Saturday, March 30, 2013

Killswitch Engage - Disarm the Descent (2013)
One of the foremost names in metalcore have returned with old singer Jesse Leach in tow with what may be their most solid offering yet since 2004's "The End of Heartache." Whereas the last two albums disappointed me with excessive amounts of poppiness, the band have made somewhat of a return to the aggression of the first two albums with heavy, complex riffs. Of course, the songs are still plenty catchy and fans of the Howard Jones period should have few qualms with this album. If there's anything that does drag down "Disarm the Descent" it's the sameness that permeates throughout making it hard to identify which songs are standouts ("In Due Time" might be an exception to that.) That said, it's still one of the best metalcore albums I've heard in a while and is a more than worthy addition to the band's discography.

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