After nearly two years, August Burns Red has finally dropped a new track for fans to feed on. I can gladly say that it was well worth the wait. “Fault Line” is perfect for metalcore fans of any kind, especially for long-time August Burns Red fans. It contains everything that one would expect to hear, plus a few slick surprises thrown in here and there.
The song starts off with a sincere lead guitar part, soon to be joined by thick and heavy rhythm. The rhythm guitar follows a chord progression we’ve all heard before, but it’s pleasing to the ear nonetheless. As expected, the fast verses and monstrous low screams are still ever-present.
But if you truly want to keep people happy, you have to throw in some new tricks eventually. The band’s 2011 release Leveler featured group vocals, an instrumental track, and a taste of what fans dubbed “salsacore” – the introduction of Latino-influenced guitar and percussion parts. “Fault Line,” which is to be featured on the band’s next full-length Rescue & Restore, reveals to us that vocalist Jake Luhrs has now successfully executed the ability to scream with pitch. He follows in the footsteps of several other vocalists in the metalcore scene, such as Oli Sykes of Bring Me the Horizon and Lawrence Taylor of While She Sleeps.
August Burns Red’s first single provides vibes that fans have always loved, as well as a few new additions that are bound to raise anticipation for this summer’s release. Rescue & Restore will be released on June 25th through Solid State Records.