Not many bands are talented or creative enough to invent a style of riffing so inextricably tied to their sounds that there's no other way to describe the progression when others bite it. Which is to say, there aren't many bands like August Burns Red. After a scattered beginning, they etched out the blueprints on which they'd base their career on Messengers. Then, with follow-up Constellations, they jacked up the melody on their driving fretboard runs and ran with it for another couple of albums. Until now.
On Found In Far Away Places, the band remove any dependence on their trademark formula. While that formula still peppers the release, they're broken up with enough disparate influences to keep it fresh; in other words, it's now a tool, not a crutch. Opener "The Wake" comes out of the gate snarling and "Martyr" transitions to an atmospheric midsection abruptly but seamlessly.