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Album Review

Westfield, MA-based metalcore kings Killswitch Engage's fifth full-length album (and second eponymous release) was co-produced by Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Mastodon), resulting in the group's most commercially viable collection of progressive/thrash/emo-metal to date. Where 2006's As Daylight Dies hinted at an accelerated focus on the more melodic aspects of extreme metal, Killswitch Engage cements the notion. After a typically brutal opener that epitomizes the band's penchant for scorching thrash-heavy verses and sweeping, melodious choruses, the quintet spits out the radio-ready "Starting Over." Flanked by dual guitar leads that echo classic Iron Maiden and shot through with a truly great vocal take from lead singer Howard Jones (who sounds remarkably like a classically trained Trent Reznor throughout the album), it's one of the album's finest, though ultimately divisive moments. It sets a significantly different template for the remainder of the record, trading tight machine-gun riffs ("Save Me," "A Light in a Darkened World") for angst-fueled midtempo dirges ("Lost," "This Is Goodbye") that might disappoint fans who feel that the punk-infused slow-burn post-hardcore albums like Alive or Just Breathing and End of Heartache are the barometers for which all future endeavors must be compared.

Customer Reviews

Sick as always.

Their sound may have matured but they are still the best in the genre. I feel sorry for any fans that refuse to grow along with them.

New album eh?

Where do i even begin...i just got finished listening to an album ive been anticipating since 2006 and im a lil more than disappointed. Kse really changed alot here. I know some fans wanted that, but one thing I really missed was the gorgeous and almost dreamy choruses from As Daylight Dies and the ballsy-ness from End Of Heartache. This album has its sung choruses and a few ballsy riffs here and there, but something just doesnt feel right. It could be because adam did not directly produce this album and some other dude did the main work. Also where the hell is Adams background singing? That is signature kse and makes the song complete! His voice is too good to not include him. Also howard sounds like a pubescent teenager crying on this album, im one of the biggest howard fans ever but his voice changed ALOT. I threw on my headphones and plugge in my iphone as soon as the clock hit 12 so i could hop on itunes and buy it asap. Now im


Ok, I Love Killswitch Engage, and I have been waiting forever for this album to be in my hands, and I thought it would be ok, nothing over the top, BUT I HAVE BEEN PROVEN WRONG! This is the rush, that music, that greatness we have been waiting for, with the solos, riffs, incredible drumming, bass lines, vocals, you name it! It was worth more than 12 dollars!!!! If you are just getting into KsE, or have been a fan for a long time, this is the album for you! Once you listen to it, you will be mezmerized! It's so colorful, so great, gives you that amazing zing from start to finish! And the Live Songs, I thought oh cool, a couple live tracks, but I listened, THEY ROCK! From the comedy and duel vocals From Adam D. in My Curse Live, to the INSANE solos in Holy Diver, Or the incredible Screams and Squeals in Rose of Sharyn, it's Worth it!!! So click that Buy Album Button, and get ready for the thrill of your life!!! Too bad I Can't Give more than 5 stars, i would give it at least 12!!!


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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