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August Burns Red: Thrill SeekerThrill Seeker (2005)
Solid State Records

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Contributed by: crazytoledocrazytoledo
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August Burns Red's Solid State debut, Thrill Seeker, is a straight up metalcore release that follows every single rule in the book of metalcore. I don't really know if that it is a good or bad thing, as the band is young enough that they could eventually bring some creative ideas to the mix. And whi.
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August Burns Red's Solid State debut, Thrill Seeker, is a straight up metalcore release that follows every single rule in the book of metalcore. I don't really know if that it is a good or bad thing, as the band is young enough that they could eventually bring some creative ideas to the mix. And while the lack of originality is present throughout the entire album, they do earn some credit for doing what they do better than a lot of other bands in the genre.

On tracks like "Too Late for Roses" and "Consumer," the songs are as predictable as a Disney Original Movie. The songs are filled with unoriginal riffs, loads of breakdowns, and the standard shouted vocals. The thing is, while they shouldn't appear to be anything special, they really flirt with breaking above the mold. Sure, the shouting is rather generic and nothing special, but at least they don't throw in the overused clean singing for no apparent reason. And while the guitar work, drumming, and bass aren't orignial or creative, they can at least sound better than they actually are. The dual guitars are nothing special in terms of originality or technicality, but at least they sound good enough to not be a downside of the band, and sometimes are even interesting. While August Burns Red is doing nothing new, on tracks like "Barbarian," their formula works well enough that they actually can produce a standout song, though they still aren't really memorable.

August Burns Red's Solid State debut shows that the band does have some chops, but they still haven't learned how to master them. They stick to the rulebook too much and really seem to be using what other bands started to make this disc, and because of it, Thrillseeker will never be a respected or appreciated album. But since the band only founded two years ago and still are young, they at least have the opportunity to overhaul their sound into something with a little more power and technicality.

If you have a steady diet of metalcore, then you should eat up August Burns Red. If not, you'll just hear some generic core band you're going to hate. While August Burns Red aren't terrible, they aren't great and really aren't good enough to recommend.

 

 
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contrast87 (March 22, 2007)

band is crazy

Left_Tee (November 27, 2006)

This album is a great listen, I dont agree with basher mcgee in the review, This band is great and they deserve a decent review. Screw the fact that they are young and have potential. This album compares with albums of hardcore pioneers like In Flames and Unearth and those sweedish type bands out there. Who ever said breakdown are breakdowns, are wrong...Every band does breakdownz...Thats where originality should be at it's full potential. August Burns Red might need a bit of improvement there...But that's it. I personnally think they we're just having fun writting them and didn't pay much attention to being labelled. I'm no writter or reviewer but I can tell you this. If you like hardcore/punk you'll like this, it's melodic and has a good groove to it. The musicians are talented and "yes" they do have potential to being a "super" band, but then again...All bands do.

epilougex (October 31, 2006)

lol @ best metalcore album ever.

i agree with the dood below, go listen to misery signals.

i do however enjoy this band quite a bit. its pretty generic but they are a pretty solid act. and wowzers the drummer is really good.

crazytoledo (May 12, 2006)

Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 12:21 PM (EDT)

Hey, this is the best metalcore album ever. So shut the fuck up, asshole.


Hahahahahahaha...

No.

This album has not a ounce of originality. Sure, the metalcore genre isn't exactly 'fresh,' but I can name a crap load of bands doing their own thing within the genre and they do it better than August Burns Red.

And Misery Signals actually has something called originality and they're better than August Burns Red.

And 'Alaska' is one of my favorite albums of 2005. It just simply kicks ass in both terms of originality and talent.

Anonymous (May 5, 2006)

BTBAM is awesome but Alaska is not as polished of a record as The Silenct Circus was. I'd say that this band is better than BTBAM in comparison to Alaska but not The Silent Circus. TSC kicks ass and I don't care WHAT you say.

As far as this album goes... I dunno. It's ok. It won't ruin your weekend to listen to. I have a couple friends who got me into this band whom don't really know anything about metalcore but, hell it aint that bad. They may not be groundbreaking but they do what they do well

Anonymous (May 3, 2006)

oh and to compare august burns red to misery signals is an insult. august burns red is fucking awesome with the transitions, riffs, and breakdowns and misery signals is on the opposite end of the spectrum. they suck ass

Anonymous (May 3, 2006)

agreed. best metalcore album ever

Anonymous (May 2, 2006)

Hey, this is the best metalcore album ever. So shut the fuck up, asshole.

crazytoledo (March 11, 2006)

The one thing that BTBAM lacks, is the ability to create a visual surrounding with their music. It's not a constant onslaught of music with crazy riffs, it's very empty sounding and kind of depressing.

