Exclusive Premiere: August Burns Red – ‘Internal Cannon’

With hard rock monsters AUGUST BURNS RED poised to release their fourth album Leveler, one of the most anxiously awaited albums of 2011, anticipation is hitting a fever pitch among fans of the Pennsylvania outfit. CraveOnline is here to help, with the exclusive premiere of the incendiary track "Internal Cannon".


Leveler will available in stores and online June 21st, and after debuting several studio-blog videos from the band's recording sessions, we're proud to deliver some brand new sounds from a band that's bound to make a permanent mark in 2011.


Have a listen to "Internal Cannon," a rocket blast of awesome that sets the mood perfectly for Leveler:

Leveler will be available in both regular and deluxe editions – a first for ABR. Explains JB Brubaker: "For the bonus tracks on the deluxe editions, we were able to collaborate with some close friends and amazing musicians. Our friends in the post rock band BELLS did an amazing job reworking our song 'Pangaea' and making it into something completely different. It sounds absolutely huge and we love it. Our close friend, Zach Veilleux, a virtuoso piano player, shredded a piano rendition of our song 'Boys of Fall.' Dustin and I recorded an acoustic version of our song 'Internal Cannon' with some mariachi flare and a ridiculous guitar solo courtesy of Jason Suecof. Finally, we threw in one of the original midi tracks from the Leveler writing process to give everyone an idea of how our songs sound before they get recorded. It's pure 1988 Nintendo bliss."

While AUGUST BURNS RED have never succumbed to the artistic trends in metal album covers, Leveler represents an even larger departure than fans have seen on the band's previous albums. The artwork, created by artist Jordan Crane, brings a striking comic book flair that the band wanted the artwork to encompass. 


"What we were going for with the cover was an image of a house that had been destroyed by a natural disaster," says Brubaker. "The cover depicts a house that has been leveled by something like a hurricane. You can see the trees in the background are bent sideways from enduring strong winds. There are a bunch of chickens in the foreground who have come out of hiding to continue on with their daily activities. The chickens represent the calm after the storm. They represent life and the promise of a new day. The art has a real indie-rock vibe to it, which I like because while we're obviously not an indie band, we're not a typical metal band either."


For Leveler, AUGUST BURNS RED re-teamed with super producer Jason Suecof, the man behind the board on their 2009 breakout, Constellations, which landed at #24 on the Billboard Top 200 and has sold more than 90,000 copies. The result is an album that pushes the band's sonic boundaries in every direction, yet emerges as an unquestionably heavier album than its predecessor. 


Tracklisting for Leveler:


1. Empire


2. Internal Cannon


3. Divisions


4. Cutting the Ties


5. Pangaea


6. Carpe Diem


7. 40 Nights


8. Salt & Light


9. Poor Millionaire


10. 1/16/2011


11. Boys of Fall


12. Leveler


Bonus Tracks for Deluxe Edition:


13. Internal Cannon (acoustic)


14. Pangaea (performed by Bells)


15. Boys of Fall (performed by Zachary Veilleux)


16. Empire (midi)


Keep up with ABR and pre-order Leveler at the band's official site.


Check out August Burns Red tour dates for Summer 2011 on Page 2!



Upcoming  August Burns Red Tour Dates


Jun 1 – Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi

Jun 2 – Hassleholm, Sweden @ Siesta Festival

Jun 3 – Nuerburgring, Germany @ Rock Am Ring

Jun 5 – Nuremberg, Germany @ Rock Im Park

Jun 7 – Athens, Greece @ Kyttaro Club

Jun 8 – Istanbul, Turkey @ Balans Club


Warped Tour


Jun 24 – Dallas TX @ Gexa Energy Pavillion

Jen 25 – Houston TX @ The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park

Jun 26 – San Antonio TX @ AT&T Center

Jun 29 – Las Cruces NM @ NMSU Practice Field

Jun 30 – Las Vegas NM @ Plaza Hotel – Parking Lot

Jul 1 – Pomona CA @ Pomona Fairplex

Jul 2 – Mountain View CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater

Jul 3 -Ventura CA @ Ventura County Fairground at Seaside Park

Jul 6 – Bonner Springs KS @ Sandstone Amphitheater

Jul 7 – Noblesville IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Jul 8 – Detroit MI @ Comerica Park

Jul 9 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

Jul 10 – Shakopee MN @ Canterbury Park

Jul 12 – Darien Center NY @ Darien Lakes Fields

Jul 13 – Mansfield MA @ Comcast Center

Jul 14 – Scranton PA @ Toyota Pavillion at Montage Mountain

Jul 15 – Mississauga ON @ The Flats at Arrow Hall

Jul 16 – Montreal QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau

Jul 17 – Hartford CT @ Comcast Theater

Jul 19 – Milwaukee WI @ Marcus Amphitheater

Jul 20 – Cleveland OH @ Blossom Music Center

Jul 21 – Camden NJ @ Susquehana Bank Center

Jul 22 – Burgettstown PA @ First Niagara Pavillion

Jul 23 – Uniondale NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Jul 24 – Oceanport NJ @ Monmouth Park Raceway

Jul 26 – Columbia MC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

Jul 27 – Virginia Beach VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Jul 28 – Charlotte NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Jul 29 – Orlando FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds

Jul 30 – West Palm Beach FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater

Jul 31 – St. Petersburg FL @ Vinoy Park

Aug 1 – Atlanta GA @ Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood

Aug 2 – Cincinnati OH @ Riverbend Music Center

Aug 3 – St Louis MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Aug 4 – Council Bluffs IA @ Westfair Fairgrounds

Aug 5 – Denver CO @ Invesco Field at Mile High

Aug 6 – Salt Lake City UT @ Utah State Fairpark

Aug 7 – Phoenix AZ @ Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion

Aug 9 – San Diego CA @ Cricket Amphitheater

Aug 10 – Carson CA @ Cal State Dominguez Hills

Aug 11 – Marysville CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater

Aug 12 – Nampa ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater

Aug 13 – George WA @ The Gorge Amphitheater

Aug 14 – Hilsboro OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds


Keep up with ABR and pre-order Leveler at the band's official site.