Killswitch Engage - Alive Or Just Breathing


8.3 | 274 votes |
Release date: 27 May 2002
Style: Melodic metalcore

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14 want it
1 trades it


Disc I
01. Numbered Days
02. Self Revolution
03. Fixation On The Darkness
04. My Last Serenade
05. Life To Lifeless
06. Just Barely Breathing
07. To The Sons Of Man
08. Temple From The Within [re-recorded version]
09. The Element Of One
10. Vide Infra [re-recorded version]
11. Without A Name
12. Rise Inside
13. In The Unblind [Japanese bonus]

Disc II [25th anniversary deluxe edition] [re-release bonus]
01. In The Unblind
02. When The Balance Is Broken
03. Untitled And Unloved
04. Numbered Days [demo]
05. Transfiguration (AKA Fixation On The Darkness) [demo]
06. Just Barely Breathing [demo]
07. Fixation On The Darkness [Howard version]
08. AOJB Studio Outtakes
09. My Last Serenade [video]
10. Fixation On The Darkness [video]
11. Life To Lifeless [Live video]

Staff review by
Deadsoulman
Rating:
9.0
Killswitch Engage belongs to this wave of young bands that don't play in one definite style. You can call them nu-death, but it would not be fair enough. Maybe melodic nu-thrash would be closer to reality. This American band takes its inspiration everywhere, and succeeds in extracting the best essence of all metal styles. Mix grated hardcore vocals, headbanging nu-metal riffs (I can't help becoming crazy on "Numbered Days"), thrash tracks' structure and melodic death fury, shake it all and you get Killswitch Engage.

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published 19.09.2003 | Comments (11)

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26.08.2013 - 16:55
Mr.CalmStorm
When I listened to the song Just Barely Breathing, I was stunned. It's Awesome!! I just love album... this is one of the best albums I have and just can't stop listening to it.
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26.08.2013 - 22:32
Rating: 8
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Indeed, Alive stunned me too.

I wasn't expecting a great comeback from these guys. They really stunned me.
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29.12.2013 - 08:52
Lit.
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Just Barely Breathing has one of the coolest riffs in the metalcore genre, and I love the chorus in My Last Serenade.

An undisputed classic album in metalcore.
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29.12.2013 - 10:13
Uldreth
Written by Guest on 29.12.2013 at 08:52

Just Barely Breathing has one of the coolest riffs in the metalcore genre, and I love the chorus in My Last Serenade.

An undisputed classic album in metalcore.

Don't forget Self Revolution...

"Slow down this fast paced world and you will see the REEEEEVOOOOOOOOLUUUUUUUUUUUTIOOOOOOOOOOON
For a new movement"

That was the moment when I became a Jesse fan .
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31.12.2013 - 20:15
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Uldreth on 29.12.2013 at 10:13

Don't forget Self Revolution...

"Slow down this fast paced world and you will see the REEEEEVOOOOOOOOLUUUUUUUUUUUTIOOOOOOOOOOON
For a new movement"

That was the moment when I became a Jesse fan .

Indeed. I was actually a huge fan before the very first song ended though.
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27.05.2014 - 13:02
!J.O.O.E.!
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Hmm, doesn't MS have a policy on homophobic remarks?
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27.05.2014 - 22:29
Lit.
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...And just being flat-out wrong?
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28.05.2014 - 03:16
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Guest on 27.05.2014 at 13:02
Hmm, doesn't MS have a policy on homophobic remarks?

Dealt with.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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28.05.2014 - 03:37
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.05.2014 at 03:16

Dealt with.


dealt with with true class I might add.
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21.02.2017 - 02:55
Rating: 9
IronClawedAngel
Well this hits the spot for me! By miles and miles the best metalcore album ever made. Very aggressive at points and the cheese on this one is quite delicious.
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21.06.2017 - 16:58
VIG
Crimson King
Written by IronClawedAngel on 21.02.2017 at 02:55

By miles and miles the best metalcore album ever made.


There are wayyyy better metalcore albums out there. While this was a good listen, and a lot more enjoyable than I expected, it is kind of repetitive and boring sometimes. For possible "best metalcore albums ever" here would be my picks:

Converge - Jane Doe
Burst - Origo
SikTh - The Trees Are Dead And Dried Out, Wait For Something Wild
Zao - Liberate Te Ex Inferis
Between The Buried And Me - Colors
The Secret - Luce

Don't worry though, I liked this album.
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09.07.2017 - 16:41
Rating: 9
IronClawedAngel
Written by VIG on 21.06.2017 at 16:58

Written by IronClawedAngel on 21.02.2017 at 02:55

By miles and miles the best metalcore album ever made.


There are wayyyy better metalcore albums out there. While this was a good listen, and a lot more enjoyable than I expected, it is kind of repetitive and boring sometimes. For possible "best metalcore albums ever" here would be my picks:

Converge - Jane Doe
Burst - Origo
SikTh - The Trees Are Dead And Dried Out, Wait For Something Wild
Zao - Liberate Te Ex Inferis
Between The Buried And Me - Colors
The Secret - Luce

Don't worry though, I liked this album.


I am familiar with Jane Doe, Origo and Colours. Gave the other albums a short listen, but I guess that metalcore is just not my genre. I think most metalcore albums tend to be repetitive - unless it's progressive. However, progressive music in general is not my thing either. The reason why I think highly of AOJB is because it has some thrash influences and Jesse Leach is one of very few vocalists who makes metalcore interesting. And, IMO it is not as cheesy as most straight forward metalcore tends to be (some will probably have different opinion ). It's catchy in a good way. I don't think I will ever find a metalcore album better than this one, but neither am I actively searching for it.
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