Dude, listen to some of those songs and there is a pretty sweet visual. If anythingm you described August Burns Red.

but neither one of them provide me with the kind of instrumental stimulation of the senses that ABR does. Thrill seeker was one of the first albums since DEP that really made me sit back and say "holy shit these guys are good".

Throwing August Burns Red into the field of DEP and BTBAM is laughable. First off, they lack the talent of the formally mentioned bands. More importantly, both DEP and BTBAM have two key factors that August Burn Red don't even come close to having. They have originality and creativity.

And the dudes from BTBAM are young as well.

Can't wait to check their cover album.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

By the way, that was the ONLY comment I had posted.. And yes, Between the Buried and me is awesome, I listened to alaska once and the silent circuis twice yesterday while at work.... But they're not half as polished as ABR. The one thing that BTBAM lacks, is the ability to create a visual surrounding with their music. It's not a constant onslaught of music with crazy riffs, it's very empty sounding and kind of depressing.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love those 2 albums, but neither one of them provide me with the kind of instrumental stimulation of the senses that ABR does. Thrill seeker was one of the first albums since DEP that really made me sit back and say "holy shit these guys are good". But if you didn't say that to yourself, then I dunno. Maybe you generalize music too much as "metalcore" and can't truly appreciate incredible musicianship at such a young age. Plus these are the nicest guys you'll ever meet.
I dunno, maybe I need to get stoned and listen to BTBAM again to start to re-appreciate it, but with Thrill Seeker it's not needed.

By the way, I don't believe in God, but more power to these crazy bastards for it if it will help them write such great music.

crazytoledo (March 9, 2006)

Before you bash this album, throw down your shitty black/death metal cd's, cut your black curly iron maiden hair, and get a life.

1. Into a little bit of death metal, don't care about black metal
2. My hair isn't black; It doesn't even pass my eyes in the front and I try to keep the back short
3. I have a life, apperently you don't. We all know that it's the same person posting under the annoymous account repeatedly.

And you want me to name a better band that can play fast and is young?

I'll do you one better, I'll name a band that's filled with originality and creativity, as well as some of the most proficient musicians around and a worthy voicalist.

What band is that?

Between the Buried and Me

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

i dont even like, metal or metalcore but this is the best damn band i have ever heard, no bullshit, fucking a mind blowing experience

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

passion

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

passion

Anonymous (March 9, 2006)

Ok, I've read all this bullshit about this album.. I bought it, and loved it, I listen to anything from further seems forever to converge to ed gein and everything inbetween. You have to truly appreciate instrument technicality to understand a band, and when you can't do that, ( aka liking bands that play shitty metal and just growl into the mic with their shitty megadeth hair over their eyes ) then you won't like this album whatsoever.
People who hate bands simply because they are labeled in a certain type of genre sound kind of hitleristic. Just as I hate most bands in the same genre as Opeth was back in the day but with their musical understanding, they make some great music. I would like for someone to show me a band that can play as fast and technical as these guys, with great song structure, and meaningful lyrics, without sluggishly chug-chugging while some fag growls and the drummer plays a beat that my 13 year old brother can play, but calling it cool because it's not "metalcore".
I saw these guys live and they played their instruments per the album to a fucking "T". These guys are light years ahead of their time as far as age and technicality go. The guy way way way way the fuck down below said it best " They're like if Unearth grew up listening to dillinger ". That pretty much sums it up. Unearth is good, but Dillinger will kick your asshole into next week.
Before you bash this album, throw down your shitty black/death metal cd's, cut your black curly iron maiden hair, and get a life. 18-21 year olds praying before a show and tearing shit up more than half of the so-called "metal" bands out there ever could. Have fun at Ozz-Fest at the main stage with the other 35 year old rednecks.

crazytoledo (March 7, 2006)

I've been listening to some post hardcore recently, but when I decide to listen to some metalcore I'm gonna be listening to God Forbid.

Now that's a great band.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

You can all eat my asshole if you hate these fellas, sweet fuckin tunes, saw them last month and they tore shit up.......

Anonymous (March 6, 2006)

I still listen to this cd all the way through about 3 times a week, I am sorry you are missing out

crazytoledo (February 28, 2006)

So do you still listen to this now? It haven't even played a few songs straight through in a long time.

Anonymous (February 23, 2006)

'A shot below the belt' makes up for any track isn't so great.

