AUGUST BURNS RED debut video for ‘Empire’

Video for lead track from band’s monster 2011 album, Leveler, to premiere at VEVO

January 2012 headlining tour just announced

Genre titans AUGUST BURNS RED are debuting a video for ‘Empire’, the crushing lead track from their monster 2011 album, Leveler. The blistering performance-heavy video, premiering today at VEVO, is the band’s second off of Leveler, following the cinematic clip for ‘Internal Cannon’ which debuted in late summer.

Watch the video for Empire here:
“The ‘Empire’ video shoot was an exhausting 8 hours of sweating and head banging,” explains guitarist JB Brubaker. “But it was worth the exhaustion as I think it’s the coolest performance video we ever did. I especially like the old school ‘Godzilla’ looking shots that are in the middle and the coloring and filters that were applied to the post production brought everything together.”

The video premiere comes hot on the heels of the band’s recent announcement of a 2012 North American headlining tour presented by BandMerch, marking the band’s first announced dates for 2012 and their first North American dates since their summerlong stint as a mainstage act on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.

2011 was a banner year for the heavyweights – their fourth album, Leveler, rocketed to the top of the Billboard charts, debuting at #11 on the Billboard 200 in addition to entering the charts as the #1 Hard Rock album and #2 Rock album.Leveler also displayed staying power and has become the band’s fastest selling album to date.

While the band already has two albums that topped 100,000 in sales (2009’s Constellations and 2007’s Messengers), Leveleris on pace to set a new high-bar for AUGUST BURNS RED, adding commercial success to the critical praise which the album has garnered from the likes of Alternative Press, Revolver, Rock Sound and more, in addition to high marks from dozens of other outlets. The album pushes the band’s sonic boundaries in every direction, yet emerges as an unquestionably heavier album than its predecessor. It’s a game-changer, for ABR, and for fans of hard rock everywhere.

Select praise for ‘Leveler’:

“From start to finish, Leveler is exhilarating… the quintet’s strongest work to date. (4/5)” -ALTERNATIVE PRESS

“AUGUST BURNS RED have crafted a signature brand of metalcore that challenges the genre’s status quo … [They’ve] set their own bar even higher on Leveler, and have done so for all the scene in the process. (4.5/5)” -REVOLVER
“Leveler takes the band to a unique level… not only easily approachable but entertaining, impressive, and new. (10/10)” -OUTBURN

“By far the greatest album AUGUST BURNS RED have ever produced” -EXCLAIM!

“A wonderfully dynamic album” -ALL MUSIC GUIDE

“Leagues above much of this genre” -ROCK SOUND

Leveler has the potential to be another breakout record for the group, with a maturing sound and greater experimentation. Hopefully, this new album will help turn even more skeptics into headbanging converts” -METAL INSIDER

AUGUST BURNS RED with SILVERSTEIN, TEXAS IN JULY, LETLIVE. (Jan 13-29) and I, THE BREATHER (Jan 31-Mar 3), brought to you by House of Blues Entertainment & Ibanez Guitars

Jan 13 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Jan 14 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar

Jan 15 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend

Jan 17 Charleston, SC @ Music Farm

Jan 18 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown

Jan 19 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Jan 20 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

Jan 21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Jan 22 Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor

Jan 23 Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live

Jan 25 Houston, TX @ House of Blues

Jan 26 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

Jan 27 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

Jan 28 Austin, TX @ Emo’s East

Jan 29 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit

Jan 31 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater

Feb 1 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

Feb 2 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

Feb 3 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Feb 4 Hollywood, CA House Of Blues

Feb 5 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

Feb 7 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

Feb 8 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

Feb 9 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

Feb 10 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

Feb 11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

Feb 13 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom

Feb 14 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Ballroom

Feb 16 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre

Feb 17 Minneapolis, MN @ Caboose

Feb 18 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Feb 21 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

Feb 22 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

Feb 23 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

Feb 24 Guelph, ONT @ Guelph Concert Theater

Feb 25 Toronto, ONT @ The Sound Academy

Feb 26 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

Feb 27 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights

Feb 29 Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Mar 1 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Mar 3  Philadelphia, PA @ TLA


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