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Genre giants AUGUST BURNS RED are gearing up to release one of the most anxiously awaited hard rock albums of 2011 – a colossal effort entitled Leveler – available in stores and online June 21st in both regular and deluxe editions.

Two weeks ago, the band gave anxious fans the first taste of what to expect from Leveler by debuting the lead track, ‘Empire.’ The song was quickly devoured by the band’s fanbase, and has since accumulated more than 210,000 plays across the band’s Facebook page and YouTube channel while being met with high praise.

Today AUGUST BURNS RED gives fans a ‘spicier’ taste of Leveler via standout track ‘Internal Cannon’ – an adventurous song that combines elements of Latin Salsa music into ABR’s signature sound. The result? An inventive romp that finally answers the burning question of ‘What would it be like if Carlos Santana started a metal band?’ While that combination looks disastrous on paper, ‘Internal Cannon’ is a beautifully brutal tour de force, one of the most sprawling, complicated and hook-riddled tracks of the band’s catalog, and certainly one of the most adventurous musical moments of AUGUST BURNS RED‘s career.

The track is debuting exclusively at Crave Online, and can be streamed here:

Stream ‘Internal Cannon’ Here:
http://bit.ly/internalcannon

“This is my favorite song on the album and one of my favorite songs we’ve ever written,” stated guitarist JB Brubaker. “I’ve described ‘Internal Cannon’ as our Latin song. There are a few sections that I think are going to turn some heads and have people saying either ‘Whoa! That was awesome!’ or ‘Whoa! That was weird. I don’t know if I like that.’  For the latter group, I’d like to think it’ll grow on ’em.”
Regardless of first impressions, fans and haters alike should be able to agree on one thing – ‘Internal Cannon’ showcases the growth of a band who continues to redefine a genre rather than tread paths they’ve gone down before.

“Putting out a fourth record is a little scary because we obviously have our sound figured out at this point, but we don’t want to put out a record that just sounds like a redux of our previous albums,” explains guitarist JB Brubaker. “Our tastes are always evolving as musicians and we’ve been motivated to progress as a band and push ABR in different directions, while maintaining the characteristics that made us the band we are in the first place.”

A number of pre-order bundles are available now for Leveler in a variety of packages including the special edition and vinyl packages. Fans can choose bundles which include extras from a pre-order exclusive t-shirt to AUGUST BURNS RED baseball cards.

Preorder Leveler Here:

http://www.merchdirect.com/augustburnsred

AUGUST BURNS RED will take to the road as a mainstage act on this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour, which will deliver them to almost every major market in North America to bring Leveler‘s sonic spectacle directly to fans.

For LevelerAUGUST BURNS RED re-teamed with super producer Jason Suecof, the man behind the boards on their 2009 breakout, Constellations, which landed at #24 on the Billboard Top 200 and has sold more than 95,000 copies. 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 the band’s 2009 release, Constellations
“One of the genre’s brightest hopes… [AUGUST BURNS RED] craft a sound as bone-crushingly heavy as it is catchy.” -REVOLVER

“A fierce, punishing album loaded with muscular breakdowns, screaming guitar leads and ass-kicking double-bass-thunder… AUGUST BURNS RED will be a band to watch for quite a while.” -ALTERNATIVE PRESS

Constellations is one of the more anticipated metal albums of 2009… The album takes the band in directions never before attempted and raises the bar on the band’s profile as a technical ensemble.” -NOISECREEP

“A great sense of songwriting and brutal, in-your-face execution… [AUGUST BURNS RED is] head and shoulders above the competition.” -OUTBURN

“AUGUST BURNS RED have created an intense and well-crafted catalog of songs that serve as evidence that they stand above the masses.” -SUBSTREAM MUSIC PRESS
“AUGUST BURNS RED bring it every time they release an album, and so far, Constellations is the pinnacle of their career.” -ABSOLUTE PUNK

“[Constellations] is going to go down as one of the great albums of 2009″ -THRASH MAGAZINE

Upcoming Dates

Jun 1 – Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi

Jun 2 – Hassleholm, Sweden @ Siesta Festival

Jun 3 – Nuerburgring, Germany @ Rock Am Ring

Jun 5 – Nuremberg, Germany @ Rock Im Park

Jun 7 – Athens, Greece @ Kyttaro Club

Warped Tour

Jun 24 – Dallas TX @ Gexa Energy Pavillion

Jen 25 – Houston TX @ The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park

Jun 26 – San Antonio TX @ AT&T Center

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