Review #183: Killswitch Engage – Incarnate

Artist – Killswitch  Engage
Album – Incarnate (2016)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/1zcMqDzxecHx6JQvi7oFmH

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Killswitch Engage are a metalcore band from Massachusetts, USA. The band formed in 1999 out of the remnants of previous bands Aftershock and Overcast. As of ‘Incarnate’ the band consists of Jesse Leach – vocals, Adam Dutkiewicz – guitar, Joel Stroetzel – guitar, Mike D’Antonio – bass and Justin Foley – drums. Killswitch have become known within the metal scene as passionate/energetic performers in the studio and on the stage, playing at every rock/metal festival going, from Download to Soundwave, Ozzfest to Rock AM Ring. Outside of Killswitch each member is also very busy with other projects, from Leach’s numerous other metalcore bands to Dutkiewicz’s production work on albums by Parkway Drive, The Acacia Strain and The Devil Wears Prada (amongst others). Here is Killswitch Engage’s 7th album ‘Incarnate’.

‘Incarnate’ is Killswitch’s second venture back with original vocalist Jesse Leach, and whereas their previous album wasn’t bad in anyway, this release feels far more connected and comfortable. Jesse’s vocals soar along the aggressive large scale sound which Killswitch create, by combining floor filling guitar melodies with a mosh inducing rhythm section. One of the highlights of this album comes from the range of dynamically driven guitar solos by Adam Dutkiewicz, aiming to build tension which rises to an epic conclusion (‘Hate By Design’), rather than blasting into some blistering arpeggio filled fret-wanking session. In ‘Until The Day’ and ‘Strength of the Mind’ Killswitch deliver fast tempo, bulldozing tracks, which call back to the beginnings of the band and still displays their dominance over the mediocre/diluted metalcore bands which have followed their tracks. The rhythmic combo of D’Antonio and Foley do an excellent job of creating a super tight base for the rest of the band to follow, but still playing loosely enough to create groove, as well as pushing to the forefront of the track at time, check the intro to ‘Embrace The Journey’. This whole album is a fantastic piece of work, but if I were to recommend just a couple tracks they would be ‘Until The Day’ and ‘Strength of the Mind’.

Killswitch have returned with another fantastic and genuine metalcore album, showing the youth how it is done.

8/10

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