Release Date: Jun 30, 2015
Record label: Fearless Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal
On 2013's excellent Rescue & Restore, August Burns Red further expanded their definition of metalcore by making the notoriously atonal and punishing genre a little more hummable, albeit at a speed that would require Herculean murmuring skills. Found in Far Away Places, the band's seventh studio long player, doubles down on the group's more progressive leanings, offering up a diverse (for metalcore) 11-track set that evokes a wide range of influences, from Killswitch Engage to Ennio Morricone and Iron Maiden. As per usual, the band's breakdowns are huge, technically impressive heat blasts that fulfill any and all obligations to the genre, but they're tempered by equally dramatic instances of elliptical, palm-muted riffing as steeped in power metal as they are post-hardcore.
Not many bands are talented or creative enough to invent a style of riffing so inextricably tied to their sounds that there's no other way to describe the progression when others bite it. Which is to say, there aren't many bands like August Burns Red. After a scattered beginning, they etched out the blueprints on which they'd base their career on Messengers.