Tracks like “Light In A Darkened World” are more in the vein of recent Killswitch, with pummeling drums and screaming vocals easing up into memorable riffs and melodic singing. The twin guitars of Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel are excellent throughout, whether it’s dishing out thrashy riffs, harmonies or fills. “Save Me” especially showcases their chops and versatility.
When comes to the influence of O’Brien on the sound of the CD, it’s pretty subtle. It’s not a dramatic shift, just a little more polish in places. Killswitch Engage is the band’s most melodic album to date, but it’s nicely balanced with heaviness and intensity. There’s also a special edition of the CD, which includes an extra studio track, plus three live songs including their version of Dio’s “Holy Diver” and a DVD with a documentary and band interviews.
(released June 30, 2009 on Roadrunner Records)