Published on April 3rd, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


August Burns Red Drummer Matt Greiner On The New “Guardians” Album, Farming & Metalcore

One of the most successful metalcore bands past or present, August Burns Red has just released a new studio album called Guardians. Yet another full-length release crafted for Fearless Records, Guardians is poised to be yet another Billboard Top 10 release for August Burns Red; the group has already scored 4 Top 20 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 chart. 2017’s Phantom Anthem also notably delivered the second “Best Metal Performance” GRAMMY nomination for the Pennsylvania group.

Guardians was recorded at Think Loud Studios in York, Pennsylvania — as owned by members of the band +LIVE+ — alongside longtime producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarlandth. “Defender” was the first song written for the record, while “Bones” has served as a focus track. It is the eighth full-length overall for August Burns Red which is nearing its 20th anniversary as a band.

Current tour plans are up in the air for August Burns Red due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, but I had the pleasure of speaking with August Burns Red drummer and founding member Matt Greiner by phone on March 27, 2020. We not only spoke about Guardians, but also Greiner’s ventures outside of the band. And simply put, musicians rarely come as relaxed or pleasant as Greiner. Audio from the full chat is embedded for your listening pleasure, in addition to music from Guardians.

More on August Burns Red — which also includes guitarists JB Brubaker and Brent Rambler, lead vocalist Jake Luhrs and bassist Dustin Davidson — can be found online at

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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