Anonymous (February 23, 2006)

Trying to make fun of the music someone enjoys is like saying that their favorite color is stupid. Think about it...make sense yet? If not, you are retarded in the most literal sense of the word.

You little kids get so caught up trying to act like your personal music library consists of only the hardest, most esoteric bands that you talk down on perfectly entertaining music just because it's semi-popular.

Anonymous (February 19, 2006)

If everything were about originality, there would be one metal band. At least they're extremely good at doing the thing.

crazytoledo (February 13, 2006)

Here's some lyrics from this very August Burns Red Cd:

'Too Late for Roses'

This is my downfall - my blemish, I've been told before.
Quit holding on to what she was.
She doesn't recognize you or herself anymore.
She's stuck in the process of embracing what crumbles,
and when it happens there will be no apologies.
She chose to collapse what held her

Intereting that they fit into your typical metalcore band lyric wise, yet you said they had great lyrics.

Anonymous (February 13, 2006)

"The Rules of Stereotypical Metalcore:
1. have lots of stupid and meaningless lyrics about "her" or "she" and dying and stuff
2. have lots of "swedish" parts in 6/8 with harmonized guitars that are like two-steps, except not really
3. have slow chuggy breakdowns that everybody can see from 5 miles away
4. include "wee wee's" in said breakdowns
5. suck"

i actually listen to metalcore, but this is some of the funniest shit i ever read

crazytoledo (February 11, 2006)

There boring.

Please leave.

Anonymous (February 8, 2006)

the thing i like best about ABR is that they are young, and they are preps. i myself happen to be a prep and i listen to hardcore.metalcore.death metal.black metal.thrash and some screamo. and the fact that these guys are christian, is awesome. i support these guys in everyway i can. even you dont like them, get used to the fact that you will be seeing their name all over the place soon. i have to admit, when i first heard their name i wasnt too impressed, and when i saw a small picture of them on loudside.com, i wasnt impressed either. they look like a million other bands and they arent eye catching. but after buying there cd, going to their concerts, and reading about them for weeks straight, i am very impressed. their music is very good and swarmed with talent.

Anonymous (February 8, 2006)

i think some kid down on the discussion board said ABR was emo....wtf is wrong with that kid. i saw these guys live and they put on an amazing show. they completely stole it away from the other bands who were bigger than them. Nodes of Ranvier, Sinai Beach etc. for a debut, i give this a 9.5 out of 10, because no cd is perfect. as i lay dying has been my favorite band for years, but once they put out Shadows are Security, it seems as if they have been slacking off, doing the same riff the entire way through the songs. then Thrill Seeker came out, and I ordered it the night i saw the e-card. i have been happy ever since, because NO band sounds like these guys. so for all you losers on this discussion board who like punk and emo, go slit your wrist you stupid cutters. ABR is better than all of your crap

Anonymous (February 8, 2006)

you have no freakin clue what you're talking about. they have very complex riffs and their drummer is extremely talented. it seems like this gay website gives all these amazing cd's horrible reviews. punk is dead and no one on here has any idea what they are talking about. but then again i guess you all listen to stupid bands like AFI and Hawthorne Heights. the epitamy of retarded bands

crazytoledo (February 6, 2006)

new as in Zao album...

crazytoledo (February 6, 2006)

I just got the new (well 2004 new) album and it's quite good.

And I plan on reviewing the Remembering Never cd for my own purposes, boy could that album suck or be medicore.

Anyways, just because you can play doesnt mean you can be interesting. Now I think I am going to check out some Through the Eyes of the Dead soon and maybe more of Killing the Dream.

Anonymous (February 3, 2006)

Ok I might register for a account a little later or something, I am to lazy right now. I guess those were christian sites that you posted. but there was two others that weren't that I saw, I will get the link later becuase my internet is slow right now.
But I just don't understand how you think the are boring, I am someone who listens to only metal, seriously I don't listen to anything else. And this cd has been almost the only thing I have listend to since it came out. I just think it is amazing and better then anything i have ever heard before. And just so you know the drummer for ABR is way better then a life once lost's drummer. that is one reason I don't see how you think this alblum is boring, just listen to the drummer he is never boring always doing something sweet. I guess you will never chagne your mind on what you think, but niether will I, I know great hardcore/metal music when I hear it. ok peace

crazytoledo (February 2, 2006)

I could if some of the songs werent extremly boring.

