Phantom Anthem

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Phantom Anthem
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
Genre Melodic metalcore, Christian metal
Length55:05
Label Fearless
Producer Carson 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]

Melodic metalcore is a fusion genre, incorporating elements of metalcore and melodic death metal, with a heavy emphasis on melodic instrumentation, blast beats, metalcore-stylized breakdowns and clean singing. The genre has seen commercial success for employing a "more accessible and commercial style" than typical metalcore. Many notable melodic metalcore bands have been influenced by At the Gates.

August Burns Red American metalcore band

August Burns Red is an American metalcore band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania formed in 2003. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist Jake Luhrs, rhythm guitarist Brent Rambler, lead guitarist John Benjamin "JB" Brubaker, bassist and keyboardist Dustin Davidson, and drummer Matt Greiner. The band was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016 for Best Metal Performance for the song "Identity" from its 2015 release Found in Far Away Places, and again in 2018 for "Invisible Enemy" from their most recent studio album Phantom Anthem (2017). In 2018, the Christmas EP Winter Wilderness was released.

Fearless Records American record label

Fearless Records is a record label that was founded in 1994. Fearless is based in Culver City, California, and are best known for their early pop punk moments captured in the Fearless Flush Sampler and Punk Bites releases, as well as additional releases by bands such as Bigwig and Dynamite Boy, and later Sugarcult, Plain White T's, The Aquabats, Amely and post-hardcore releases by At the Drive-In and Anatomy of a Ghost. However, the label has experimented with different styles in recent years. Acts like Blessthefall, The Word Alive, Ice Nine Kills, Mayday Parade, Pierce The Veil, and The Color Morale have showcased post-hardcore, metalcore and alternative rock bands that have emerged in recent years. Fearless Records' releases are currently distributed nationwide by RED Distribution, but after Concord Music Group take-over, they'll be distributed by Universal Music Group.

Contents

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 82/100 [5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [6]
Alternative Press Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [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]

60th Annual Grammy Awards 2018 ceremony of the Grammy Awards

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 28, 2018. The CBS network broadcast the show live from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show was moved to January to avoid coinciding with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, as was the case in 2010 and 2014. James Corden returned as host.

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 American singer

William Jacob "Jake" Luhrs is an American musician best known as the lead vocalist of August Burns Red.

Matt Greiner, born Matthew Wilson Greiner, is an American metalcore drummer. He's most well known as a founding member for the band August Burns Red. Greiner was homeschooled as a child. Greiner cofounded the drum company Greiner&Kilmer with fellow drummer Kaleb Kilmer, which they founded in 2012. Greiner is an outspoken Christian. While Greiner is best known for his drumming, he also plays the piano.

Additional musicians
Production

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