The original American Idol has released a new album ruminating on The Meaning of Life. The subject matter of that album, given the record’s title, tells us a lot about how the secular culture establishes meaning and purpose.
Continuing a streak of creative force that makes them one of the best metalcore bands in the business, August Burns Red has churned out an album that makes a convincing argument for their best album yet. Bolstered by diverse instrumentation, melodic overlays balancing out the metalcore framework, and a consistent, relentless intensity in tone, Phantom Anthem is bold without being pretentious, accessible but not cliché.
From politics to celebrities to religion, western culture has a big outrage problem right now. Any news that comes out must have us angry at someone for something, and if you aren’t always angry, well then, are you really informed?
Dubbed the audio aesthetic of 2017 by his very dedicated followers, and my mission here is hardly to argue with that assessment…
3 quick adjectives that summarize it all rather brilliantly.