15 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sullenness hangs over Incarnate, as Killswitch Engage’s penchant for breakneck tempos and searing fretwork gives way to churning grooves and foreboding melodies. It’s a shift in focus that plays out across “Embrace the Journey...Upraised,” which sees their metalcore blitz downshift into a slower, thicker rhythmic chug. “The Great Deceit” is just as telling: Though the guitars certainly ratchet up their frenzy, they never break free of the drums’ grinding pace. Singer Jesse Leach is a growling, grunting, crooning powerhouse throughout, but especially on the soaring and uniquely symphonic “We Carry On.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

A sullenness hangs over Incarnate, as Killswitch Engage’s penchant for breakneck tempos and searing fretwork gives way to churning grooves and foreboding melodies. It’s a shift in focus that plays out across “Embrace the Journey...Upraised,” which sees their metalcore blitz downshift into a slower, thicker rhythmic chug. “The Great Deceit” is just as telling: Though the guitars certainly ratchet up their frenzy, they never break free of the drums’ grinding pace. Singer Jesse Leach is a growling, grunting, crooning powerhouse throughout, but especially on the soaring and uniquely symphonic “We Carry On.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
332 Ratings
332 Ratings
KIllerdrummer123

This will be a shredding album. Also go away butt hurt Howard fans

Adam D, JaFo, Mike, Joel, and omg Jesse Leach. Killswitch Engage is by far the greatest metal core band that I've ever listened to! This album so far is everything I hoped for, Killswitch riffs, Adam shredding the hell out of his guitar, Justin with his blast beats, Jesse screams, and his cleans, Mikes bass riffs, and Joel just screwing around with his rhythm style. This album is basically any Killswitch Engage fan would die for. Also seriously, people say Howard was the heart and soul of the band. Jesse left for good cause, and he didn't rejoin the band for like 10 years. He left only an email with no explanation of his cause. He has more soul and peace hearted beautiful lyrical and imagination in his writing. Jesse is an inspiration to many and so is Killswitch, can't wait for this album!

MikeBurnsRed

Oh my....

This album reminds me of the last album in its climax to regression in sound and power... But only instrumental wise. And it's mediocre at worst which is STILL GOOD. Now Jessie's vocals on the other hand are just off the wall. Now I've been a true KSE fan since I first heard em back in 05 and I own every single album and song coming with it and I can go track for track and review everything but I won't go that far. All in all these guys delivered as promised. Triumph through tragedy(bonus track) is something really heavy and has some signature KSE grunge from the beginning to end. I wanna say I enjoy DTD's bonus tracks even more for some reason, but TTT makes up for the others mediocre sound. Any who... 🤘🏼😎✊🏽 hope all my fellow KSE heads like what they got. Keep it metal my bros....

KsE Kills

Make Me Feel Something

Under the constant attack from the world around me, my soul has worn thin. KsE continues to break through the almost impenetrable shell I’ve built around me. Thank you from the center of my heart.

About Killswitch Engage

American metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage were at the fore of the early-2000s metalcore wave, achieving chart success and garnering Grammy nominations while selling millions of records. Forming Killswitch Engage in Westfield, Massachusetts, the band's four founding members already had strong fan followings when they got started. Bassist Mike D'Antonio was formerly the leader and principal songwriter of Overcast, often considered a progenitor of the metalcore genre. 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 guitar player. After Jesse Leach -- vocalist for Corrin and Nothing Stays Gold -- joined, the foursome took the name Killswitch Engage.

Killswitch Engage made their debut by opening for In Flames on tour. Their combination of brutality, sophistication, and originality caught the attention of the Ferret label and the band was quickly signed. Ferret released Killswitch Engage's self-titled debut album in June 2000 and it immediately captured rave reviews. The group combined heavy riffs mixed with both singing and screaming vocals, which covered a range from low-pitched death growls to higher-pitched hyena screams. Stroetzel developed a guitar rhythm that galloped, and the others kept pace as they combined elements of hardcore and metal in their melodies.

During 2001, the band recorded "Numbered Days" for local Boston radio station WERS' Nasty Habits live CD, a compilation with bands such as God Forbid, Haste, Unearth, and Poison the Well. That same year, Killswitch Engage signed with Roadrunner Records and started recording their second full album, Alive or Just Breathing, at the Zing Studio in Westfield, Massachusetts. They expanded to a five-piece with the addition of former Aftershock drummer Tom Gomes, as Dutkiewicz moved over to guitar. The album included favorites such as "Self-Revolution," "Just Barely Breathing," and a re-recorded version of "Temple from the Within." Andy Sneap was signed on to mix and master in his English studio. The album aimed at even more of the growling bass tone, heavier guitar crunch, and thicker/faster double bass that permeated the music of the band, and it was greeted with high praise upon its release in May 2002, shooting to number 37 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

Tours with Soilwork and Hypocrisy finished before the band suffered a setback that June; lead singer Leach suddenly left the group, citing voice problems and personal issues (he later went on to join metal outfit Seemless). Breaking up was not an option, but Killswitch were still unsure of their future -- until auditioning Howard Jones that is, vocalist for local metalcore outfit Blood Has Been Shed. The band and Jones clicked immediately, and his charismatic yet menacing stage presence sealed the deal. He made his debut with the band at summer 2002's Hellfest, and the guys stayed on the road for the remainder of the year, both home and abroad, winning over skeptics along the way. Gomes exited the group following their stint on 2003's Ozzfest, and he was replaced by another Blood Has Been Shed alum, drummer Justin Foley.

The End of Heartache appeared in spring 2004, debuting at number 21 on the Top 200 and even earning Killswitch a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. Much touring followed, including acting as main support for Slayer and spots on package tours like Ozzfest and Taste of Chaos, while the band also released the DVD Set This World Ablaze in late 2005. Killswitch Engage further rocked a main stage spot at the U.K.'s Reading Festival in summer 2006. All of this activity ultimately led up to the release of their fourth full-length, As Daylight Dies, that November. In 2009, Killswitch returned with a second self-titled album and found themselves jumping onto the Billboard 200. Three years later, the band announced the departure of singer Jones, who was replaced by original frontman Leach. He marked his return to Killswitch on their 2013 album, Disarm the Descent. The set debuted well inside the Top Ten on various album charts. The track "In Due Time" was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. After several tours in support, Killswitch took some well-deserved time off.

In early 2015, the band teased a 40-second snippet of "Loyalty"; the track ended up on Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Vol. 2, for the Game of Thrones television series. They also began informally demoing new tracks. After a summer tour, Killswitch entered the studio. In December, the single "Strength of Mind" was released to the Internet. The album Incarnate was released in March of 2016, and debuted at number six on Billboard's Top 200; it was followed immediately by a national tour. In 2017, the band entered the studio to record album number eight, which featured a vocal duet with both Jones and Leach. ~ Eleanor Ditzel & Corey Apar

ORIGIN
Boston, MA
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1999

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