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Phantom Anthem

Phantom Anthem
Phantom anthem.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
GenreMelodic metalcore, Christian metal
Length55:05
LabelFearless
ProducerCarson Slovak, Grant McFarland[1]
August Burns Red chronology
Found in Far Away Places
(2015)
Phantom Anthem
(2017)
Singles from Phanton Anthem
  1. "Invisible Enemy"
    Released: July 26, 2017[2]
  2. "The Frost"
    Released: September 14, 2017
  3. "Dangerous"
    Released: October, 30, 2018

Phantom Anthem is the eighth studio album by American melodic metalcore band August Burns Red. The album was released on October 6, 2017 through Fearless Records.[3] The album peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200, selling 19,000 equivalent album units (17,000 in traditional sales) in its first week.[4]

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic82/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[7]

Metacritic, with four ratings from selected critics, assigns a score of 82 out of 100, giving the album universal acclaim. James Christopher Monger, from AllMusic, gives the album 4/5 stars, and stated that Phantom Anthem delivers "a balanced, brutal, and almost relentlessly efficient 11-track set that deftly utilizes every inch of sonic space to its advantage".[8] NewNoiseMagazine offers some additional positive feedback, praised the newest album, stating "It's true, classic metalcore, with sometimes lightning fast feeling guitar work underlying harsh vocals. There are not really any clean vocals on this release, but that's not a drawback...it doesn't push the genre – other bands can do that – instead, it just perfects it."[9]

August Burns Red received a Grammy nomination for their song "Invisible Enemy" under the "Best Metal Performance" category.[10]

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."King of Sorrow"4:06
2."Hero of the Half Truth"5:04
3."The Frost"4:50
4."Lifeline"5:38
5."Invisible Enemy"4:41
6."Quake"4:09
7."Coordinates"5:12
8."Generations"6:03
9."Float"4:16
10."Dangerous"4:23
11."Carbon Copy"5:43
Total length:55:05

Weekly charts

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 46
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 40
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[13] 57
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 58
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[15] 10
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 56
US Billboard 200[17] 19
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[18] 1
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[19] 5
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[20] 4

Personnel

August Burns Red
  • Jake Luhrs – lead vocals
  • JB Brubaker – lead guitar
  • Brent Rambler – rhythm guitar
  • Dustin Davidson – bass, backing vocals
  • Matt Greiner – drums
Additional musicians
  • Taylor Brandt – violin on "Float", "Generations", and "The Frost"
  • Grant McFarland – cello on "Generations", "Coordinates", "Dangerous", "Float", "The Frost" and "King of Sorrow"
Production
  • Carson Slovak – producer, engineer, mixer
  • Grant McFarland – producer, engineer, mixer
  • Bob McCoy – assistant engineer
  • Troy Glessner – mastering

References

  1. ^ "August Burns Red - Fearless Records". Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "August Burns Red Confirm New Album Title, First Single Set To Debut - Theprp.com". July 26, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Dickman, Maggie (July 27, 2017). "August Burns Red announce new album, debut striking new song Invisible Enemy". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "August Burns Red & Camp Bow on Top Christian Albums Chart". Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Phantom Anthem - August Burns Red - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Christopher Monger, James. "Phantom Anthem". AllMusic. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Slessor, Dan (October 6, 2017). "August Burns Red – Phantom Anthem". Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Phantom Anthem - August Burns Red - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Album Review: August Burns Red - Phantom Anthem". October 3, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Lynch, Joe. "Grammys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
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  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – August Burns Red – {{{album}}}" (in German). Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "August Burns Red Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  15. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – August Burns Red – {{{album}}}". Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "August Burns Red Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "August Burns Red Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "August Burns Red Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "August Burns Red Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.