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This review is from: Alive or Just Breathing (Audio CD)
Dear me. I got their self titled debut before this and really loved it, but nothing could have prepared me for this. Quite possibly one of the best metal/metalcore releases ever. seriously, believe the hype this album is not over rated!
A synthesis of the melody and technicality of euro-metal with the crunch of classic american thrash and a smattering of harcore and death. This album has a real sense of groove too. Killswitch prooved on this album that you can combine real brutality and melody without softening the music, just as Fear Factory did for the previous generation. And when you remember that A) this came out when nu-metal was at its peak and B) this album still stands head and shoulders above most of their peers you can't help but call this album a classic.
while everyone goes on about the popular singles such as 'my last serenade' or fixation on the darkness' this cd has some real gems in the often over-looked greats like brutal opener 'numbered days' or the incrediable 'self revolution' or the At the Gates style 'to the sons of man' . And old favourties 'temple from within' and 'vida infra' (which needs to be heard) make welcome returns. Jesse's screams and roars are as inhumanly abrasive as ever, while his sung vocals have improved alot since the first album. And his lyrics, as always are very spiritual, uplifting and insightful. Easily a contender for best metal vocalist
its only now five years on that we can really appreciate the tremendous influence this album had. the downside is that i often feel a bit sad listening to it as it all seemed to go downhill for the band after this.
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Initial post: 19 Nov 2008 19:12:21 GMT
Chris Read says:
Totally agree... this is their best album ... and I miss Jesse
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