Episode 413: August Burns Red, Testament, Wake 2020 Album Reviews + 20 Buck Spin Showcase

Stages of Evolution

The only constant is change.  We have seen bands change from almost unnoticeable amounts to seismic sonic shifts. As the catalogs for the three bands below grow, we take a look at how they have evolved..and whether or not we like the change.

And remember – Stay inside. Stay healthy.  Stay Metal.


August Burns Red – Guardians (Fearless)
Testament – Titans of Creation (Nuclear Blast)
Wake Devouring Ruin (Translation Loss)









August Burns Red – Guardians

Testament – Titans of Creation

Wake – Devouring Ruin


  1. Believe it or not Brian, I can’t correct you off the the top of my head about how many original tunes August Burns Red had on their Christmas album Sleddin’ Hill. But Sleddin’ Hill has become a Christmas classic for me. I love that album! But ABR’s regular albums don’t interest me much.

    I’m with you on Testament. I really like Dark Roots of the Earth and do go back to that album on occasion. But even after listening to your review of their new album, I’m on the fence about it. I’ll probably skip it because I’m currently listening to a couple of older prog albums from bands I’d never listened to before such as Riverside and Spock’s Beard. And I got the new album from Symbolik which is great after only one full listen so far. It fits that mold of melodic-ish tech death.

    1. Brian: Yeah, I don’t think I could suggest spending money on the Testament album. Maybe stream it for free if you can but otherwise, You’re not missing a hell of a lot. Also, i actually listened to Symbolic’s album once myself, and liked it. I need to listen again. We don’t currently have plans to review it, but that may change!

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