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Editors’ Notes

What does a metal band do when they’ve demolished everything they’ve set out to demolish? Create more anthems to chaos, naturally. For its second self-titled album (the first was its 2000 debut) Killswitch Engage’s melodic metalcore brutality gets a facelift. Producer Brendan O’Brien pushed vocalist Howard Jones to enunciate and sing more and the difference can be heard on “The Forgotten” and “The Return” with Jones clearly channeling his inner Bruce Dickinson. The band matches his focus and intensity; the first two singles “Reckoning” and “Starting Over” reveal a leaner, cleaner KsE firing on all pistons. The twin guitar work of Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel and drummer Justin Foley’s double kick work create a worthy soundtrack for the hardest MMA entrance music or the gnarliest Wall of Death pits. Metalcore is crowded with pretenders and Killswitch Engage is a convincing argument for KsE’s ascension to the throne.

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Let me begin this review by establishing my devotion to Killswitch Engage. I have been a fan of this band since the days of Jesse Leach and have consitently loved each and every song they have blessed us with.

The new album of 2009 was my greatest musical anticipation of the year as I knew Killswitch would put out another perfect, timeless album for me to enjoy. I am still stunned to be saying this but the musical path Killswitch Engage has embarked on with this new album is extremely diluted, unmemorable and completely mainstream. It is as if Killswitch Engage changed their musical style to suit a wider range of fans rather than make music purely for the love of what they were creating. I can associate this drastic change in the bands chemistry with the newly acquired producer most definitely pushed them in the wrong direction. Adam D's production skills were not only perfect but kept the band at a core level. The lack of vocals from the extremely unique and euphoric voice of Adam caught me completely off guard as I thought this was a major aspect in why the band sounded as good as they did.

Among all my disapointment comes confusion as well. Why did this extremley innovative band change for the worse? What factor led them to stray away from their brutally unique and powerful style? If Killswitch Engage continues on this path I will unbelievably saddened as this will be my first experience of the death of a band that I truly love.


Let me be the first to let everyone know...That KSE has just created and release another masterpiece among the world. They have a little faster pace to most of the songs as well as some being the heaviest instrumentally that they have ever recorded. On top of that Howard Jones still unleashes the desired banshee howls, yet there is much more singing. So to recap; FASTER, MEATIER, HEAVIER & MORE MELODIC...ALL IN ONE RELEASE! Why look anywhere else.?


killswitch engaged have done it again they have put out another amazing album!!! a little diffrent than their last album but still a solid album none the less!!


Formed: 1999 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The four bandmembers who came together and created Killswitch Engage already had strong fan followings. Mike D'Antonio (bass) was formerly the leader and principal songwriter of Overcast, the legendary underground metal group. When Overcast split in 1998, D'Antonio sought for a year to find the right combination of players to fuse hardcore and metal with melody. During the summer of 1999, D'Antonio connected with Adam Dutkiewicz, who was the drummer for Aftershock, and Joel Stroetzel, Aftershock's...
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