Constellations (August Burns Red album)

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Constellations
Studio album by August Burns Red
Released July 14, 2009
Recorded 2009 at Audiohammer Studios
Genre Melodic metalcore[1]
Length 47:35
Label Solid State
Producer Jason Suecof
August Burns Red chronology
Lost Messengers: The Outtakes
(2009)
Constellations
(2009)
Home
(2010)
Singles from Constellations
  1. "Thirty and Seven"
    Released: 2009
  2. "Existence"
    Released: 2009
  3. "Meddler"
    Released: July 6, 2009
  4. "Marianas Trench"
    Released: March 22, 2010
  5. "White Washed"
    Released: May 7, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Absolute Punk 77% [2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [3]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars [4]
Christianity Today 3.5/5 stars [5]
Decoy 4.5/5 stars [6]
Indie Vision Music 9/10 stars [7]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars [8]
Rock Sound 8/10 stars [9]

Constellations is the third studio album by August Burns Red.

Background[edit]

The album was released on July 14, 2009 through Solid State Records.[10]

Pre-release[edit]

August Burns Red began playing the track "Existence" on their tour with All That Remains from April to May 2009.[11] On the band's MySpace page, they released four singles from the album, "Thirty and Seven" and "Existence," with "Thirty and Seven" available for download on the iTunes music store. "Ocean of Apathy" the third track from the then-upcoming album was released on Monday June 29, 2009. "Meddler" was released on July 6, 2009. It was also showed on the band's Myspace that a video of "Meddler" is to be released. On July 7, 2009, the band posted the entire album on their Myspace page. They then would sell the album days ahead of the release at the beginning of their tour with Enter Shikari, Iwrestledabearonce and Blessthefall, starting with the Recher Theatre in Towson, Maryland on July 10, 2009.

Sales[edit]

The album was at No. 24 on The Billboard 200 with sales of 20,401 copies in its first week.

The album also has a bonus 7 inch vinyl record as a special gift when pre-ordering through a select dealer. The disk contained an alternate version of "Indonesia" and a cover of the NOFX song, "Linoleum".

A second 7 inch vinyl called O Come, O Come, Emmanuel was released on November 10th, 2009 by August Burns Red's former label, CI Records. The limited edition vinyls were limited to 1,000 colored vinyl discs, 400 of which were green, 400 of which were red, and 200 of which were split-colored red and green.[12]

Lyrical themes[edit]

The song "Indonesia", which features guest vocals from Tommy Giles Rogers of Between the Buried and Me, was made as a tribute to David Clapper, a missionary that died in a plane crash in Indonesia. He lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the city in which August Burns Red began.

Awards[edit]

In 2010, Constellations was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Thirty and Seven"   3:18
2. "Existence"   3:53
3. "Ocean of Apathy"   3:56
4. "White Washed"   3:45
5. "Marianas Trench"   4:17
6. "The Escape Artist"   3:57
7. "Indonesia" (featuring Tommy Giles Rogers of Between the Buried and Me) 3:33
8. "Paradox"   3:18
9. "Meridian"   5:58
10. "Rationalist"   2:38
11. "Meddler"   3:52
12. "Crusades"   5:10
Total length:
47:35
Interpunk special edition Indonesia 7" vinyl single
No. Title Length
1. "Indonesia" (alternate version) 3:31
2. "Linoleum" (NOFX cover) 2:07
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
No. Title Length
1. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"   4:58
2. "Carol of the Bells" (previously released on "X Christmas" compilation (2008) and Lost Messengers: The Outtakes EP in 2009[14]) 2:44

Personnel[edit]

August Burns Red
  • Jake Luhrs – lead vocals
  • JB Brubaker – lead guitar
  • Brent Rambler – rhythm guitar
  • Dustin Davidson – bass guitar, vocals
  • Matt Greiner – drums, piano
Production

References[edit]