Sound — 8
August Burns Red's newest CD, Messengers, is a great success. With new members Jake Luhrs (vocals), and Dustin Davidson (bass, vocals) adding in their singing/screaming/growling talents adding to the heavy riffs and tasty licks of the guitar team and the powerful drums and machine gun double kicks of Matt Greiner, ABR continues their strong sound, but keeps it fresh and new.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics took much thought (beyond the colorless words of other death metal and metalcore bands). Though repetitive at times, it adds to the overall meaning of the deep message beyond the heavy instrumentation and praising Christ in every growl (look at the words to Redemption). Jake's new addition to the mix fit perfectly. It was along the lines of their previous vocalist, but more polished while before they were more raw sounding. All good and still intense (like campings "in tents" doo doo ch).
Overall Impression — 9
Though I find Thrill Seeker a better album, Messengers is still a majestic work of art. If Messengers had a few melodic releases within the songs like that of Thrill Seeker (listen to Too Late For Roses) I would be more psyked. I do find the guitars more skillful in Messengers by the musical improvement of JB and Brent. The song Vital Signs is my favorite due to the licks in the begining and The Eleventh Hour doesn't fall too far behind via intensity. Great Album. Buy It! I would. that is if I lost my previous copy.