Photo of August Burns Red by Andrew Le
I’ve grown accustomed to packed audiences at the Roseland, as most shows are, but the August Burns Red show was buzzing louder than usual, it seemed. Even before the band when on stage, during the changeover, System of a Down’s “Chop Suey” played and had the entire crowd singing along. The energy was strong. Soon, the lights went down—the room roared and didn’t stop until every member was onstage ready to go. ABR kicked things off with “King of Sorrow,” the opening track off their latest release, Phantom Anthem (2017). Even with a newer song, the crowd was electric. The band effortlessly continued to work the crowd with an array of songs from their vast discography. To say the least, it was a solid night for Portland metalcore fans.
August Burns Red