Preview: August Burns Red at The Newport

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From the September 9, 2012 edition

The Bible is full of agricultural metaphors in which the wheat (the good stuff) falls to the threshing floor and the chaff (the waste product) drifts away to oblivion. Let me flip the metaphor upside down for a moment, because the Christian metalcore horde spans far and wide and most certainly earthbound, yet August Burns Red floats above it all. They’re the good stuff, a beacon of quality amidst almost unimaginable mediocrity.

The tools of their trade aren’t different from those of their contemporaries — squealing pinch harmonic riffs, gut-wrenching screams, battering-ram percussion — but August Burns Red wields them well.

As such, the Pennsylvania combo owns one of the most feverishly loyal fan bases in their genre. Those fans will crowd into the Newport this Wednesday to see their heroes with co-headliners Of Mice and Men plus openers The Color Morale and The Overseer.