Killswitch Engage [2009]

User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39

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  1. Mar 22, 2013
    6
    The worst album this great band has ever released? The answer is in the question. There's no doubt how disappointing this album really is especially when comparing it to Utter Greatness like 'The End of Heartache' & 'Alive Or Just Breathing'. The album is not just a failure of Killswitch's standards but commercially too. Ok maybe there's a few good songs in there that are worth singing toThe worst album this great band has ever released? The answer is in the question. There's no doubt how disappointing this album really is especially when comparing it to Utter Greatness like 'The End of Heartache' & 'Alive Or Just Breathing'. The album is not just a failure of Killswitch's standards but commercially too. Ok maybe there's a few good songs in there that are worth singing to but what most people question about this controversial album is the crunching riffs from Adam D & Joel S. Yes there are some great choruses in this album but the verses? Fairly Poor in all honesty & for the lyrics by the great Howard Jones? Another Flaw. KsE are my favourite band but this is certainly an album to forget for all avid Killswitch fans. Oh well 4 years on, Jesse is back & there new album 'Disarm The Descent' is out in just weeks & already (unlike Self-Titled) sounds like it's going to be a classic. Expand
  2. Ti-Rick
    Aug 31, 2009
    5
    They're getting worst ! The first time I listen to them was when Jesse was singing ( album : Alive Or Just Breathing ). That was perfect ! Then Jesse quit and Howard took the singing part. ( album : The End of Heartache ) that was different but still pretty good. Then came the other album ( As Daylight Dies ) a bit less fun to listen. But with the newest album ( Killswitch Engage ) They're getting worst ! The first time I listen to them was when Jesse was singing ( album : Alive Or Just Breathing ). That was perfect ! Then Jesse quit and Howard took the singing part. ( album : The End of Heartache ) that was different but still pretty good. Then came the other album ( As Daylight Dies ) a bit less fun to listen. But with the newest album ( Killswitch Engage ) well, I'm not a huge fan anymore but still listen to them. Can wait to see the next album where are they gonne take me ? NOTE : the sound so good in show. A must see. Expand
  3. 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") and some killer metal tracks that may keep fans satisfied.
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. 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]
  3. Aside from a few unique moments ("The Return," "Take Me Away"), there's not much new to report here.