Killswitch Engage [2009] [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Westfield, MA-based metalcore kings Killswitch Engage's fifth full-length album and second eponymous release was co-produced by Brendan O'Brien Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Mastodon, resulting in the group's most commercially viable collection of progressive/thrash/emo-metal to date. Where 2006's As Daylight Dies hinted at an accelerated focus on the more melodic aspects of extreme metal, Killswitch Engage cements the notion. After a typically brutal opener that epitomizes the band's penchant for scorching thrash-heavy verses and sweeping, melodious choruses, the quintet spits out the radio-ready "Starting Over." Flanked by dual guitar leads that echo ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Westfield, MA-based metalcore kings Killswitch Engage's fifth full-length album and second eponymous release was co-produced by Brendan O'Brien Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Mastodon, resulting in the group's most commercially viable collection of progressive/thrash/emo-metal to date. Where 2006's As Daylight Dies hinted at an accelerated focus on the more melodic aspects of extreme metal, Killswitch Engage cements the notion. After a typically brutal opener that epitomizes the band's penchant for scorching thrash-heavy verses and sweeping, melodious choruses, the quintet spits out the radio-ready "Starting Over." Flanked by dual guitar leads that echo classic Iron Maiden and shot through with a truly great vocal take from lead singer Howard Jones who sounds remarkably like a classically trained Trent Reznor throughout the album, it's one of the album's finest, though ultimately divisive moments. It sets a significantly different template for the remainder of the record, trading tight machine-gun riffs "Save Me," "A Light in a Darkened World" for angst-fueled midtempo dirges "Lost," "This Is Goodbye" that might disappoint fans who feel that the punk-infused slow-burn post-hardcore albums like Alive or Just Breathing and End of Heartache are the barometers for which all future endeavors must be compared. [The Special Edition includes four bonus tracks -- three of which were recorded live -- as well as a bonus DVD featuring behind-the-scenes footage, bandmember interviews, and more.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861788957
  • Catalog Number: 178895
  • Sales rank: 83,803

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Never Again (3:09)
  2. 2 Starting Over (3:51)
  3. 3 The Forgotten (3:17)
  4. 4 Reckoning (2:40)
  5. 5 The Return (4:28)
  6. 6 A Light in a Darkened World (2:50)
  7. 7 Take Me Away (2:45)
  8. 8 I Would Do Anything (3:22)
  9. 9 Save Me (3:46)
  10. 10 Lost (3:45)
  11. 11 This Is Goodbye (4:17)
  12. 12 In a Dead World (4:14)
  13. 13 Rose of Sharyn (3:48)
  14. 14 My Curse (4:26)
  15. 15 Holy Diver (5:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Killswitch Engage Primary Artist
Adam Dutkiewicz Guitar
Mike D'Antonio Bass
Joel Stroetzel Guitar
Justin Foley Drums
Josh Mihlek Guitar
Howard Jones Vocals
Technical Credits
Nick DiDia Drum Recordings, Vocal Recording
Ted Jensen Mastering
Brendan O'Brien Producer
Billy Bowers Engineer
Tom Cavanaugh Guitar Techician
Adam Dutkiewicz Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar Engineer, Bass Engineer
Mike D'Antonio Composer
Justin Foley Composer
Jack Baribault Direction, Camera Operator
Jordan "Zombie Pychosis" Coppersmith Engineer, Production Design
Shawn Mattaro Direction, Camera Operator
Sean McCall Drum Technician
Josh Mihlek Bass Technician
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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    one of the best metal albums in a decade

    one totally awesome metal album by the one of the most amazing metalcore bands on earth killswitch engage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Better all the time

    This is my second Killswitch CD and the best I've heard yet. They have gotten a lot tighter. The whole album flows better than past efforts. If you like energetic, pounding metal this won't disapoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    awesome cd by one awesome band

    this cd rocks this is the true KSE im proud both howard and justin are now both in KSE this album proves that KSE are the true founders of metalcore music KSE rocks they are awesome and stay true to their fans this album blow AOJB outta the water and thats true and a given fact

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    Posted August 3, 2009

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