Killswitch Engage - Killswitch Engage review
|Release date:||July 2000|
01. Temple From The Within
02. Vide Infra
04. Rusted Embrace
07. Numb Sickened Eyes
08. In The Unblind
09. One Last Sunset
10. Prelude [demo] [remastered edition bonus]
11. Soilborn [demo] [remastered edition bonus]
12. Vide Infra [demo] [remastered edition bonus]
13. In The Unblind [demo] [remastered edition bonus]
Those american melodic metallers came into the scene in 2000 with their self-titled debut, Killswitch Engage. This album dropped in when the nu-metal rage was burgeoning and hitting its peak and fans were drooling over this new kind of evolution. The metalcore genre wasn't center-focused neither while nearby thrash, death, black and gothic metal were making a gigantic impact. So, to drop their debut album, was not an easy task.
Killswitch Engage was already linked with major acts such as Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, and Sentenced, because they toured with them. People had this lucid image of the band, but impressions were still quite under the rug. So, before even knowing this record, I had a ripped CD with me and quite remember when the song "Soilborn" came on; leaving me no choice but to get stunned. It was super catchy, groovy, lots of chunk and the guitar work was phenomenal. It compelled me and I went to check out the entire record right away.
The album opener, "Temple From The Within", immediately sets the mood as it involved heavy guitar work with pretty high pitched vocals and spectacular bass. The momentum carried from the first song to the others was comparatively similar until they half way through when "Rusted Embrace" swung into all-together different layer of playing. It became more neatly packaged, highly formulaic and often often groovy sounding (initially it was purely thumping down of metalcore bashness ). From there to the finish, the record somewhat carried the same energy but ended flat with no groundbreaking moments. It was catchy but more plastic sounding with a good flow of melody, but boring as the songs were somewhat similar with their high intensity.
All in all, Killswitch Engage's output was repetitive. The songs were almost identical thus it forced me to shut down the whole crap the moment it passed over "Soilborn". It wasn't their best to start with it, but it had some really good moments in it. Some songs were heavy while others were more groovy than melodic.
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