August Burns Red | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
August Burns Red performing during the Rescue & Restore 10 Year Anniversary Tour at Emo's Austin in Austin, Texas on November 22, 2023, with JB Brubaker, Brent Rambler, Matt Greinerm, Jake Luhrs, and Dustin Davidson. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

By personally aiming beyond your perceived potential, you can truly grow. That's been the case every time August Burns Red record an album, and it's quietly turned the Pennsylvania quintet-John "JB" Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass]-into a two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated heavy music torchbearer.

Their journey began back in 2003 with marathon jam sessions on a farm belonging to Greiner’s family in the egg refrigerator. Embracing a diehard Rust Belt work ethic, they tirelessly pushed towards the top of heavy music with a series of critically acclaimed albums and countless gigs. A hard-earned high watermark, 2015's Found In Far Away Places marked their second consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200.

The single "Identity" notched a GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of "Best Metal Performance." A streaming juggernaut, both "Identity" and "Ghosts" [feat. Jeremy McKinnon] crossed the 3-million mark on Spotify. When it came time to record their eighth full-length Phantom Anthem [Fearless Records] with longtime producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, the game didn't change.

The musicians put their heads down and rallied around the same shared goal, uncorking a barrage of infectious intensity, the boys augmented and amplified the touchstones of their signature style on Phantom Anthem. The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy.
Fan reviews:

Positively slaps! I consider ABR top 5 best metal-core of all time. Maybe even top two. I’ve been seeing them live for a long long time now, and the tour they have with spite, bos, and crystal lake is a banger fest. They nailed every note and the vibes are masterful.

Amazing show! August Burns Red my favorite band! Amazing show.

Outstanding! ABR never disappoints. They continue to be one of the best bands around.

It was such an amazing concert! They were just as amazing as ever!
Setlist for the show at Emo's Austin
  • Chop Suey!
  • Provision
  • Treatment
  • Spirit Breaker
  • Count It All as Lost
  • Sincerity
  • Creative Captivity
  • Fault Line
  • Beauty in Tragedy
  • Animals
  • Echoes
  • The First Step
  • Carol of the Bells
  • Bloodletter
  • Revival
  • Composure
  • White Washed

August Burns Red was the main act at Emo's Austin with guests Brand Of Sacrifice, Spite, and Crystal Lake. They continue across the United States and Europe with the last stop at the When We Were Young Fest in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2024.

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