Killswitch Engage [2009] - Killswitch Engage
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  • Summary: The latest album for the Massachusetts rock band was produced with Brendan O'Brien.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Their future as a metal act with their fingers on the button seems assured.
  2. This album isn't going to change the way you think about metal, but Killswitch Engange aren't Mastodon; they just want to get the pit going, and this album will surely acomplish that. [Aug 2009, p.108]
  3. The addition of Southern-fried sludge makes this album almost the complete New Wave Of American Heavy Metal package. [Aug 2009, p.101]
  4. Where 2006's "As Daylight Dies" hinted at an accelerated focus on the more melodic aspects of extreme metal, Killswitch Engage cements the notion.
  5. What’s especially frustrating for Killswitch fans is the fact that they know those tracks, which sound so weak on record, will absolutely kill in a live setting.
  6. Aside from a few unique moments ("The Return," "Take Me Away"), there's not much new to report here.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Nov 12, 2013
    10
    Spectacular lyrics, amazing riffs, and lots of things separates this band from the other cookie-cutter metalcore bands. Killswitch has alwaysSpectacular lyrics, amazing riffs, and lots of things separates this band from the other cookie-cutter metalcore bands. Killswitch has always inspired me to do greater things. Expand
  2. BrandonB
    Sep 10, 2009
    9
    Killswitch is my favorite band. I bought this cd twice just to meet them. Their new album is pretty sick. As a musician, I know all about the Killswitch is my favorite band. I bought this cd twice just to meet them. Their new album is pretty sick. As a musician, I know all about the hard work that goes into creating music. Adam and Joels guitar skills are top notch with this album. They really brought the pain, with creative riffs and amazing harmonies whats not to like? Howards voice is incredible, the guy and really belt it. He could sing anything and I would enjoy it. The bass lines are also great, thanks for delivering those Mike D. I always enjoy his grooving lines and the sick way he plays them on stage. Oh and I can't forget Justin even using a kit as simple as his, he never ceases to create a great beat. All in all an excellent album, if you enjoy metal and killswitch pick it up. Expand
  3. Jan 21, 2014
    9
    Track Rating Contribution
    Never Again 3 243
    Starting Over 5 3125 The Forgotten 4 1024 Reckoning 3 243 The Return 5 3125 A Light In A
    Track Rating Contribution
    Never Again 3 243
    Starting Over 5 3125
    The Forgotten 4 1024
    Reckoning 3 243
    The Return 5 3125
    A Light In A Darkened World 3 243
    Save Me 3 243
    Lost 4 1024

    TOTAL SCORE=9270
    10 THRESHOLD=10000
    FINAL=9.27
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  4. Dec 8, 2011
    8
    A great album, but not fantastic like their last 2. It really just reassures us that Killswitch Engage can still write well (some of the songsA great album, but not fantastic like their last 2. It really just reassures us that Killswitch Engage can still write well (some of the songs I'd consider among their best). It's not as heavy as their last two albums (people may disagree with me there). You should listen to it more than twice though, as I was really disappointed upon first hearing. It can surprise, just not throughout. Here's hoping their new album due next year will keep it up. Expand
  5. PatrickD
    Aug 24, 2009
    7
    Good, but not at all comparable to End of Heartache of As Daylight Dies.
  6. Jun 4, 2011
    5
    Killswitch Engage doesn't exceed As Daylight Dies in any way possible, but there are a few surprises (such as "The Return" and "Take Me Away")Killswitch Engage doesn't exceed As Daylight Dies in any way possible, but there are a few surprises (such as "The Return" and "Take Me Away") and some killer metal tracks that may keep fans satisfied. Expand
  7. BobbyL
    Aug 4, 2009
    0
    Same old, nothing new, boring.

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