Constellations (August Burns Red album)

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Studio album by August Burns Red
Released July 14, 2009
Recorded 2009
Studio Audiohammer Studios
Genre Melodic metalcore[1]
Length 47:35
Label Solid State
Producer Jason Suecof
August Burns Red chronology
Lost Messengers: The Outtakes
Singles from Constellations
  1. "Thirty and Seven"
    Released: 2009[2]
  2. "Indonesia"
    Released: 2010[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Absolute Punk 77%[4]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[6]
Christianity Today 3.5/5 stars[7]
Decoy 4.5/5 stars[8]
Indie Vision Music 9/10 stars[9]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[10]
Rock Sound 8/10 stars[11]

Constellations is the third studio album by American metalcore band August Burns Red.


The album was released on July 14, 2009 through Solid State Records.[12]

The song "Marianas Trench" is featured in the rhythm game, Rock Band 2, via the Rock Band Network.[citation needed]


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 Store.[citation needed] "Ocean of Apathy", the third track from the then-upcoming album, was released on Monday June 29, 2009.[citation needed] "Meddler" was released on July 6, 2009 and was shown on the band's Myspace.[citation needed] On July 7, 2009, the band posted the entire album on their Myspace page.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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 who died in a plane crash in Indonesia. He lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the city in which August Burns Red began.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album was at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 20,401 copies in its first week.[citation needed] The album also has a bonus 7-inch vinyl record, that contained an alternate version of "Indonesia" and a cover of the NOFX song, "Linoleum", as a special gift when pre-ordering through a select dealer.[citation needed] A second 7-inch vinyl, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, was released on November 10, 2009 by August Burns Red's former label, CI Records. The vinyl editions were limited to 1,000 colored discs, 400 of which were green, 400 of which were red, and 200 of which were split-colored red and green.[13]


In 2010, Constellations was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.[14]

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-inch 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[15]) 2:44


  • Jake Luhrs – lead vocals
  • J.B. Brubaker – lead guitar
  • Brent Rambler – rhythm guitar
  • Dustin Davidson – bass guitar, vocals
  • Matt Greiner – drums, piano
Additional musicians


  1. ^ "August Burns Red – Constellations". Way Too Loud!. July 15, 2012. Archived from the original on September 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "August Burns Red Thirty and Seven (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "August Burns Red Indonesia (7")". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 2, 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  5. ^ Constellations at AllMusic
  6. ^ "August Burns Red – Constellations – Reviews – Alternative Press". Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  9. ^ "While We Wait For Launch..." Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  10. ^ "August Burns Red, "Constellations" Review". July 14, 2009. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ Follow on Twitter document.write('Share'); Tweet +1 Reddit (August 4, 2009). "August Burns Red – 'Constellations' – Reviews – Rock Sound Magazine". Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  12. ^ "August Burns Red | Constellations". Solid State Records. July 14, 2009. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  13. ^ "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Vinyl on CI Records". Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced on The Tennessean (February 18, 2010)
  15. ^ "August Burns Red – "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" 7inch Vinyl Single (Limited Edition)". Retrieved April 12, 2016.