At first listen of August Burns Red, and other bands with screaming/growling/guttural vocals, you will either get with it or be against it. That seems to be the nature of the beast with Metal and all the 'core' genres that have spawned over the years. So with that being said, I present to you August Burns Red... hate it or love it, this sh*t rocks!

I'm not positive when the first time I saw these guys live was, it was either 2008 or 2009 Warped Tour. That was the first time I had heard them and to be blunt, they were badass. Killer stage presence and just a brutal sound. I only caught the last song or two of theirs before the set ended.

I was able to catch them again in 2010 at The Roseland Theater in Portland with A Day To Remember and Silverstein. This was the moment that I became a real fan of ABR. Their new album 'Constellations' had just been released and to this day is one of my all time favorite albums.

Check out the tracks "Marianas Trench", "White Washed", and my personal favorite "Meridian" all from the 'Constellations' album.

They released their new album 'Leveler' last year just a few weeks before their 2011 Warped Tour show at The Gorge. Another killer show. They are currently out on tour with I, The Breather, Texas In July, and Silverstein and I was able to catch them at their stop in Portland last Friday at the Hawthorne Theater. This has got to be the first time I've seen anyone do this...a chicken fight in the pit? Yea...that just happened.

What do you think about August Burns Red? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below \m/