So we got the official press release about August Burns Red‘s new album Leveler today. It’s a pretty wordy affair, and you don’t really care about most of what was said (trust me), but there were a couple of interesting tidbits.

The artwork, created by artist Jordan Crane, brings a striking comic book flair that the band wanted the artwork to encompass.

“What we were going for with the cover was an image of a house that had been destroyed by a natural disaster,” says Brubaker. “The cover depicts a house that has been leveled by something like a hurricane. You can see the trees in the background are bent sideways from enduring strong winds. There are a bunch of chickens in the foreground who have come out of hiding to continue on with their daily activities. The chickens represent the calm after the storm. They represent life and the promise of a new day. The art has a real indie-rock vibe to it, which I like because while we’re obviously not an indie band, we’re not a typical metal band either.”

I kind of want to make fun of it, but fair play to them, it’s not like your ‘usual’ metal album cover, which for me is never a bad thing, and we actually like these guys, so I’ll withhold the asshole stick. That being said, I feel like the hand-holding explanation was unnecessary, but there you go.

The album was produced by Jason Suecof, who was also behind 2009’s Constellations, which was pretty successful if I remember correctly.

After the jump, official tracklisting (plus bonus tracks for the deluxe edition), as well as a bunch of upcoming tour dates, as ABR will be the shining light of okay in the fetid pile of camel piss that is this year’s Warped Tour!

Tracklisting
01. Empire
02. Internal Cannon
03. Divisions
04. Cutting the Ties
05. Pangaea
06. Carpe Diem
07. 740 Nights
08. Salt & Light
09. Poor Millionaire
10. 1/16/2011
11. Boys of Fall
12. Leveler

Bonus Tracks for Deluxe Edition:
13. Internal Cannon (acoustic)
14. Pangaea (performed by Bells)
15. Boys of Fall (performed by Zachary Veilleux)
16. Empire (midi)

Upcoming Dates
May 30 – Moscow, Russia @ Tochka Club
May 31 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Glav Club
Jun 1 – Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi
Jun 2 – Hassleholm, Sweden @ Siesta Festival
Jun 3 – Nuerburgring, Germany @ Rock Am Ring
Jun 5 – Nuremberg, Germany @ Rock Im Park
Jun 7 – Athens, Greece @ Kyttaro Club
Jun 8 – Istanbul, Turkey @ Balans Club

Warped Tour
Jun 24 – Dallas TX @ Gexa Energy Pavillion
Jen 25 – Houston TX @ The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park
Jun 26 – San Antonio TX @ AT&T Center
Jun 29 – Las Cruces NM @ NMSU Practice Field
Jun 30 – Las Vegas NM @ Plaza Hotel – Parking Lot
Jul 1 – Pomona CA @ Pomona Fairplex
Jul 2 – Mountain View CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
Jul 3 -Ventura CA @ Ventura County Fairground at Seaside Park
Jul 6 – Bonner Springs KS @ Sandstone Amphitheater
Jul 7 – Noblesville IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul 8 – Detroit MI @ Comerica Park
Jul 9 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Jul 10 – Shakopee MN @ Canterbury Park
Jul 12 – Darien Center NY @ Darien Lakes Fields
Jul 13 – Mansfield MA @ Comcast Center
Jul 14 – Scranton PA @ Toyota Pavillion at Montage Mountain
Jul 15 – Mississauga ON @ The Flats at Arrow Hall
Jul 16 – Montreal QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
Jul 17 – Hartford CT @ Comcast Theater
Jul 19 – Milwaukee WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
Jul 20 – Cleveland OH @ Blossom Music Center
Jul 21 – Camden NJ @ Susquehana Bank Center
Jul 22 – Burgettstown PA @ First Niagara Pavillion
Jul 23 – Uniondale NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Jul 24 – Oceanport NJ @ Monmouth Park Raceway
Jul 26 – Columbia MC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jul 27 – Virginia Beach VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 28 – Charlotte NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 29 – Orlando FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds
Jul 30 – West Palm Beach FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
Jul 31 – St. Petersburg FL @ Vinoy Park
Aug 1 – Atlanta GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
Aug 2 – Cincinnati OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Aug 3 – St Louis MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 4 – Council Bluffs IA @ Westfair Fairgrounds
Aug 5 – Denver CO @ Invesco Field at Mile High
Aug 6 – Salt Lake City UT @ Utah State Fairpark
Aug 7 – Phoenix AZ @ Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion
Aug 9 – San Diego CA @ Cricket Amphitheater
Aug 10 – Carson CA @ Cal State Dominguez Hills
Aug 11 – Marysville CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
Aug 12 – Nampa ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
Aug 13 – George WA @ The Gorge Amphitheater
Aug 14 – Hilsboro OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds

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