Anonymous (February 2, 2006)

catchy, unrelenting metalcore.

take it for what it is.

crazytoledo (January 31, 2006)

abr does none of this. your review is full of silly contradictions. how can you say that they are 100% stereotypical metalcore in one breath, and in the next breath talk about their gang vocals?

Aiden and Haste the Day have gang vocals on their latest releases.

So yes, typical metalcore albums do have gang vocals om them from time to time.

crazytoledo (January 31, 2006)

A majority of the sites did seeem to say what it truly is, a freaking good band! or wait you are right and they are all wrong huh? and it makes me laugh that you went to someone else's review and had to comment bad about it, ur funny.

Well in all fairness I do post and read through that site from time to time, therefore it's like me making a comment for a review on this site of a band I reviewed, but it already got reviewed.

Anyways:

http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/cdrevie ws/ThrillSeeker.asp

They also gave these scores:

Relient K: 4.5/5
Demon Hunter: 4.5/5

http://www.wisemenpromotions.com/christian reviews/august burns red.htm

They also gave these scores:

As I Lay Dying (Shadows are Security): 4.5 out of 5 (better than what i gave it and you complained about that!)
Latest POD album: 4 out of 5

Also, those sites are all christian type sites that dont list a lot of actual metal, go to an actual metal site next time please, or link me.

A life once lost? Thank you for proving that you don't know heavy music well, they both sound pretty different. Sometimes I wonder why I even write you back becuase yuo make no sense.

As for the A Life Once Lost comparision, I wasn't the only one to say that, it's also a comparision made in an issue of Decibel, which gave August Burn Red a 6. And the comparision was a little bit more leaning towards the drums.

And anyways, I don't know why I referenced them to A Life Once Lost, A life Once Lost isn't a horribly generic, yet talented band. They can bring it.

P.S. Register for a bloody account dude.

Anonymous (January 30, 2006)

"Actually, a majority of the sites about this band have seemed to say what it truly is.
It's boring and isn't orignal or memorable."

hmmmm, lets see. I went to google and looked for the reviews, and wow they pretty much agreed with me. One of them said they were kind of original and boring, but did it better then most bands. and they gave them a 4 out of 5. the next site, 4.5 out of 5. then lets see a 9 out of 10, then a 9.2 out of ten. A majority of the sites did seeem to say what it truly is, a freaking good band! or wait you are right and they are all wrong huh? and it makes me laugh that you went to someone else's review and had to comment bad about it, ur funny.

A life once lost? Thank you for proving that you don't know heavy music well, they both sound pretty different. Sometimes I wonder why I even write you back becuase yuo make no sense.

yes I don't type everything perfect because i am just writing this really fast. I know it's "hard" to take in, sorry for typing are, but it is funny that you have to bring that up becuase who really cares? anyways later girl

crazytoledo (January 30, 2006)

And since we don't have an edit feature (I really wish we did), I must add in another message.

Please do some proofreading, sure I typo words, but on your statemnt you were using wrong words or missing words in your post.

crazytoledo (January 30, 2006)

It's funny to me how there is barley anyone who agrees with you, even though I know you are going to say a lot of people do.

Actually, a majority of the sites about this band have seemed to say what it truly is.

It's boring and isn't orignal or memorable.

Why dont you write your own review so I can see how big of a fan boy you are for this band.

crazytoledo (January 30, 2006)

crazy you are just retarded ok? I know it's are to take in

Wow, the irony.

it's are to take in

WTF!

crazytoledo (January 30, 2006)

Name a band that sounds anywhere near them, and that does it better?

Let's see, A Life Once Lost? Maybe Misery Signals?

And it's actually you that should just shut it. Why? Because you find yourself cool and all by going out and calling some a retard merly because you dont agree with their view on a single relase. That is one of the stupidest things I've witnessed in some time.

Grow up, respect my right to my opinion, and realize that not everyone is going to like a band you like.

And it got a 5, which is average, so I'm not saying this is horrible, it's just not great, it's only average, but thats not bad in todays music scene.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

crazy you are just retarded ok? I know it's are to take in, but just face it you are. It's funny to me how there is barley anyone who agrees with you, even though I know you are going to say a lot of people do.

ANyways you wrote, "They arent doing anything that hasnt been done before and thats been done better." Name a band that sounds anywhere near them, and that does it better? I can't think of anything. I bet you can't either, acutally I know you can't becuase you are retarded, sorry for even asking, haha. But really you won't be able to becuase there isn't anything out there that sounds like them. But it is hard for any of us to get a point across becuase you don't seem to know heavy music very well. So why don't you go listen to your country music and leave the heavy stuff to people that know what they are talking about, thanks

crazytoledo (January 23, 2006)

P.S. That wasnt really BD from Maiden, it was used in the review for humor and to help describe how bland they are.

