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Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage [2009] [Special Edition]

Format: CD   Release Date: 06/30/2009
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    Track Title

    Time

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

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.] ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

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