September 17, 2009 – Newly minted metalcore frontrunners AUGUST BURNS RED have just announced a remarkable North American tour with labelmates UNDEROATH and EMERY, extending from Nov 22 to Dec 17. The cross-country jaunt comes on the heels of the band’s #24 debut on the Billboard Top 200 with their equally artful and devastatingly heavy third album, Constellations. Upon the album’s release, Revolver praised the band as “one of the genre’s brightest hopes … as bone-crushingly heavy as it is catchy,” while Alternative Press called ABR “the rare metal band who can do something besides relentlessly kick ass. Though they do that well, too.”

Until recently, AUGUST BURNS RED were known best as an anomaly in the underground metal scene. Clad in flip-flops and Phillies T-shirts, the unassuming Lancaster, PA boys broke every rule of modern metal posturing, along the way converting the metal populous, fan by fan. In July, with the release of Constellations, AUGUST BURNS RED set up permanent camp in the world of the Top 40. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at an impressive #24, selling more than 20,000 copies in its first week. Constellations also nabbed the #1 New Music Release spot on iTunes the day it was released, and entered the Top 100 at #6, nestled between a Michael Jackson best-of album and the movie soundtrack for a certain wizard named Harry. It’s all a bit bizarre for a band that hasn’t sung a note in its entire career. They’re brutal as hell; they’re super-young, they play like they own the genre. And with Constellations, AUGUST BURNS RED have proven that they’re ready to begin their reign.

After spending seven weeks in the Billboard Top 200, Constellations is knocking on the 50,000 copies sold mark, a striking number that complements the fact that the band’s catalog has now sold in excess of 200,000 copies.

The following dates go on sale Friday, Aug 7:
Nov 22  Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
Nov 23  Charleston SC – Music Farm
Nov 24  Ft Lauderdale FL – Revolution
Nov 25  Tampa FL – The Ritz Tbor
Nov 28  Douglasville GA – The 7 Venue
Nov 29  Charlotte SC – Amos’ Southend
Nov 30  Norfolk VA – Norva
Dec 1  Allentown PA – Crocodile Rock
Dec 2  Albany NY – Northern Lights
Dec 3  Cleveland OH – House of Blues
Dec 4  Grand Rapids MI – Orbit Room
Dec 5  Milwaukee WI – The Rave
Dec 6  Chicago IL – Metro
Dec 8  Omaha NE – Sokol Auditorium
Dec 9  Lawrence KS – Granada Theater
Dec 10 Tulsa OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Dec 11  Little Rock AR – The Village
Dec 12  Memphis TN – New Daisy Theater
Dec 13  Dallas TX – House of Blues
Dec 14  Mission TX – Las Palmas Race Park
Dec 15  Austin TX – La Zona Rosa
Dec 16  Houston TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
Dec 17  New Orleans LA – House of Blues


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