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August Burns Red Biography


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Birth Place: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years Active: 2002-present
Genres: Metalcore, Progressive Metal


August Burns Red is an American Christian metalcore band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in March 2003, the band began their first performances while a majority of the members were still attending high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster. The band claims that band name is derived from an incident involving their first vocalist, Jon Hershey. They are primarily known for their heavy breakdowns and odd-meter riffs and are signed to the Christian record label, Solid State Records, a division of Tooth & Nail Records.

They recorded their first EP titled “Looks Fragile After All” with label CI Records in 2004. After about a year of playing shows with a new vocalist the band was signed to Solid State Records in 2005. Original vocalist Jon Hershey would later go on to form instrumental post-rock band Bells. New lead vocalist, Jake Luhrs and August Burns Red released “Thrill Seeker,” their first full-length albumin 2005.

Their second album, “Messengers,” was released in 2007. The album peaked at #81 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and went to #1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.

In February 2009, the band released their second EP, entitled “Lost Messengers: The Outtakes.” It contained outtakes and material that was not included on “Messengers.” The EP reached #17 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.

“Constellations,” their third full-length album, was released in 2009 and debuted at #24 on the Billboard 200. It also reached #1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and #2 on the Hard Rock Albums chart.

They released their fourth album, “Leveler,” in 2011 and it became their third consecutive #1 full-length album on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. It also topped the Hard Rock Albums chart and went to #11 on the Billboard 200.