Killswitch Engage CD Review
July 3rd, 2009 at 10:04am

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RATING: 4/5

In 2004/2005 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE not only made me proud to live in the same State that they formed in but they gave me a appreciation for a band who could kill you sound wise with massive, in your face aggressive music; along with exploring the depths of  the melodic singing elements in music that they are very well known for.

The album THE END OF HEARTACHE was a gem using that sonic blast of metal to catch your attention right from the get go of every song but it was that title track that solidified the cleverness, passion and commitment this band had to be diverse, brutal and to give the fans all of them in each song. The walk down memory lane for me was due to the face that KILLSWITCH ENGAGE is once again alive and breathing new life into 2009 with the SELF TITLED newest album. With one quick listen through the whole disc you automatically see the depth and layering the band is producing to the music these days. It’s still an assault to the senses but not as in your face and brutal these days. The craft of developing textures, melody and intricate styling is making each song stand out on there own instead of meshing together. Than we have the vocals of Howard Jones who has brought delicateness to his screams and a lower stronger emotional value to his singing voice as you can see on STARTING OVER.

Overall KILLSWITCH ENGAGE went down a new path and came out with a diverse, styled solid defined album. THE RETURN creates a light of somber appeal with a desired and almost elegant melodic singing nature. It presents hope, yearning and beauty from the voice, to the music to the lyrics. The musicianship on TAKE ME AWAY is breathtaking, seductive, inspiring and  a respected way to show a metal band opening gates of elegance. Then we have I WOULD DO ANYTHING my favorite track and a song that brings you back to the fierce, electrifying brutal music. This song shows they still have what they had the years when the learning and growing was raw and new to them. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE has made a record to be reckoned with and will see a heavy payback for the hard work.

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10 Comments to “Killswitch Engage CD Review”

  1. Andre says:

    The new album is okay..not horrible, not amazing just..okay. It lacks the passion and edginess of Alive or Just Breathing and The End of Heartache. The lyrics seem too dark and depressing for a band that had such a powerful positive message of empowerment on their previous releases. Hopefully their next album will be better but who knows.

  2. kyle says:

    their second self titled album is as deep as their end of all heartache album if not better. i was so hooked when i heard the first song “never again” and listened to the whole album in a second. While it may not be as heavy as their old stuff its still Killswitch and i believe howard just totally destroyed our worlds and made it anew with his vocals. If your into metal or even rock for that reason get this album its a must by

  3. alex says:

    their new album is awesome, just killswitch in a nutshell i love it and if ur all about metal and melodic tones this is a must buy album, one of the best bands out their right now by far

  4. Josh says:

    I love their latest album. It’s certainly not as heavy as anything they’ve done in the past but it’s awesome. Howard has more emotion in his screams and cleans than ever. I don’t like how people are complaining because it’s not “heavy” enough. So what, it’s probably a sell-out album, but it’s one of the best they’ve ever made.

    They certainly aren’t leaving there fans behind. To me a band truly shows talent when they show a soft side, because soft guitar and clean vocals are 2 of the hardest things to do in the world and when a band can do then that well, it shows TRUE talent. All of the changes they went through to make this album made it awesome!

  5. Luke says:

    Im a bit undecided yet, this new album sounds a bit B-sidey to me. Its ok, not as energetic and uplifting as the last few albums. Definitely more sombre and more passionate than anthing else they have done. Bt I prefer faster tunes from Killswitch.

    Theres not really a stand out track on the album other than the Reconing.

    If you’ve never heard KSE, this album will impress you, but just make sure you go back and check their older stuff to be blown away!

    Bring on their TASTE OF CHAOS UK TOUR! WOOO hHOOOO

  6. Emile says:

    I gotta say, I’m not impressed with this one. Like Andre said, it lacks passion. I like to pop in “Fixation on the Darkness” when I need invigoration, and I really have to say that the only invigorating song on this new album is “Rose of Sharyn”, and that’s just the live version. I’m also unimpressed with the live version of “My Curse”… I don’t know. Not their best, but certainly not bad…

  7. dan says:

    The new album grows on you. It’s KsE like they’ve always been but more raw and a bit darker. Howard seems to have gone through a really bad relationship just prior to writing the songs on this album because it is mostly about those sorts of issues. The music is pure brilliance perfectly backing Howard Jones’ absolutely STUNNING vocals. Jones gets better with each new release and the singing and screaming on “Killswitch Engage” are just magic. Standout tracks are “Light in a Darkened World”, “Never Again”, “Take Me Away”, “Starting Over”, and “Lost”. “Never Again” is my favorite though by far and I think most of the old KsE fans will agree. Not there best-that honor goes to “End of Heartache” but very, very good heavy music.

  8. Chetram says:

    This entire, this album, is by far, hmmm,
    the best metal album I’ve heard.. Howard really did a good job! … “This is goodbye” is a masterpiece
    one of the saddest and darkest song I’ve heard
    There is nothing left, it’s over please lay me to rest, each day is a nightmare! ooo and this album is better than the past albums, cleaner vocals and love the lyrics.. Killswitch Engage! Never enough!

  9. there the best ever in the world of the living an the dead thats why i love them im with the unliving

  10. nick says:

    If you dont like this album then listen to it louder

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