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Leveler, the highly praised fourth album from genre giants AUGUST BURNS RED debuted at an impressive #11 on the Billboard 200, with total first-week sales of 28,535.

The anticipated album also landed at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart and was the sixth best selling album overall among the week’s new releases. Further, the ferocious album hit the #1 position on the iTunes Rock Charts.

Leveler’s commercial success matches the critical praise that 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 (see select praise below). Vocalist Jake Luhrs can be seen on the cover of the upcoming issue of Alternative Press.

In a time when album sales across the board are declining, Leveler’s first week sales represent an industry defying 40% growth over the first week sales of the band’s 2009 breakout album, Constellations, which debuted at #24 in the Top 200 and has gone on to sell more than 95,000 copies.

For AUGUST BURNS REDLeveler represents an enormous step forward in a career defined by steady growth. The band is currently on the road as a mainstage act in this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour, which will deliver them to nearly every major market in North America to bring Leveler’s sonic spectacle directly to fans.

On LevelerAUGUST BURNS RED re-teamed with super producer Jason Suecof. The result is an album that 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.” -REVOLVER
“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
“The Pennsylvania quintet is more than just meathead metalcore, which they showcase demonstratively throughout Leveler… AUGUST BURNS RED continuously aims for the jugular throughout Leveler, leaving you much like the destroyed habitat depicted on the cover.” -ABSOLUTE PUNK
“AUGUST BURNS RED has done what I thought could not be accomplished. They have topped Constellations. This album is amazing on each and every imaginable level… All puns aside, this may be your album of the year. It maintains heaviness without sacrificing beauty. (5/5)” -THE NEW REVIEW
“This band has well earned their position as one of metalcore’s top bands… one of the best releases of the year (9/10)” -INDIE VISION MUSIC

“Leveler is a masterpiece of modern metalcore… a truly ambitious album of unparalleled diversity and precision (9/10)” -SCENE POINT BLANK

Leveler finds AUGUST BURNS RED at the top of their game, succeeding from start to finish at creating what is arguably their strongest, and at times most ambitious, record to date. (4.5/5)” -REVIEW RINSE REPEAT

“[Leveler] is exactly what our music scene needs… With the combined skill of these five guys the sky doesn’t even seem to be the limit” –HOPECORE

“[AUGUST BURNS RED] break new sound ground as they diligently push themselves further and progress faster than the rest of the metalcore pack… There is not a shred of doubt that these guys are quickly and accurately perfecting their trade. (4/5)” -METAL RIOT
Leveler is undoubtedly an AUGUST BURNS RED album, but simultaneously manages to add new elements to the bands repertoire while allowing the band to enthusiastically and proudly prove to the Metal/Hardcore community that they are, quite simply, unstoppable.” -THE RECORD REBELLION
“AUGUST BURNS RED has aged yet not mellowed, writing their most intriguing and technically accomplished album to date. By choosing to incorporate their diverse musical tastes, they’ve spawned an end product that retains the traditional ABR elements while making full use of their maturity as songwriters… a truly spectacular record (4.5/5)” -MIND EQUALS BLOWN

“Balancing inventive skill and lacerating fretboard work can push a group into a pitfall of repetition… Each second of Leveler, on the other hand, goes straight for your neck (4/5)” -BLARE

“[AUGUST BURNS RED] have pushed the envelope and created another soon to be epic release (4/5)” -BAREBONES MUSIC NETWORK

“AUGUST BURNS RED has been able to conquer with every release (3.5/4)” -DECOY MUSIC


“For years AUGUST BURNS RED have been pushing the boundaries of metalcore in a way that hasn’t been seen since As I Lay Dying first showed up on the scene… AUGUST BURNS RED still continues to be at the top of their game” -UNDER THE GUN REVIEW


“Over the past eight years, AUGUST BURNS RED have continued to stride along their own path. Their latest endeavor, Leveler, shows the quintet once again breaking down barriers and creating songs full of character and vigor.” -ROCK EDITION

“AUGUST BURNS RED had a mission to create their most diverse record to date… To say that Leveler is just another typical AUGUST BURNS RED release would be just plain naive. (4/5)” -THE PUNK SITE

Warped Tour

Jun 29 – Las Cruces NM @ NMSU Practice Field

Jun 30 – Las Vegas NM @ Plaza Hotel – Parking Lot

Jul 1 – Pomona CA @ Pomona Fairplex

Jul 2 – Mountain View CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater

Jul 3 -Ventura CA @ Ventura County Fairground at Seaside Park

Jul 6 – Bonner Springs KS @ Sandstone Amphitheater

Jul 7 – Noblesville IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Jul 8 – Detroit MI @ Comerica Park

Jul 9 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

Jul 10 – Shakopee MN @ Canterbury Park

Jul 12 – Darien Center NY @ Darien Lakes Fields

Jul 13 – Mansfield MA @ Comcast Center

Jul 14 – Scranton PA @ Toyota Pavillion at Montage Mountain

Jul 15 – Mississauga ON @ The Flats at Arrow Hall

Jul 16 – Montreal QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau

Jul 17 – Hartford CT @ Comcast Theater

Jul 19 – Milwaukee WI @ Marcus Amphitheater

Jul 20 – Cleveland OH @ Blossom Music Center

Jul 21 – Camden NJ @ Susquehana Bank Center

Jul 22 – Burgettstown PA @ First Niagara Pavillion

Jul 23 – Uniondale NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Jul 24 – Oceanport NJ @ Monmouth Park Raceway

Jul 26 – Columbia MC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

Jul 27 – Virginia Beach VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Jul 28 – Charlotte NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Jul 29 – Orlando FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds

Jul 30 – West Palm Beach FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater

Jul 31 – St. Petersburg FL @ Vinoy Park

Aug 1 – Atlanta GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood

Aug 2 – Cincinnati OH @ Riverbend Music Center

Aug 3 – St Louis MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Aug 4 – Council Bluffs IA @ Westfair Fairgrounds

Aug 5 – Denver CO @ Invesco Field at Mile High

Aug 6 – Salt Lake City UT @ Utah State Fairpark

Aug 7 – Phoenix AZ @ Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion

Aug 9 – San Diego CA @ Cricket Amphitheater

Aug 10 – Carson CA @ Cal State Dominguez Hills

Aug 11 – Marysville CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater

Aug 12 – Nampa ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater

Aug 13 – George WA @ The Gorge Amphitheater

Aug 14 – Hilsboro OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds