I have tried to listen to as little metalcore as possible the last couple of years because I almost OD’d on it back when when every band out there seemed to be making the same album. There are however still a couple of bands that still do it for me. August Burns Red for example.
Ever since ABR started out they have been cranking out releases at a very consistent pace, continually getting more proficient and effective. It should therefore come as no surprise that on “Rescue & Restore” these dudes once again sound a little tighter than before and that things have become even more technical without losing sight of the fact that songs are best served with some melody.
They also seem to be very aware of the fact that there are only so many chugga chugga riffs and guitar squeals a guy can take and they’re not afraid to inject their material with some elements that may seem way out there for a metalcore album. Take “Creative Captivity” for example that comes with some quirky percussion in the middle before a trumpet kicks in. It’s much to the band’s credit that they not only try these things, but pull them off as well.