We got the opportunity to check out August Burns Red on the Austin stop of their “Phantom Anthem Tour”. The tour was over before our launch so we wanted to wait for something special to attach to our review – the music video for “King of Sorrow” release is that thing.

After somewhere near a decade of listening to ABR I anxiously made my way to the pit. August Burns Red is an anomaly – a Grammy-nominated band with 15 years of experience playing with the vigor and tenacity of a band with everything to prove. I can’t recall a time I’ve ever felt the energy I felt in the venue that night having been matched. Their set was tight, Jake Luhrs moves were loose, and the crowd was ready to soak up every single second of it.

The set started with “King of Sorrow” from their most recent album Phantom Anthem – about a third of the setlist came from the album the tour was supporting. August Burns Red has a stage presence that is unparalleled – after 15 years they know their music, their fans, their individual instruments intimately. At one point, while photographing, I got kicked in the back of the head by a crowd surfer as they were being escorted out of the pit we shared a smile, a brief moment that set the tone for the entire evening. There wasn’t a single moment throughout the night that anyone in the venue was still.

Though most of their set came from Phantom Anthem they still entertained fans with tracks from their expansive discography – fan favorites such as “White Washed” and “Mariana’s Trench”. For their encore, the band walked back out to “Fly, Eagles Fly” the Philidelphia Eagle’s fight song after finding out their home team had just won the Super Bowl.

Seeing August Burns Red perform blew me away. Their new music is as encapsulating as their previous releases and we can’t wait to see what they do next.

Laura is a native St. Louisan giving you the front row view by photographing your favorite artists.