1. they have some vague lyrics, but that's not what we're arguing about. you said they are 100% predictable metalcore. they have songs with MESSAGES, about the dangers of consumerism...a sing-along that says "grab the wheel, make this life yours"...if anything that line is typical hardcore, not metalcore. my point was that with lines like that, its ridiculous to call it typical metalcore.
2. yeah i know "their is" swedish influences. you ignored all the rest of what i said about the 6/8 parts. if you knew what stereotypical metalcore was, then you would know exactly what i'm talking about.
3. yes, the breakdowns are faster. and usually unexpected, and in difficult time signatures...making them different from the stereotypical brand.
4. wee wee's is just a word for the real high dissonant chords lots of metalcore bands play. it seems strange you know so much about metalcore yet don't know what i mean by that
5. not just metalcore...STEREOTYPICAL metalcore. DUH. pay attention!!!!

1. so many bands try to spread a message, hell, even remembering never do.

4. a breakdown is a breakdown

I think that's the main point I'm trying to say. They arent doing anything that hasnt been done before and thats been done better.

Drop your August Burns Red fan boy boner at the door and then we'll talk.

Anonymous (January 23, 2006)

it comes as no surprise to me that iron maiden wouldn't like this band. i don't care. i probably disagree with iron maiden about many things.

your arguments ignore the main points i was making

1. they have some vague lyrics, but that's not what we're arguing about. you said they are 100% predictable metalcore. they have songs with MESSAGES, about the dangers of consumerism...a sing-along that says "grab the wheel, make this life yours"...if anything that line is typical hardcore, not metalcore. my point was that with lines like that, its ridiculous to call it typical metalcore.
2. yeah i know "their is" swedish influences. you ignored all the rest of what i said about the 6/8 parts. if you knew what stereotypical metalcore was, then you would know exactly what i'm talking about.
3. yes, the breakdowns are faster. and usually unexpected, and in difficult time signatures...making them different from the stereotypical brand.
4. wee wee's is just a word for the real high dissonant chords lots of metalcore bands play. it seems strange you know so much about metalcore yet don't know what i mean by that
5. not just metalcore...STEREOTYPICAL metalcore. DUH. pay attention!!!!

you don't really use logic so i'm done arguing with you. later.

crazytoledo (January 23, 2006)

For the lazy people:

At any rate, I will now present to you Bruce Dickinson’s perspective on August Burns Red’s brand new full-length Thrill Seeker.

I would like to add as a side note, that if you read the following paragraph with an English Accent, it will make it way more fun.

So this is what you American kids call metal core eh? I will admit, I have heard a few good metal core bands in my day, but I don’t understand why you kids insist on beating this style of music into the ground like a rented mule. Needless to say I am not really into this compact disc at all. The guitar players can flat out shred, there is no doubt about that , but instead of truly shredding like my band would, this band throws in a bunch of boring guitar noodling parts that go absolutely nowhere. We know you guys can move your hands up and down the fret board really fast, but if my guitar player Steve Harris did that without putting any thought into what he was writing, we would have never had great tunes like The Trooper and Hallowed Be Thy Name. And just what in the bloody hell is up with all these ridiculous “jud jud jud jugga jugga jud jud jud” breakdowns every 3 seconds??? If you can only add intensity to your music by phoning in a few stereotypical “jud jud jud jugga jugga jud jud jud” breakdowns, then I say you should take your music back to the proverbial drawing board.

I haven’t heard a metal record this boring, since Pat Boone’s metal song cover album. We all thought he was a bit looney for doing that, but that is beside the point. This band sounds completely sterile, with absolutely no identity of their own. There isn’t any more I can really say. I don’t recommend this record to anybody, your money would be better spent in a local pub watching a ripping football match, or at the corner sweetshop. You guys should all listen to more real metal, instead of this drivel.

crazytoledo (January 23, 2006)

By the way:

http://www.punkrocks.net/display_review.php?id=1045

crazytoledo (January 23, 2006)

1. I listen to ADF, Still Remains, and a lot of other metalcore, so I doubt I wrote them off.

1. have lots of stupid and meaningless lyrics about "her" or "she" and dying and stuff
2. have lots of "swedish" parts in 6/8 with harmonized guitars that are like two-steps, except not really
3. have slow chuggy breakdowns that everybody can see from 5 miles away
4. include "wee wee's" in said breakdowns
5. suck

1. they have meaningless lyrics too.
2. their is swedish influences
3. they have breakdowns and some chugging, but it's faster
4. 'wee wees' ??????
5. abr = metalcore, so they suck according to you?

