Initially I wasn't sure whether to buy this album or not. I love Killswitch, as do the thousands of record buying metalheads who pushed their latest offering 'The End of Heartache' into the top 40 last year. But how much can a 6 year old album hold? A ridiculous amount of killer hooks, and pummelling drumbeats is the answer. Although the immaturity of the band's song writing does shine through at times, this only serves to increase the appeal of the album. As well as imposing itself as an impressive album, it also acts as an indication of the amazing development of one of the biggest bands in metal today. With this album you can now see how far this band has come, and have a better indication of how much of a stratospherically ingenious song writing unit they can be in the future. There are numerous tracks to pump your fist to, although you'd do better to indulge in that activity in the privacy of your own home, rather than when you're travelling on the number 86 bus. Even if you've never heard any Killswitch Engage, this is still a good album to begin with. What better starting point than where the band started themselves?
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