August Burns Red – Composure


August Burns Red is an American metalcore 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 and odd-meter riffs. They cite Between the Buried and Me, Misery Signals and Hopesfall as their main influences.

August Burns Red is generally credited as a metalcore band, and has also been said to share traits of other genres such as progressive metal, and thrash metal. The band is also identified as a melodic metalcore band. August Burns Red songs frequently feature highly melodic guitar riffs, technical or odd time signatures and breakdowns, 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 metalcore, Brubaker has grown a distaste for many of the genre’s 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.”

August Burns Red members have been asked about the origin of their band name on many occasions and have give numerous different stories. The most popular story behind the name is an incident involving Jon Hershey, the band’s original vocalist, when he dated a woman named August who burned her dog Redd alive in his dog house.
However, it was later revealed in a radio interview that this meaning (along with others) was simply a comical story created by the members and that there is no actual meaning behind the band name. Drummer Matt Greiner stated in the interview that “we just came up with the name to come up with a name.”

August Burns Red is a Christian band. JB Brubaker mentioned in an interview with online magazine Shout!, that “Christianity is a religion, not a style of music” and he would “rather just let the music speak for itself.”, and that he would rather let Christianity shine through the band’s lyrics. Brent Rambler commented on the fact that “It is important to us that people know that we are indeed Christians… without having us stand up there and ram it down people’s throats.”

 
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