Anonymous (January 22, 2006)

Part Two of the comment below:

abr does none of this. your review is full of silly contradictions. how can you say that they are 100% stereotypical metalcore in one breath, and in the next breath talk about their gang vocals?

it seems that you wrote them off immediately because of their name and then wrote a haphazard review after you'd kinda listened to half the cd.

Anonymous (January 22, 2006)

"August Burns Red's Solid State debut, Thrill Seeker, is a straight up metalcore release that follows every single rule in the book of metalcore."

The Rules of Stereotypical Metalcore:
1. have lots of stupid and meaningless lyrics about "her" or "she" and dying and stuff
2. have lots of "swedish" parts in 6/8 with harmonized guitars that are like two-steps, except not really
3. have slow chuggy breakdowns that everybody can see from 5 miles away
4. include "wee wee's" in said breakdowns
5. suck

crazytoledo (January 20, 2006)

*it's sad*

I wish we had edit features.

crazytoledo (January 20, 2006)

So it's dad when someone doesnt like an album that is supposibly good? Look back to the Punk news top of 2004 lists by staff, a lot of people have the Bad Relgion album as one of the best of the year, one or two have it as a disappointment. Bad Relgionis talented, so are those one or two staff extremly sad or should just quit know?

Nope.

That's why your theory is invalid.

And it's an okay album, a lot of it is generic and it's not anything I will be listening to anytime down the line or even a month or two later.

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

No one is saying you are a idiot for not liking them. But you are supposed to Rewiew the cd on the music and how good it sounds, I don't like Emo, but I can say that the cd is good for a Emo band, I could tell the talent and stuff. But you say there isn't anythign special about this band, when they are better then 90% of metal bands.

They don't hold back on any song on this whole cd, all the way through it is solid. And you saying you listen more metal then punk, that makes it even sadder that you can't tell the talent and sweetness of this cd, you should look for a different job. enough said

crazytoledo (January 15, 2006)

Ironically speaking, according to some comments here, just because I didnt care for a cd they loved, I must be an idiot. So by that way of thinking, since a lot of people like Hawthorne heights (mainstream music people), I must be wrong in hating them right?

Also, while the CD has its moments, there a few straight through tracks that offer nothing new or even interesting. Nuff said.

Also, I listen more metal than punk, so your 'dont review what you dotn like,' argurment is moot.

crazytoledo (January 15, 2006)

Guess what? Metal isn't for everyone. Maybe your bias against an entire genre limited you to your half-witted comments about this fucking amazing band. This is the best metal band I have ever heard

1. this is metalCORE

2. I like metal. Go listen to some Absence and Darkest Hour. O yea, Darkest Hour is my favorite band with my favorite cd of 05, and there metal.

To the AILD comment, sadly I regret that review. once my favorite song off it got old, the cd really got boring.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

You don't know anything about good hardcore metal music if you think this cd is lame, or that is sounds like other stuff. I agree with the other drummer, I play the drums to, and this drummer is amazing, the guitar playing is sweet sounding, and the vocals are better then most metal bands, and he doesn't have the same yell all the time. What more do you want? Haste the day sucks compared the them, they aren't anythign special, zao sucks compared to them, his vocals get old. ALl you retards with, the name is dumb and stuff, it is about the music, and straight up, this was the best cd to come out in 2005. if yuo don't think this is good, then you obviously like rap or country, so go listen to that crap ok?

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

this is the WORST review ive ever read...this band is so much more talented than all the screamo emo bullshit or any metal, hardcore or metalcore band out there rite now. Whoever wrote this needs to listen to this album A LOT closer becuz its a work of art, and very original and is NOTHING like ANY metalcore band out there rite now. This band has amazing talent is bringing something very new to the scene and deserves more respect than any other band out there. Whoever wrote this article deserves to have their throat slit.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

why are metalcore bands being reviewed by a punknews website?

o btw this review is innacurate. dude will give abr 2.5 stars and as i lay dying 3.5 and evergreen terrace 4.5!?!?! roflecopter. dude has no clue what hes talking about as far as metalcore goes.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

why are metalcore bands being reviewed by a punknews website?

o btw this review is innacurate. dude will give abr 2.5 stars and as i lay dying 3.5 and evergreen terrace 4.5!?!?! roflecopter. dude has no clue what hes talking about as far as metalcore goes.

