August Burns Red – Rescue And Restore

Posted in Uncategorized on July 3, 2013 by A.R. Gervais


With the release of their new album on June 25 , Rescue and Restore, August Burns Red returns with an impressive display of their progressive talent. While remaining true to their original sound it certainly is not a stale rehash of previous recordings.

When I first gave this one a listen I wasn’t sure what to think of it, as the previous titles seemed to deliver less of a punch than Messenger had, and I was hoping to see a return to that sound. Although the band appears to be continuing along their progressive path I am glad to say that this title resets expectations of what to hear out of this quintet from Manheim, Pennsylvania in the future.

While not necessarily attempting to redefine anything , they certainly did strive to create songs that aren’t reliant on the musical crutches others have resorted to in the past. Instead they wove together a composition of songs considerably more technical and complex than previously attempted, offering a fresh sound that switches between soft string crescendos; classical interludes and bouts of beautifully heavy breakdowns accompanied strangely melodic and uplifting riffs. It’s a blend that is sure to please both fans and new comers alike.

J.B has made comments regarding the bands tedium with what has become the status quo amongst most metalcore bands, indicating clearly their desire and motivation for the album’s new approach to their songwriting:

“Metalcore is not an interesting genre at this point,” remarks August Burns Red guitarist JB Brubaker. “It’s very repetitive and predictable; I want more than breakdowns and pop choruses these days.” – J.B,

““Obviously I love this music or I wouldn’t be playing it, but I’m not 18 anymore and we’ve got to progress,” Brubaker continues. “And while we’re not trying to reinvent our sound with the new record, we’re definitely trying to broaden the spectrum of what is possible in this music. I feel like we have to.” J.B,

He describes the album as to “…push the boundaries of our genre more than we ever have before. We set out to write a record where every song stands out from the last. There is a lot of ground covered here and a ton of meat to this album. It’s full of odd metered rhythms and breakdowns, unexpected twists and turns, and some of our most technical riffing to date. Each of us have parts that make our heads spin and we have had to practice like crazy to get some of this stuff together. I know we always say this, but this will be our most ambitious album yet.”

It’s probably safe to say they have achieved their aim in Rescue & Restore, but to what extent (and if this is a step in a good direction) remains to be decided by the devoted listener. I highly recommend picking up a copy if you are a fan of this style, you won’t be disappointed.





Hellfest 2012 Lineup Confirmed

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2012 by A.R. Gervais

The annual French metal festival held in Clisson, France, is back again with another brilliant showcase of diverse performances. Headlining bands include Megadeth, Blue Oyester Cult and Motley Crew.

Dates have been set between the 15-17th of June. Headline acts are as follows:*

June 15:

Lynyrd Skynrd

June 16:

Guns N Roses
Within Temptation

June 17:

Black Sabbath
Motley Crue
Blue Oyster Cult

It’s a bit odd to see Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blue Oyester cult open an event such as Hellfest, but sure why not I guess. Some other headlining bands performing on various stages include:*

June 15: King Diamond, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth
June 16: Machine Head, Entombed, Behemoth, Saint Vitus
June 17: Lamb of God, Trivium, Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, Biohazard


There’s a full list of who will be playing and where they will be staged in the poster below:


*List and other sources, including the event poster, found at

Review: Lamb Of God – “Resolution”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2012 by A.R. Gervais

Review: Lamb Of God – “Resolution”.

Review: Lamb Of God – “Resolution”

Posted in Headline/Showcase with tags , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2012 by A.R. Gervais

After three years since their album, “Wrath”, one would expect another mind blowing display of technicality and fist-fight inducing rhythms from this Virginia five piece, and rightly so they would not be disappointed.

Providing another decent thrashing, “Resolution” opens with a scream as harsh as their themed message , the downfall of humanity through over industrialization (a theme present in previous albums as well) followed by a slow but brutal ballad. The album throughout offers a standard reminiscent of “Wrath”, but with a crux of it’s own that makes your ears plead for more. I tried to find a negative in this but was hard pressed; in fact I found the more I wrote the more only a grotesque display of ass kissing would come out into words. Oh well, Lamb of God has certainly earned it.

With a release on Jan. 24 and a third place on the official ARIA chart, there’s no doubt these Virginian sons of metal are back in full force, glory and all. Recorded in their home state with producer John Wilbur for a second time since “Wrath” and released around the world through Roadrunner Records, “Resolution” has pleased (or, at least, is projected to please) over fifty thousand U.S citizens within its first seven days, which is not too far from the mark of their previous sixty eight thousand back in 2009 (“Wrath”). A definite worthy investment for any fan of metal and sure as shit to give you a chub.

Song: “King Me”

Album: “Resolution”

Year: 2012

You can purchase it online here.

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Severed Savior

Posted in Band Showcase/ Commentary on February 2, 2012 by A.R. Gervais

This group comes with a side effect of hemorrhaging and sever whiplash, with the impulse for murder.  Technically brutal and brutally technical, Severed Savior offers a flavor that will crush your genitals.

Song: Question

Album: Servile Insurrection

Year: 2008

Vomit The Soul

Posted in Band Showcase/ Commentary, Uncategorized on February 2, 2012 by A.R. Gervais

These Italians must use the meat of sliced up children for their pizza, because this shit slays all things innocent. Vomit The Soul, which may or may not be a take after that Cannibal Corpse song, lends a favorable earful to any fan of brutal death metal. Reminiscent of Dying Fetus and early Decrepit Birth (And Time Begins era) this is an act sure to throttle your brains out in an uncontrollable fit of headbanging.

Song: Decay of an Inviolable Dogma
Year: 2009
Album: Apostles of Inexpression

Can be found online here.

Trigger The Bloodshed

Posted in Band Showcase/ Commentary on February 2, 2012 by A.R. Gervais

What’s it like to feel a man’s face shatter beneath your fist? For those unfamiliar, these guys will make you feel like you did. Straight from the town of Bath, England, Trigger The Bloodshed brutalizes the scene with well a well crafted destructive force.

Song: De-breed (2010)