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  • Summary: The eighth full-length release for the Massachusetts metalcore band features guest appearances from former vocalist Howard Jones and Testament's Chuck Billy.
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  1. 91
    Atonement is an emotionally compelling record that explores concepts of finding strength in one’s being. Between the raw intensity of the instrumentation and vocals, as well as the inspirational elements throughout each song, Killswitch Engage offer a very solid addition to their discography.
  2. Aug 16, 2019
    80
    Atonement is a monster record in an almost untouchable career.
  3. Aug 16, 2019
    80
    Hints are abundant that they are on the cusp of stylistic and sonic evolutions balancing bold and experimental elements, but their commitment to the material, as well as their energy and focus, aren't forced but are occurring naturally. This is easily the band's strongest outing since Leach's return.
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Aug 20, 2019
    70
    Nobody will pretend Atonement is a classic. But it is firmly fired up. [Sep 2019, p.82]
  5. Aug 16, 2019
    60
    Coming in cold, it’s another Killswitch Engage album – metal that punches and screams with an effectiveness and accuracy of attack that is ingrained from experts in their field doing their thing for a long time. But in knowing the journey of its creation, it gains a character and a level of emotion that would otherwise be absent.
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  1. Aug 19, 2019
    9
    This is a HUGE album for Killswitch Engage. I have been listening to this band well through out my life and I have go to say, this is a top 3This is a HUGE album for Killswitch Engage. I have been listening to this band well through out my life and I have go to say, this is a top 3 album for me. This is definitely their best album in the riff category. It sounds more like a melodic death metal album than a metalcore album (with the riffs). Vocally, Jesse Leach sounds the best he has ever sounded. Their second track into the album features former vocalist Howard Jones and the blend of Howard and Jesse together was a special treat to life long fans of this band (like I am). I think this is one of the best albums in 2019 by far and could be the metal album of the year for me. This is a very solid album that has everything you are looking for in a album. Expand