Sound — 10
Tight. One word can describe this entire album and that is it. ABR have come along way since their 2005 release, Thrill Seeker and it shows. The rhythms of the breakdowns are weirder than ever, their riffs are faster and their vocals are harder. To start with, their breakdowns have never been heavier as shown in songs like Back Burner, The Eleventh Hour and An American Dream. The complex rhythms that ABR is known for are back and even crazier. Even after many listens these rhythms will never stick in your head and it blows your mind how they can remember them while they play it live. ABR also throws in some pretty impressive and catchy riffs this time around such as in the intro of The Truth Of A Liar and Black Sheep. Their proficiency as musicians has grown in leaps and bounds and it is easily visible in almost all of their songs. They have a new vocalist this time around and he brings something new to the table, which is greater range. His voice can have a high pitched scream at some parts and sometimes can even go into what seems like death metal vocals, but it always fits that part of the song perfectly.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics on Messengers are somewhat different from Thrill Seeker, in that every member of the band contributed to the writing of the songs. Most songs lyrics are very epic and fit the song extremely well, especially in heavier parts and breakdowns the lyrics seem to make it almost heavier than it is, such as in The Eleventh Hour. The lyrics range in topics throughout the songs and can be interpreted by the listener as they please. The beliefs of the band are a bit more prominent in this album, especially in songs like Redemption and a few others.
Overall Impression — 9
Messengers is everything that Thrill Seeker was and much more. August Burns Red knew that they did not have to change their style of music as many bands do too frequently today, but simply improve on it. These young musicians have come a far way from their earlier releases and even Thrill Seeker. This album is the new face of metalcore and once again sets the bar in its genre for other bands as it's predecessor did 2 years ago. I love everything about this album and a few songs that stuck out in particular are Back Burner, Black Sheep, An American Dream and The Eleventh Hour. August Burns Red have served up another epic album and continue to impress fans and critics each time.