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Disarm the Descent

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
Though their (second) self-titled album found Killswitch Engage reintroducing themselves as a more accessible, albeit still plenty frenzied, metalcore band, their sixth album, Disarm the Descent, feels as though they're reintroducing themselves not to the audience, but to one another. Returning to the band after the departure of Howard Jones in 2012, original vocalist Jesse Leach finds himself once again picking up vocals duties after parting ways with the group in 2002. Though Leach was a part of the band during their formative years, over a decade has passed since then, and while the performances by all parties involved here are certainly solid ones, they don't quite ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
Though their (second) self-titled album found Killswitch Engage reintroducing themselves as a more accessible, albeit still plenty frenzied, metalcore band, their sixth album, Disarm the Descent, feels as though they're reintroducing themselves not to the audience, but to one another. Returning to the band after the departure of Howard Jones in 2012, original vocalist Jesse Leach finds himself once again picking up vocals duties after parting ways with the group in 2002. Though Leach was a part of the band during their formative years, over a decade has passed since then, and while the performances by all parties involved here are certainly solid ones, they don't quite capture the raw power of their earlier work. In the time since Leach left the fold, Killswitch Engage have matured into a tighter, more refined band than they were for Alive or Just Breathing, and while Leach has certainly grown as a singer in the intervening years, the album doesn't quite recapture that sense of catharsis the band possessed back then. This isn't to say that the album is bad -- in fact, it's quite solidly constructed, an almost watertight specimen of technical acumen -- but that fans expecting this album to be a full-on time machine back to 2002 might be a bit disappointed. What the album might lack in muscle, however, it makes up for in speed, often feeling like a throwback to the days of thrash's blistering technicality, but where past album rampaged, this one merely races. At the end of the day, defining the exact shade of Disarm the Descent's melodic aggression might be splitting hairs, the most important thing for Killswitch fans is that while the band might be adjusting after a shake-up like losing a singer, they've still managed to create another riff-fest that, while not a throwback to their older sound, has them continuing down their current path without much trouble.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2013
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861765026
  • Catalog Number: 176502
  • Sales rank: 18,813

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hell In Me (2:57)
  2. 2 Beyond the Flames (2:53)
  3. 3 The New Awakening (3:30)
  4. 4 In Due Time (3:17)
  5. 5 A Tribute To the Fallen (4:02)
  6. 6 The Turning Point (3:11)
  7. 7 All We Have (3:20)
  8. 8 You Don't Bleed For Me (3:21)
  9. 9 The Call (2:50)
  10. 10 No End In Sight (3:29)
  11. 11 Always (4:32)
  12. 12 Time Will Not Remain (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Killswitch Engage Primary Artist
Adam Dutkiewicz Guitar, Vocals
Mike D'Antonio Bass
Joel Stroetzel Guitar
Jesse Leach Vocals
Justin Foley Drums
Technical Credits
Andy Sneap Mastering
Jim Fogarty Engineer
Killswitch Engage Composer
Adam Dutkiewicz Composer, Producer, Engineer
Mike D'Antonio Composer
Joel Stroetzel Composer
Jesse Leach Composer
Justin Foley Composer
Travis Shinn Band Photo
Alysha "Girouard" McCooe Inspiration
Darkico N. Art Direction, Layout
Brenna Daugherty Cover Model
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