Already on the cutting edge of metal, genre giants AUGUST BURNS RED are excited to announce new apps to further engage fans.
The band’s new smartphone App is available now on the Apple App Store and Android Market. The App allows users to get the latest news and updates straight from the band as well as listen to music, watch videos, view photos, communicate with other fans, and more.

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In addition, the band has launched a new App on its Facebook page which lets fans create their own AUGUST BURNS RED themed baseball card, a callback to a promotion the band ran earlier this summer, offering ABR baseball cards as part of a preorder package for their latest album, Leveler.

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ABR would like to consider themselves a relatively technologically savvy band,” explains guitarist JB Brubaker. “We heard about these new phones out now that can play music, surf the world wide web, download something called “applications” and even take pictures. In an effort to keep up with the times we went ahead and made our very own AUGUST BURNS RED application for Androids and iPhones. This application will allow people to quickly check tour dates, listen to music, get news updates, etc. Really neat stuff!
The band is fresh off a summer-long stint crisscrossing North America as a main stage act on the vaunted Vans Warped Tour in support of Leveler which has enjoyed monstrous success, debuting at an impressive #11 on the Billboard 200 in addition to entering the charts as the #1 Hard Rock album and #2 Rock album. Adding longevity to the notable debut, the album has since gone on to sell in excess of 50,000 copies.

Leveler represents AUGUST BURNS RED’s fastest selling album by a significant margin, adding commercial success to the critical praise which the album has garnered from the likes of Alternative Press, Revolver, Rock Sound, Outburn and more, in addition to high marks from dozens of other outlets. Critics praised the album for pushing the band’s sonic boundaries in every direction, while remaining unquestionably a 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

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

“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


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