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Killswitch Engage [2009]

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1686-178892

  • Credits

    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 death metal verses and sweeping, melodious choruses, the quintet spits out the radio-ready "Starting Over." Flanked by dual guitar leads that echo classic Iron Maiden 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 disc's finest moments. The remainder of the record follows a significantly different template, 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.

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "KILLSWITCH ENGAGE is a concise encapsulation of everything KSE do well....It's a meat-and-potatoes guitar-bass-drums record..."
    Alternative Press - "It's a meat-and-potatoes guitar-bass-drums record; some tastefully melancholy piano on the album-closing 'This Is Goodbye' is one of few instrumental adornments."
    Billboard (p.28) - "[With] focused aggression and predicatable melodic swells, you can't help but enjoy such quintessential Killswitch Engage tracks as 'Never Again' or the Mettalica-esque chords that open 'The Forgotten'..."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Killswitch sound is a good one. 'A Light In A Darkened World, 'This Is Goodbye' and 'The Forgotten' demonstrate the scope of the band's ambition..."
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