Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Killswitch Engage - Disarm The Descent - Album Review

Year: 2013

Back in the early 2000's, a new trend had emerged in the form of Metalcore. All the new and popular bands were playing it. This was just like Thrash Metal in the late 1980s and Nu Metal in the late 1990s. But as quick as this trend started spreading, bands started running out of fresh ideas and were constantly seen releasing very mediocre records. The lack of quality material, led many to believe that the death of Metalcore was upon them. Killswitch Engage are back with a new album that seems to say, "No! Metalcore still lives!".

Killswitch Engage are an American Metalcore band, who have released 5 albums so far. Their 6th album,  'Disarm The Descent' is ready to hit the stores on 2nd April, 2013. This album marks the return to form by Killswitch Engage, especially after their very mediocre self titled release back in 2009. This album also features the return of Jesse Leach on vocal duties, replacing Howard Jones. 

The music on this album is more reminiscent of their 'Alive Or Just Breathing' record. The passion and intensity that they had lost, is rediscovered on this record. The album rides on high energy and enthusiasm. The songs have more soul and they sound more heartfelt than before.

Jesse Leach does an excellent job. His vocals are perfect to a T. He pulls off both harsh and clean vocals with elan.  The depth in his voice adds more soul to the overall sound.

The lead guitar is handled by the multi-talented Adam Dutkiewicz, who has also done the production work on this album. The production is absolutely beautiful and the instruments blend flawlessly with the vocals. The guitar riffing is solid and there are a number of technical fills adding variety. 

The songs are written in such a way that there is ample melody in the songs. The writing on this album, instills a sense of nostalgia and one is taken back to the 2000s when metalcore bands put out good records.

Though there are no new ideas on this record, the songs sound fresh and energized. This is an album that the Metalcore genre desperately needed. It is a reminder to skeptics as to how good this genre can sound. While most metalcore bands release mediocre albums, Killswitch Engage joins the ranks of bands like Shadows Fall and Trivium, in releasing quality records that still serve as a ray of hope for a dying genre.
Rating: 87%

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