By Killswitch Engage
Currently treading the boards Stateside in support of this, their fourth full-length album, Killswitch Engage are slowly but surely taking over the world. Their intricate yet pounding din may not be wholly original, but a better metal album you will not hear this year. Furious opener "Daylight Dies" lets everyone know they're certainly back with a vengeance, this time showcasing a more balanced sense of melody and heaviosity than ever before. The foreboding intro gives way to brutally mixed guitars and vocals, opening line "this place is evil" certainly showing where the bands collective head is at right now. The album itself is a riveting masterclass in high-speed riffing, flawless songwriting, and a profound sense of rhythm that the current glut of metalcore challengers seem incapable of grasping.
Their already un-paralleled arsenal of songs is complemented further with prime offerings such as the bittersweet "For You", a technically proficient bruiser with a chorus to die for, and lead single "My Curse", demonstrating to any would be usurpers exactly what you'd have to achieve to better this band.
Guitarists Joel Stroetzel and Adam Dutkiewicz (who also produced and mixed the album) continue to surpass expectation with every album, their instruments creating a veritable force-field around every song. One classic example of their trademark riffing comes in the shape of the albums final track. "Reject Yourself" is quite simply the greatest metal anthem to be heard this year. The towering melody comes drenched in lighting fast riffs and stunning vocals, all stompingly underpinned by a powerhouse rhythm section courtesy of bassist Mike D and drummer Justin Foley.
The album itself also lays to rest any doubts over the credentials of vocalist Howard Jones. The man is relentless here, more so than on his debut (the Grammy nominated "End Of Heartache").
Showcasing brutality, melody and range in abundance, the band themselves are seemingly incapable of creating anything less than stunning, and one can only hope the chasing pack are taking notes.