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August Burns Red

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Manheim PA, United States (2003 – present)

August Burns Red is a band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records, and afterward, solid state records. The group is primarily known for their heavy breakdowns, highly melodic guitar riffs and odd-meter riffs. They state Between the Buried and Me, Misery Signals and Hopesfall as their main influences.

August Burns Red is generally credited as a melodic metalcore band, and have also been said to share traits of other genres such as , and but blending it with , and August Burns Red songs have technical or odd time signatures and heavy breakdowns, growled vocals, melodic guitar riffs, and complex instrumentation with a variety of influences including Meshuggah, Between the Buried and Me, Poison the Well, Symphony in Peril and Misery Signals.

While the group has stated that they don’t mind being classified as melodic metalcore, Brubaker has grown to a distaste in the genre’s usual bands: “I feel like anyone who can pick up and play a guitar and learn to play a metalcore riff and any drummer who can learn to play a thrash beat over a breakdown is doing it. It’s almost become very formulaic, and metal to me was never a formulaic genre.”

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