August Burns Red might be the kings of what I would like to call the “gym-playlist brutal” opening track. Throughout their discography, there has been a hard hitting, opening track to introduce their albums that really get your adrenaline going (“Empire”, “Thirty and Seven”). Has it been a predictable formula? Perhaps, but as a compliment to the band, they have devised their own niche in what you would expect. It’s not that I believe that they feel comfortable, as there is a difference in pushing boundaries admits the musical confines of what you know. From here, ABR has provided us the first track off of their upcoming album, Found In Far Away Places named “The Wake”.
The track is appropriately titled and more of a furious warning. “The Wake” is in reference to the planet and the destruction we are causing it, almost as the last rites if we don’t get our collective acts together. Vocalist Jake Luhrs echoes his rough vocals into bellowed call-to-arms: “It’s only a matter of time until you choke on your indifference”. We have come to expect the dizzying intricate guitar work of guitarists JB Brubaker and Brent Rambler. Those staples are also here, albeit a little tuned down to further drive home the darkness of the musical content.
At the end of the song, there is a brief reprieve of light at the end of the tunnel with Luhrs beckoning us to “wake up, save yourself”. The song itself is simple in its message, but powerful as it’s a stark reality that we are currently facing. Throughout the career of August Burns Red, they have been very methodical in making songs with a message sandwiched into a song that everyone can mosh to. Does it reinvent the wheel? Not necessarily. August Burns Red does exactly what they set out to do with precision, but this will satisfy the fans that are familiar with their content. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, either.
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