Leveler (album)

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Leveler
Studio album by August Burns Red
Released June 21, 2011 (2011-06-21)
Recorded February 14 – March 16, 2011
Genre Melodic metalcore
Length 48:04
Label Solid State
Producer Jason Suecof
August Burns Red chronology
Home
(2010)
Leveler
(2011)
Sleddin' Hill
(2012)
Deluxe CD cover
August Burns Red Deluxe CD cover
Singles from Leveler
  1. "Empire"
    Released: May 27, 2011[1]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (78/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 85%[3]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars
Blare Magazine 4/5 stars[5]
Christian Music Zine 4/5 stars[6]
Jesusfreakhideout 4.5/5 stars[7]
Revolver 4.5/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[9]

Leveler is the fourth studio album by American metalcore band August Burns Red, released on June 21, 2011 through Solid State Records.[10]

Background[edit]

Promotion[edit]

They released the first song, "Empire", on May 16, 2011 on their Facebook page. It was announced on May 14, 2011 that they were shooting a video for "Internal Cannon". They released "Internal Cannon" on May 31, 2011 via Craveonline.com.[11] They released "Divisions",[12] June 4, 2011 on YouTube and promoted it through their Facebook page. "Poor Millionaire", the ninth track from the album, was released June 14, 2011 on their official website.[13]

Sales[edit]

Leveler sold around 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart.[citation needed]

As with their previous album, a special, Christmas seven-inch vinyl single will be released with the album through their old label, CI Records, and will be entitled "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". The vinyl is limited to 1000 copies, 400 that are gold-colored, 400 that are white, and 200 that are mixed white-and-gold. The single was released on November 8, 2011.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Empire"   3:52
2. "Internal Cannon"   3:46
3. "Divisions"   3:20
4. "Cutting the Ties"   5:02
5. "Pangaea"   4:20
6. "Carpe Diem"   5:37
7. "40 Nights"   3:54
8. "Salt & Light"   3:40
9. "Poor Millionaire"   4:28
10. "1/16/2011"   0:52
11. "Boys of Fall"   4:28
12. "Leveler"   4:47
Total length:
48:04

Personnel[edit]

August Burns Red[17]
  • Jake Luhrs – lead vocals
  • JB Brubaker – lead guitar
  • Brent Rambler - rhythm guitar
  • Dustin Davidson – bass guitar, guitar, vocals
  • Matt Greiner – drums
Additional musicians
  • Jason Suecof – percussion, additional guitar
Production[18]
  • Produced and mixed by Jason Suecof
  • Mastered by Troy Glessner
  • Pre-production by Dustin Davidson
  • Additional mixing by Eyal Levi
  • A&R by Jonathan Dunn and Adam Skatula
  • Illustrations by Jordan Crane
  • Art direction by Invisible Creature
  • Design by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creature
  • Band photography by Cory Morton

References[edit]

  1. ^ "August Burns Red Empire (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/leveler/august-burns-red
  3. ^ "AboslutePunk Review". 
  4. ^ "Allmusic Review". 
  5. ^ "REVIEW: August Burns Red – "Leveler"". Blaremagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  6. ^ "August Burns Red – Leveler (Review)". Christianmusiczine.com. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  7. ^ "August Burns Red: Leveler". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  8. ^ "Review: August Burns Red – Leveler". Revolvermag.com. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  9. ^ "August Burns Red: Leveler". Sputnikmusic.com. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  10. ^ "Leveler Countdown". Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  11. ^ Firecloud, Johnny (2011-05-30). "Exclusive Premiere: August Burns Red - 'Internal Cannon'". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  12. ^ "August Burns Red - "Divisions"". YouTube. 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  13. ^ "Poor Millionaire on official website". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  14. ^ "August Burns Red: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner. April 26, 2011. 
  15. ^ "AUGUST BURNS RED 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' 7" White -AND- Gold vinyl [limited edition]". CI Records. CI Records. October 21, 2011. 
  16. ^ "AUGUST BURNS RED 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' 7" Mixed White/Gold vinyl [limited edition]". CI Records. CI Records. October 21, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Alternative Press | News | August Burns Red reveal cover art, tracklisting for "Leveler"". Altpress.com. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  18. ^ "Leveler - August Burns Red". AllMusic. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2012-02-05.