Beez: The Biggest Album Killswitch Engage Will Ever Make
Beez gets all excited and suggests that this is the biggest album that Killswitch Engage will ever make.
This is, without the slightest shadow of a doubt, a very, VERY important album for Killswitch Engage. The End Of Heartache (along with A7X’s Waking The Fallen) is in this anything but humble opinion, the best metalcore album ever made. Huge riffs, great productions and ferocity and melody in equal measures. It is, by all intents and purposes, a complete fucking rocker.
As Daylight Dies was a solid effort too. It stuck rigidly to the same formula used on TEOH, it had some corking moments and it was solid 7/10 stuff. Not a bad album but not as great as one would have hoped. The ‘My Curse’ single and, perhaps most significantly, their cover of Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’ finally gave them the break that they’ve deserved in the States too.
By all accounts, if Killswitch are going to establish themselves as one of metal’s premier bands (in that elite league with Avenged, Bullet, Trivium, Machine Head et al), then they are not going to get a better chance than right here, right now. I don’t think it’s hype when I say that this is potentially the biggest album that Killswitch will ever make. Get it right while the eyes and ears of the world are watching and the rewards will speak for themselves. Get it wrong and it’ll be a bitch to recover from.
That’s exciting enough but today’s news about the album has been very encouraging. When Howard Jones says “we had to get out of our comfort zone” that is a damn good thing. It doesn’t mean that Killswitch are going to go Nigerian flute-core; it means that they acknowledge that they can’t stick to the template that they’ve followed on their previous two records because it’ll be greeted with a “same old, same old” response. Indeed, in my personal opinion, if there are 2 bands that are capable of making a “black album” (combining riffs and melody in a way that even the casual hard rock fan can fall in love with), those 2 bands are Avenged Sevenfold and Killswitch Engage. Maybe now is the time for Killswitch to try their hand at that?
Basically, this is one of this year’s most significant metal releases and it would be wrong to not pass comment on it. Killswitch have managed brilliance once already in their career and if they were to do it again with their forthcoming self-titled effort, this could be the moment Killswitch come of age and take on all comers.
Fingers crossed that it’s everything it could be.
‘Til next time,
p.s. If you have tickets to see AC/DC at any of their UK dates this year, they will rip your head off. We’re still getting over how good they were at the o2 Arena last night!