August Burns Red will release a re-recorded version of its fourth album, “Leveler: 10th Anniversary Edition,” on May 21, 2021. The new recording features special guests, new guitar solos, alternate tunings and more.
It will be self-released on ABR Records. Pre-order it here. It also will be available on CD and a variety of colored vinyl directly from the band at this location. There will be new merch with the pre-order bundles.
Fans can expect guest appearances from Matt Heafy of Trivium, who adds a guitar solo and vocals on “Internal Cannon,” while Periphery’s Misha Mansoor contributes a guitar solo on “Pangaea.” Also, vocalist Ryan Kirby of Fit for a King sings on “Poor Millionaire.”
“Leveler: 10th Anniversary Edition” was produced, mixed and mastered by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland at Atrium Audio. The vinyl was mastered by Will Putney.
ABR will perform “Leveler” in full, with an encore of songs from 2009’s “Constellations,” during itsnext livestream at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Saturday, May 22. It will be streaming on demand for 48 hours afterwards. Tickets and merch bundles are available here.
“‘Leveler’ is a record we’ve always been proud of, and we wanted to do something special for its ten-year anniversary,” lead guitarist JB Brubaker said. “We’ve done some cool remix projects for previous albums when they’ve turned 10, but with Leveler, we decided to kick things up a notch. COVID has kept us off the road for such a long time that we found ourselves with a rare opportunity to take on this unique project.”
He continued: “We dove into this record and dissected the songs, rewriting solos, changing the tunings, adding new textures and elements, and got a few of our friends to do some guest spots as well. Our longtime producers Carson Slovak and Grand McFarland handled the recording/mixing and helped us take Leveler to new sonic heights. I think this is the best-sounding ABR record we’ve ever made, and it’s going to allow people to experience the record in a whole new way. I can’t wait to share this with everyone.”
“Leveler: 10th Anniversary Edition” track listing:
“Internal Cannon” (featuring Matthew K. Heafy)
“Cutting the Ties”
“Pangaea” (featuring Misha “Bulb” Mansoor)
“Salt & Light”
“Poor Millionaire” (featuring Ryan Kirby)
“Boys of Fall”