Metalcore giants August Burns Red are gearing up to release their fourth album, entitled “Leveler,” available June 21st, 2011 through Solid State Records. Today, the band give the public its first taste of “Leveler” by streaming the lead track “Empire” on its Facebook page. Click here to check it out.
“Empire” is a pretty intense song and we feel it starts the album out with a bang, explains guitarist/principle songwriter JB Brubaker. My favorite part is the melodic section in the middle with the group singing. We’ve never done anything like that before and it makes the song special for me.
For those who think the s-word (singing) means the band has “mellowed” out, be warned: “Empire” is a blistering track that sets the stage for an album that is unquestionably heavier than the band’s 2009 breakout “Constellations.” Similarly, detractors should be warned that the band isn’t content with recycling past tricks. Fans wanting to catch August Burns Red live across the U.S. this summer will be able to check them out at Van’s Warped Tour, delivering the band to almost every major market across North America.