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August Burns Red's music reaches beyond metalcore fans

Though August Burns Red has been a stalwart presence in the metalcore community, it’s finally time for other music fans to take notice.

This past year was certainly a highlight for the band (vocalist Jake Luhrs, guitarists JB Brubaker and Brent Rambler, bassist Dustin Davidson and drummer Matt Greiner), which earned a Grammy nomination for the song “Identity” off the 2015 album, “Found in Faraway Places.” It’s not a surprise the Grammys would recognize the band, since it perfectly embodies the best traits in metal. This past album was a hard-hitting emotional dive, but it’s the way the guitar takes its own path in a lot of these songs that hook the listener. The technicality and the layering that goes on in all levels is pretty spectacular.

August Burns Red will perform at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Opening is another fantastic band, Protest the Hero, who I have been a fan of since 2008’s “Fortress.” These guys are wizards. The vocals are soaring, the guitars are virtuosic and it all  works so perfectly. Protest the Hero adds a nice little bit of melodicism to this bill, so if you need clean vocals in your metal, here it is. There’s a lot of great prog elements that these guys bring to the table as well, so keep your ears open.

Tickets are $23 advance, $25 day of show (


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