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After the departure of singer Howard Jones, Killswitch Engage began work on its sixth studio album with founding frontman Jesse Leach, who hadn’t worked with the band since 2002’s Alive or Just Breathing. But don’t think of 2013’s Disarm the Descent as a nostalgic reunion album. The opening cut, “The Hell in Me,” is an eruption of metalcore played faster than anything heard on preceding Killswitch Engage recordings. Leach balances his throat-grating screams and shrieks with melodic and soulful crooning. When both voices are simultaneously singing ”Lead me out of the darkness,” it sounds like his inner Jekyll and Hyde are battling for his mortal soul. The standout single “In Due Time” boasts lightning-fast fretboard work by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, whose backing vocals blend with Leach's so closely on the melodic parts that at times a third harmonic overtone can be heard popping out of the mix. Of the four special-edition bonus tracks, “Blood Stains” is the heaviest. Both “Numbered Days” and “My Curse” showcase the band’s uncanny strength in a live setting.

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I'm going to review this album kind of like a critic does.

"Disarm the Descent" starts off on kind of a low point with "The Hell in Me" which entered as a kind of shaky start. The album quickly got better though as it raised the standard of the album with "Beyond the Flames." "New Awakening" quickly grabs the listener's attention with its heavier style while "In Due Time" captivates the listener with its heavy to harmonious melody.
To me, "A Tribute to the Fallen is the Alvin's best song with powerful transitions, a deep message underneath and a strong performance throughout. "A Turning Point" is a slight drop off from the previous track but remains high standard with the transitions. "All We Have" is another low point for me, but "You Don't Bleed For Me" quickly gets you back into it.
"The Call" keeps the album going at a strong force.
"No End In Sight" keeps you captivated with its strong vocals and chorus.
The album finishes strong with the 3rd best song of the album "Always" which is a powerful and deep song and the first I know of where Jesse Leach does not scream. And it finishes with the 2nd best song: "Time Will Not Remain" which has its strong chorus and message with a capturing beat.
My song-by-song rating of "Disarm the Descent"
The Hell In Me: 10/15
Beyond the Flames: 12/15
New Awakening: 14/15
In Due Time: 15/15
A Tribute to the Fallen: 20/15
A Turning Point: 16/15
All We Have: 11/15
You Don't Bleed For Me: 15/15
The Call: 15/15
No End In Sight: 15/15
Always: 17/15
Time Will Not Remain: 18/15
My overall rating of "Disarm The Descent": 10/10

Welcome back Jesse

I'm a huge fan of both vocalists, but Alive or Just Breathing was like a life changing album. I embraced Howard coming in because he could manage Jesse's vocal range pretty well, and KsE continued to put out a good product with him behind the mic. But Jesse coming back is the best news I've heard from the metal world in a long time. He's an incredibly talented song writer and vocalist and I can't wait to hear what these guys have in store


I'm upset. The band doesn't seem quite the same. I felt like they were moving forward with Howard but now they just back tracked. However I still love a lot of the instrumentals. Go Adam D.


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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