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Killswitch Engage – S/T

Just like their 2000 debut, the new Killswitch Engage album is a self-titled one. On it they do everything you’ve come to expect from this metalcore powerhouse, even if they sound more melodic than ever on these eleven songs. Vocalist Howard Jones swears however that this is the darkest album they’ve recorded so far. Lyrically this may be true but you wouldn’t know it listening to the soaring choruses.

Producer Brendan O’Brien provides the band with a crystal clear sound and might have something to do with the fact that all of the songs are rather compact with only “The Return” and “This Is Goodbye” reaching the four-minute mark.

Other than that these guys are sticking to their guns and pummel the listener with razorsharp dual guitar riffage, powerful drumming and of course, Howard Jones’ booming voice that commands your attention. Another solid album that fits right in with the rest of their already impressive body of work.
Score: 7.5 out of 10

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