August Burns Red have announced “Leveler: 10th Anniversary Edition.” The band has re-recorded its fourth album, which was originally released on June 21, 2011, with special guests, brand new guitar solos, alternate tunings, and more.
“Leveler: 10th Anniversary Edition” will be available digitally May 21 via ABR Records. The release will also be available on CD and a variety of colored vinyl directly from the band. Pre-order here. There will be new merch with the pre-order bundles.
Watch the announcement video below:
Fans can expect guest appearances from Matt Heafy of Trivium, who adds a guitar solo and vocals on “Internal Cannon”, while Periphery’s Misha Mansoor contributes a guitar solo on “Pangaea”. Also, vocalist Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King sings on “Poor Millionaire”. Listen to the new version of “Poor Millionaire” below.
Leveler: 10th Anniversary Edition was produced, mixed, and mastered by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland at Atrium Audio. The vinyl was mastered by Will Putney.
ABR will perform Leveler in full, with an encore of songs from 2009’s Constellations, during their next livestream on Saturday, May 22 at 8 PM, ET/5 PM, PT. It will be streaming on demand for 48 hours afterwards. The show will feature the largest and most exciting production the band has ever done. Tickets and merch bundles are available here.
“Leveler is a record we’ve always been proud of, and we wanted to do something special for its ten-year anniversary,” says Brubaker. “We’ve done some cool remix projects for previous albums when they’ve turned 10, but with Leveler, we decided to kick things up a notch. COVID has kept us off the road for such a long time that we found ourselves with a rare opportunity to take on this unique project.”
He continues, “We dove into this record and dissected the songs, rewriting solos, changing the tunings, adding new textures and elements, and got a few of our friends to do some guest spots as well. Our longtime producers Carson Slovak and Grand McFarland handled the recording/mixing and helped us take Leveler to new sonic heights. I think this is the best-sounding ABR record we’ve ever made, and it’s going to allow people to experience the record in a whole new way. I can’t wait to share this with everyone.”
Internal Cannon (feat. Matthew K. Heafy)
Cutting the Ties
Pangaea (feat. Misha “Bulb” Mansoor)
Salt & Light
Poor Millionaire (feat. Ryan Kirby)
Boys of Fall
Video for ‘Poor Millionaire’ (feat. Ryan Kirby):