near perfect. Individually, drummer Matt Greiner really stepped it up for this album, most notably in Indonesia where he dished out some killer blast beats. I would definitely recommend everyone check out Constellations.