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Killswitch Engage - As Daylight Dies

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Killswitch Engage - As Daylight Dies
Roadrunner Records

The Bottom Line

Killswitch Engage delivers their most diverse album to date.
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Pros

  • Great mix of brutality and melody.
  • Howard Jones' vocals are outstanding.

Cons

  • None.

Description

  • Released in North America November 21, 2006 on Roadrunner Records.
  • Produced by the band's guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz.
  • This is Killswitch Engage's fourth full-length CD.

Guide Review - Killswitch Engage - As Daylight Dies

I've always been aware of Killswitch Engage and thought they were pretty good, but it wasn't until I saw them live that I understood why they are so successful. It was Ozzfest 2005 and the second stage had some decent bands, but nothing special. But then Killswitch Engage took to the stage and simply destroyed. They had the crowd in the palm of their hand with a combination of charisma and crushing songs.

With As Daylight Dies the band is ready to take things to the next level. They continue to bludgeon the listener with monstrous and aggressive riffs, but also incorporate even more melody than they have in the past. They've managed to write songs that are catchy as hell, but still brutal enough that metal fans will be able to mosh to their heart's content.

Killswitch Engage is able to play songs at breakneck speed, but also dial back the tempo and show their melodic side. The whole band has progressed on this CD, but no one as much as vocalist Howard Jones. His hardcore screams, shrieks and yells have always been excellent, but he has taken his melodic singing to a new level.

With the improved vocals and songwriting, the added diversity and the combination of catchy songs that are also really aggressive, As Daylight Dies is Killswitch Engage's best album so far.

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