Killswitch Engage [2009]

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Where 2006's "As Daylight Dies" hinted at an accelerated focus on the more melodic aspects of extreme metal, Killswitch Engage cements the notion.
  2. 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.
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    The addition of Southern-fried sludge makes this album almost the complete New Wave Of American Heavy Metal package. [Aug 2009, p.101]
  4. Their future as a metal act with their fingers on the button seems assured.
  5. Alternative Press
    80
    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]
  6. Aside from a few unique moments ("The Return," "Take Me Away"), there's not much new to report here.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. 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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  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. May 17, 2013
    10
    Usually I am the guy who is really strict on writing reviews, about games, movies, music, ext...

    This album was an inspiration on me,
    Usually I am the guy who is really strict on writing reviews, about games, movies, music, ext...

    This album was an inspiration on me, mainly because when I wasn't feeling depressed, this album helped e out, and cheered me up.

    Even though I was never really a fan of Jesse, this album makes me remember the times that I've been through.
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