Metal legends Killswitch Engage are set to release their new album Disarm The Descent April 2nd via Roadrunner Records – this being the band’s first album to feature original vocalist: Jesse Leach in over 10 years. A familiar high-pitched scream starts the album with a bang in its first track “The Hell In Me” a song that features one of Killswitch’s signature power choruses with a perfect guitar-synced percussion assault. “Beyond The Flames” [a personal favorite] comes in next with an absolutely tantalizing melodic rhythm taking center stage; the band really flirts with Melodeath in this track. Killswitch speeds it up in the album’s 3rd track “The New Awakening” mixing a thrashing riff with an intricate lead. Leach hits a vocal apex in this song with an impressive showcase of his range and some of the album’s sickest screams.
“In Due Time” Begins with a Thrash performance that is sure to send listeners strait to the pits before the track moves on to a surprisingly more melodic tone. “A Tribute To The Fallen” rides a similar musical wave as “In Due Time” before the album’s 6th track “Turning Point” breaks it down in a more brutal performance and explodes with an infectiously catchy anthem-chorus. Moshing in next is “All That We Have” a track that, as it begins, will have the listener literally visualizing a mental circle pit. “You Don’t Bleed For Me” has a more raw & stripped down sound with solid use of distortion and a fast tempo. “The Call” hits hard as a short & sweet mosher before the band slows it down with a Groove Metal sound for the album’s 10th track “No End In Sight.” “Always” serves as a slower “cool down” interlude into the album’s closing track “Time Will Not Remain” [sure to be a fan favorite] an explosive end to this release and a great mix of everything that rocks about Killswitch Engage.
In regards to the vocalist change, there’s really not much to say – Leach is at home in this record [it’s almost as if he never left], and Disarm The Descent is another absolutely solid release from the band. Fans, be sure to preorder your copy of the album on iTunes today – you can stream the new single “In Due Time” below.
Review by Matt Crane – HHM