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On disc: Killswitch Engage



The End Of Heartache - Jrg Petersen - 9 stars
Killswitch Engage - Carsten - 9 stars


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Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage
(Roadrunner Records - 2009)


Killswitch Engage were part of the metalcore genre, but with every album they get more metal. And their latest album proofs this tendency! More metal and more melodies, sure there are metalcore elements, but they are no longer that prominent. Compared to the bulky tracks on their last album they have some catchy tunes on the new one. Don't expect a completely new sound! The songs are more mature, more emotional, more bombastic and monolithic. This is proofed by the melodic guitar play, the emotional vocals and the fantastic production of guitarist Dutkiewicz in cooperation with Brendan O'Brien (AC/DC, Pearl Jam). Never before Killswitch Engage created so many goose bumps then on this album! They reached their creative height with an album which is the most commercial so far. No other band in melodic metalcore will get close to Killswitch Engage these days!


9 stars

Carsten
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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The End Of Heartache

The End Of Heartache
(Roadrunner Records - 2004)


The Americans got first attention outside the USA with Alive Or Just Breathing?. Now 2 years later they are back with The End Of Heartache, but can they keep the level? They present their metalcore on a very high level. Well, guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz is the main songwriter and producer. He studied at the famous Berkeley School Of Music, but never forgets power and heaviness. The first single is Rose Of Sharyn. A good choice to give an idea about the new album. There are reminiscences to Pantera in all their songs. Especially the guitar riffing is influenced by Dimebag Darrell, best example therefore is Take This Oath. Other tracks are combining power / thrash metal with death metal and hardcore elements. Singer Howard Jones is not just shouting and screaming, he also sings clear vocal lines which makes the songs more interesting. At all I can say that this one offers a large variety of sounds from neckbreakers like Breath Life to the 2 acoustic instrumental tracks! But mainly power, emotions and heavy riffing is what you get.
For fans of Panerta, Slayer, Shadows Fall, In Flames, Machine Head and Soilwork. Check out: Rose Of Sharyn, A Bid Farewell, The End Of Heartache and Take This Oath.


9 stars

Jörg Petersen
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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