Posted September 19, 2011
If I had to define at which point August Burns Red really broke out and became the powerhouses that they are today, I would have to point to this album. The dreaded "sophomore slump" does not apply here as this band proves by revamping their lineup and delievering what is possibly one of the best metal albums I've ever heard. The songs I heard from their debut album, Thrill Seeker, were good but didn't have that great of a production value and musical depth. Those issues have been answered as this album's production sounds good and the band's musical depth really shines. You can tell that ABR quickly figured out who they were and what they wanted to sound like in the time frame between albums. This album has more brutal sounding songs and more maturity in the songwriting. The final track, "Redemption," is especially noteworthy because it's basically telling us what ABR is all about, 5 guys who are serving God through their music.
Messengers is easily ABR's finest work and it's also one of the best metal albums period.
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