Two weeks ago AUGUST BURNS RED let the world in on a first taste of their fifth full-length album, Rescue & Restore, via a lyric video for scorching track “Fault Line.” The song stoked the fires of ABR’s rabid fanbase by receiving more than 130,000 plays in the first 24 hours and having since soared to more than 370,000 plays.
Now, the band is releasing the new track “Spirit Breaker.” In addition, ABR is also unveiling a free digital sampler of some of the band’s favorite tracks from their acclaimed previous releases. While “Spirit Breaker” is available to stream for everyone, only fans who sign up for the band’s mailing list will receive the sampler.
Listen to ‘Spirit Breaker,’ Download the Sampler and Preorder here.
“When picking songs to preview the album we wanted to share a variety of different songs as this album is pretty diverse,” explains guitarist JB Brubaker. “‘Spirit Breaker’ is one of the more melodic songs on Rescue & Restore and features one of my favorite clean sections on the album. It’s not as heavy as the majority of the album but we feel like it still hits hard and has the potential to be a great live song.”
Hand-picked by the band, the songs on the sampler provide a condensed version of AUGUST BURNS RED’s history to both longtime fans and recent converts, showcasing how the band’s sound has evolved as they have developed into one of the most respected acts in the genre.
Described by Brubaker as the band’s “most ambitious album yet,” Rescue & Restore turns a critical eye to the oft-maligned genre of metalcore, leading by example to prove that bands can still find exciting new ways to expand the genre.
Throughout the album, AUGUST BURNS RED continue to do their part to challenge the conventions of heavy music. Over the course of 11 tracks, the band artfully blend piano, cello, violin, trumpet, various percussive elements and more into their sonic arsenal, taking their music into new aesthetic territory and contorting the boundaries of the genre.
“Rescue & Restore is about challenging other bands and ourselves, as well as fans of this music, to want more than whatever happens to be the current buzz,” explains Brubaker. “We’ve done our best with each new album to try to push our sound in new directions and we’d like to see our peers do the same. People need to realize that there’s not much of a difference between a metalcore song that has a couple breakdowns with a repeating chorus and the latest Lady Gaga song. This genre used to be better than that. It can still be better than that.”