August Burns Red will be bringing their 10 years of Constellations tour to the House of Blues, Las Vegas next month. July 23, 2019. Constellations was released on July 14, 2009 through Solid State Records. Joining August Burns Red on this tour are Silverstein and Silent Planet. Both SOLID bands that we’ve covered on past bills the last couple years!
The early days
It was 2009, and it was the height of the metalcore and deathcore days when August Burns Red released their third release, Constellations. Where was I, might you ask? I was a 20 year old Hot Topic employee that was completely engulfed in the metalcore scene as a whole. It was something I loved pretty early on. By this time I had already seen ABR at least twice when they had come to town with fellow metalcore heavyweights, As I Lay Dying. I have seen them at least three more times since then, and let me tell you… they’re one of those bands I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of.
August Burns Red was highly influenced by their faith for many years, which could be a dealbreaker for some people. I’m not one of those people. I sincerely enjoy their melodic metalcore sound. They mix metal/hardcore/progressive metal in a way that I wouldn’t say many other bands of their time could do. They hold something much more technical, and dare I say, heartfelt. When they spoke about spreading positivity through the music, I definitely believe it’s something you can hear clear as day upon listening to the music.
Upon hearing about August Burns Red doing a decade of Constellations tour, I couldn’t help but be filled with excitement! “White Washed” and “Mariana’s Trench” are favorites of mine from this particular release, and it never gets old hearing them live. I can still remember the first few times I saw them on the floor of The Joint way prior to its remodel. The way all the kids in the room were in that pit releasing whatever energy they had. I expect a lot of those same kids (now adults!) to be on the House of Blues floor when the time comes next month. To remember, and to connect. To enjoy and cherish what could possibly be one of the best albums released in that time period for the genre as a whole.
Looking back and listening to Constellations 10 years after its release, it’s hard to believe that it’s been a full decade. But it is easy to believe the impact and influence these guys have had on the genre, and on newer bands that are still embracing the metalcore name. Shit, I bet some of these metalcore driven bands playing today could pick up some inspiration by listening to this landmark 2009 record in 2019.
So what should you expect from this run of August Burns Red shows? Obviously this album played flawlessly in its entirety. Possibly along with those popular songs from the albums before and after this one. Hell, I wouldn’t mind hearing their “…Baby One More Time” cover from Punk Goes Pop v2!
This tour kicks of later this week in August Burns Red’s hometown, Lancaster, PA. And as I mentioned already, I AM EXCITED!!! SEE YOU ON THE HOUSE OF BLUES FLOOR, METALCORE KIDS FROM THE PAST!
Check out the last bill August Burns Red played here in Vegas by clicking HERE!
Also, go ahead and listen to Constellations and all its glory below.
For a complete list of tour dates, merch, and other info, make your way over to https://www.augustburnsred.com/