January 31, 2019
Photographed by Michael Mullenix
On Thursday, January 31st, August Burns Red brought the Dangerous Tour through Texas and landed at the Alamo City Music Hall in San Antonio for a night of extreme but uplifting Metal. The band took the stage with sweeping arpeggios and launched out on the tour’s namesake, Dangerous, a punishing track from the latest album, The Phantom Anthem. From there it was a powerful overview on the Phantom Anthem’s staying power with songs like Float, Invisible Enemy, and King Of Sorrow, all reinforcing the band’s meteoric rise as one of the preeminent headliners in the Metal scene today. The thing that separates August Burns Red from their contemporaries is a more uplifting spirit of their songs. Their mantra which can be seen on T-shirts and other merch has been “Angry Music For Happy People”, a sentiment that seems to harken back in part to their outspoken Christian Faith. Looking through songs like Ghost, which is in the lowest key of the band’s set (A#), still has the ability to incorporate ethereal, uplifting guitar segments against its brutal verses and subject matter. After the false-closer of Empire, the band returned onstage for an epic drum-solo and an instrumental guitar rendition of the music from the Legend of Zelda in which Dustin Davidson supplied the third guitar harmony. After that the band closed out on the last two songs The Frost and White Washed, sending a charged audience home with roaring cheers.