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

wow I bet the same guy posted all of those comments. That was absolutely ridiculous. And a little funny. No. Very Funny. Never heard this band but I can tell exactly what they sound like. I'll stick to good hardcore and metal.

-Matt

Anonymous (January 12, 2006)

This album is very tight and all of the band members are very talented, but they are not original at all, at all, at all. If anyone can explain how they are original or different from other bands that play this style please let me know. The metal scene really needs unique and fresh ideas, that is the most important thing for music in general. If you like innovative metal listen to PIG DESTROYER, ION DISSONANCE, CANDIRIA, PSYOPUS, BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS, CROTCHDUSTER. If you like re-packaged clones listen to Martyer AD, almost any band on Victory Records except BTBAM, Dean Martin, and yes August Burns Red. I also do want to say that August Burns Red is not bad at all, they are VERY GOOD at what they do but its not groundbreaking.

Anonymous (January 11, 2006)

fuck that
not great and not good enough to recommend.

This review needs a review:

"This review sucks"

mediocre review at best. August burns red kicks ass. I'm sorry.

They are far from generic. You probably like simple plan.

Anonymous (January 10, 2006)

Great Album

Anonymous (January 9, 2006)

oh and here's my score for this fucking bad ass mother fucker of a cd.

Anonymous (January 9, 2006)

i've got a review for you.

THIS ENTIRE WEB SITE IS TRASH.

ROFL??????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

yes, indeed. ROFL.

Anonymous (January 7, 2006)

i would like to see the twat that wrote this review play any song by this band on any instrument

Anonymous (January 5, 2006)

WOW!! YOUR GAY!! I've been drumming for 13 years, and you say this drummer is'nt technical,original, or creative!! HAHA!! Buddy try tapping his kick drum with your fingers, the first time you listen to the Cd and tell me honestly if you hit every beat!! I wish I were that good at age 19!! YOU ROCK PILE!! Do you not hear the off time symbol fills and how fast they are!! Stick to "punk" it's slower so you can catch all the fills and time signatures. PLUG!! This band is better than most out there!! Music is my life, I'm the one that should be doing this review, or anyone but you. You have no clue what your doing/saying. WORST OPINION/REVIEW EVER!! YOUR GAY!

Anonymous (January 4, 2006)

"what is it about a particular dying fad that kids just don't seem to understand? do kids think, "wow, there's so many metalcore bands out there.......i got an idea, let's start our own! we'll be able to do shows with hatebreed and avenged sevenfold, and we'll get big and get signed and fuck tons of girls and...........""
-A moron who saw Dogtown and Z-boys, loved it, and now thinks that the second anyone becomes well-liked that they are selling out. Bad news, this band isn't that kind of band. They are Christian and don't sound anything like a7x or hatebreed. Hatebreed has no meaning in their lyrics and a7x sucks terribly since the release of their newest cd. You ought to stick to making fun of them with the month verb noun equation that you think will is actually an insult, dumb fuck.

Anonymous (January 4, 2006)

Part 2 of my rebuttle:
This is Punknews. Shouldn't you fucking flamers be talking about how the bitch from The Distillers does her awesome hair? You have adds on this site for Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, and I'm sure Green Day's newest CD is blaring in your shithole of a house. You are all ignorant. Fuck what the cover looks like, fuck how 'cliche' the name may be. Do you KNOW the meaning of the name? No? I don't either, so I'm not gonna judge it. It probably has some Christian tendencies though, seeing as how this band is a Christian one. Once again, whoever reviewed this should stop expressing their stupid opinion.

Anonymous (January 4, 2006)

You are literally the WORST reviewer EVER. I'm not joking. I serioulsy doubt you can play much more than your fucking acoustic guitar and your miniature skin flute. You are a moron bro. This CD and this band have amazing lyrics, great timing, and insane instrumental work, namely the drums. You are by far the most hard to please music listener ever. Guess what? Metal isn't for everyone. Maybe your bias against an entire genre limited you to your half-witted comments about this fucking amazing band. This is the best metal band I have ever heard, and I've listened to metal from Iron Maiden to any present band. Please stick to reviewing Bright Eyes, where you will eat up HIS witty banter. Fuck you and FUCK this band-bash of a review.

crazytoledo (January 4, 2006)

Unless you were listening to a 'Bizarro' version of August Burn Red, then yes we did listen to the same CD.

Anonymous (January 3, 2006)

Terrible review. Were you and I listening to the same CD?

k-dubs (December 29, 2005)

agreed, there are very few breakdowns in hardcore.

putz,.

