Words & Photos by Brittany Isaacson

There’s no better way to start off the new year than an August Burns Red show. The band recently kicked off a 10 year anniversary tour for their album Messengers, which was released in 2007. Messengers was the first album to feature Jake Luhrs as the vocalist and was a defining period for the band’s success.

I was fortunate enough to catch the third stop of the tour at The PlayStation Theater in New York City. Having never been to a metal show in NYC before, I did not know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the venue was packed from front to back with excited fans ready to have some fun. Fans all enjoyed performances by ’68, In Hearts Wake, and Protest the Hero. When August Burns Red finally took the stage, not a person in the room was quiet.

August Burns Red played through Messengers in its entirety, making it quite a nostalgic show for longtime fans. Everyone chanted the choruses to their favorite songs and savored hearing ones that aren’t usually played at ABR shows. It didn’t matter if you were in the pit, watching from the balcony, or viewing from the seated area, you were throwing your hands in the air and singing along. The room was full of so much energy, I even caught a security guard banging his head. I thought I had seen some crazy moshpits before, but wow, this one was intense.

Seeing August Burns Red live is always a good time. The energy is contagious and the live show is spot-on. Be sure to catch one of the dates in your area and sing loud to all your favorite hits off of Messengers!

August Burns Red

Protest the Hero

In Hearts Wake


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