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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”.

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.

We The Martyr Requests Sing-a-long From Fans

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2012 by A.R. Gervais

When I first heard We The Martyr was hosting a competition amongst fans “to put you in it!” my first impulse was to spew hot coffee all over the computer screen. Ok, maybe not, in fact I don’t even like coffee. It’s the most overrated drink ever, undrinkable without a half liter of condiments, makes you piss like it’s liquor (although if it does have some in it, this makes it far for awesome), is addictive, and doesn’t even get you high.

But, as we soon find out, this contest isn’t as great as it sounds:

Hey everyone , Cale’s making a Guitar Play through video for militia and wants to put you in it !!!! all you have to do is record yourself singing along to the gang vocals parts at the start and at 2:01.

Really? That’s it? Couldn’t be anything more bad-ass like doing guttural voice splits with the main vocalist? I guess not, just some more out of style sounding metalcore shouts, sounding like a gang of highschoolers. Pass.

Last Days of Humanity

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2012 by A.R. Gervais

This band gives the visceral experience of being flushed down a toilet filled with bloody shit.Sounds beats at your skull like babies pulverized in a meat grinder, monotonous cowbells drilling relentlessly out your eyeballs. That’s Last Days of Humanity… but don’t take my word for it, have a listen! :

The Brutal Review

Posted in Uncategorized on February 1, 2012 by A.R. Gervais

Welcome to the brutal review, where I attempt to bring you the best of metal.