Anonymous (December 22, 2005)

This is a MASTERPIECE!!!

Anonymous (December 15, 2005)

what a joke of a review. give me one hardcore band that they sound like. very few metalcore bands these days write breakdowns and riffs with the creativity august burns red does.

LaidToWaste (December 15, 2005)

Not too bad, but As Cities Burn is without doubt the best band on solid state, with the possible exception of The Chariot

crazytoledo (December 14, 2005)

This CD rules. You're just pissed because you have nothing better to do than shit talk bands you've never heard and try to impress your equally pathetic message board comrades.

Considering I own this cd, your point is completly lost.

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

haha, this review reminds me why I typically don't read anything punknews.org has to say. This reviewer obviously has no business reviewing a hardcore/metal record.

k-dubs (December 14, 2005)

pro:
they are really nice guys

con:
that doesnt take away from the fact that they have not an ounce of originality in them.

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

This CD rules. You're just pissed because you have nothing better to do than shit talk bands you've never heard and try to impress your equally pathetic message board comrades.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

they are awsome and who ever thinks they not good suck

Anonymous (December 11, 2005)

Awful cover art and awful band name.

Are they any good?

fritobandito (December 11, 2005)

text placement is horrible on that cover. besides that it looks nice.

and I can't take a band with a name like this seriously. I mean, it's taken the cliche' and added this whole new depth to it. August Burns Red? you have to be goddamn shitting me. it honestly sounds like a parody band.

but I've heard they're actually serious.

Anonymous (December 10, 2005)

"August Burns Red's Solid State debut, Thrill Seeker, is a straight up metalcore release that follows every single rule in the book of metalcore. I don't really know if that it is a good or bad thing"

Then I'll help you; It's a bad thing.

-Will

Anonymous (December 10, 2005)

christian metal=nazi reggae

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

"hmm too bad the band has only been around for 2 years as stated in the review

think before you open your mouth, its not hard"

Well fuck... sorry, they still suck. There's alot of shit bands around here and I got confused. Besides, I didn't open my mouth, I typed.

soulbleed (December 9, 2005)

this is a lot better than the last one.

etwiels88 (December 9, 2005)

I like the album artwork

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

this review is bad, although they have a really dumb name this band is really good. It sounds like if unearth grew up listening to dillinger

Anchors (December 9, 2005)

I am trying to run this thead.

- Kirby

P.S. I win, because I threw up in my mouth without even having to hear one of their songs.

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

this review flip flops like john kerry "stand out track but not memorable" "the guitars are unoriginal, but actually sometimes interesting"

just say you like the record and get it over with

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

"These guys are from my hometown and they pretty much blow. I'm sure I've seen them once or twice over the past 4 years. Boring. I can almost guarantee they started out playing Blink covers too."

hmm too bad the band has only been around for 2 years as stated in the review

think before you open your mouth, its not hard

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

these guys are pretty good at doing what they do...and all the people that think this isnt punk enough suck a dick cause theres no punk bands doing this from the ages of 18-20 except latterman(if you consider that punk)..so stfu

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

These guys are from my hometown and they pretty much blow. I'm sure I've seen them once or twice over the past 4 years. Boring. I can almost guarantee they started out playing Blink covers too.

Scruffy (December 9, 2005)

Hey, look! It's the cover to Miss Machine, just many months too late!

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

These guys are pretty local and are blowing up. It is wierd.

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

vaginas burn pink.

rkl (December 9, 2005)

i think i played a show with these guys once.
im not sure though, like kirbypuckett alluded to, there are too many screaming emo bands with months in their names, and they all sound pretty much the same anyhow.

kirbypuckett (December 9, 2005)

has anyone besides the reviewer actually heard this cd and is able to make an opinion?

I listened to a song and threw up in my mouth.

- Kirby

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

what is it about a particular dying fad that kids just don't seem to understand? do kids think, "wow, there's so many metalcore bands out there.......i got an idea, let's start our own! we'll be able to do shows with hatebreed and avenged sevenfold, and we'll get big and get signed and fuck tons of girls and..........."

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

has anyone besides the reviewer actually heard this cd and is able to make an opinion?

i'll say no.

kirbypuckett (December 9, 2005)

I'd rather listen to Haste the Day

- Kirby

justatango (December 9, 2005)

i'd rather listen to zao

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

great guys
awesome cd

kirbypuckett (December 9, 2005)

Can we please stop using months in our names.

- Kirby

Testiclese (December 9, 2005)

i like the cover

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