August Burns Red have debuted on Billboards top albums chart at #11 with last week’s release of “Leveler”. That is a huge move for a metalcore band and especially a Christian group. I know it doesn’t take much to debut in on the Billboard charts these days but it’s still a bold title to claim and one that the band (and label) can be proud of. Read the full press release below.
June 21, 2011 – Leveler, the highly praised fourth album from genre giants AUGUST BURNS RED debuted at an impressive #11 on the Billboard 200, with total first-week sales of 28,535.
The anticipated album also landed at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart and was the sixth best selling album overall among the week’s new releases. Further, the ferocious album hit the #1 position on the iTunes Rock Charts.
Leveler’s commercial success matches the critical praise that the album has garnered from the likes of Alternative Press, Revolver, Rock Sound and more, in addition to high marks from dozens of other outlets (see select praise below). Vocalist Jake Luhrs can be seen on the cover of the upcoming issue of Alternative Press.
In a time when album sales across the board are declining, Leveler’s first week sales represent an industry defying 40% growth over the first week sales of the band’s 2009 breakout album, Constellations, which debuted at #24 in the Top 200 and has gone on to sell more than 95,000 copies.
For AUGUST BURNS RED, Leveler represents an enormous step forward in a career defined by steady growth. The band is currently on the road as a mainstage act in this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour, which will deliver them to nearly every major market in North America to bring Leveler’s sonic spectacle directly to fans.
On Leveler, AUGUST BURNS RED re-teamed with super producer Jason Suecof. The result is an album that pushes the band’s sonic boundaries in every direction, yet emerges as an unquestionably heavier album than its predecessor. It’s a game-changer, for ABR, and for fans of hard rock everywhere.