Killswitch Engage
Killswitch Engage



by rustysurf84 USER (7 Reviews)
March 17th, 2006 | 42 replies

Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

In 2001, Killswitch Enage is..

Vocals: Jesse David Leach
Guitar: Joel Stroetzl
Bass: Mike D'Antonio
Drums and Percussion: Adam Dutkiewicz

As you know, this lineup has changed dramatically since the original recording of this album (Adam is now lead guitar, Jesse David Leach was replaced by Howard Jones soon after AOJB, and Justin Foley is the new drummer.

General Impressions
First, this is Killswitch Engage in there rawest form, so its not as well produced as future albums. However, this is a good thing IMO, because it truly shows what they originally sounded like. One major diffrence is the fact that Joel is the only guitarist, which takes away some of the signature squeels that are now signature KsE. However, Joel does truly amazing job on some tracks where you could sware 2 guitars are playing.
The vocals, of all the instruments are the rawest. Jesse's scream is the most ranged on this album IMO, going from melodic, to squeels, to growls, this is his best vocal performance.
Although you cannot hear Mike D as much on this album due to production, he still does an amazing job. He really helps out Joel on breakdowns since there is only 1 guitar.
Adam D, well, is Adam D. He's such a talented musician, he can truly go anywhere and excel. As he says on there new DVD "I got sick of hawling my kit around, so I told Mike, "Find a new drummer, im going to guitar." Adam's voice is also a bit changed, it sounds less refined (outro to Temple From The Within), but it still suits the album quite well.

Track Review

1.Temple From The Within: Well, this certainitly gets the album off to a bang. Extremly good riffing from Joel and intersting echoing vocals in the pre-chorus by Jesse. However, the greatest thing about this song is the lyrics. "You teach me, to inscribe these words, upon my heart." One of my favorite musical quotes, ever. Good bass solo by Mike leads into a good breakdown, with a slower tempo, but heavier vocals. Great stuff all the way around. 4.5/5

2.Vide Infra: If you thought Temple From The Within started quickly, Vide Infra is faster. The verse vocals are rougher and deeper and sound great. Good fast guitar playing from Joel and good pre chorus breakdown by Adam. Good mini solo by Joel before chorus. The chorus is almost screamed/chanted by Adam, Joel, and Jesse. Spoken vocals follow with blastbeats from Adam and a quick interlude by Joel. This songs only downfall, though it is minor, is it gets a bit repititive. However, the ending is a bit suprising, it gets quiter, and cleaner. Jesse's vocals seem to harmonize a bit and fade into the distance as the song falls away.
Great track, once again. 4/5

3.Irreversal: A strange chord intro gets this song going. At first, I was greatly turned off by this, but it gets better. Once again, very tough vocals, and then, what is this" CLEAN GUITAR EARLY IN A SONG!" Well, Joel does a great job leading into the chorus, which has extremely fast drumming by Adam and great vocal range desplayed by Jesse. After another strong verse, the song takes another twist, into a completly acoustic section. While short, and extremly pretty, it quickly fades back into Jesse screaming with acoustic guitar, then changes back into distorted chords and a held out scream to end the song. A truly great song, once again. 4.5/5

4.Rusted Embrace: Sadly, this is KsE's first miss on this album. Jesse's vocals sound forced and not quite as good as they were on the first three songs. Joel's guitar is not as creative and all the elements seems to blend together, and nothing stands out. However, Joel does have a good guitar riff in the pre-chorus. The chorus alternates between screams and clean vocals, and slows down into a extremely heavy breakdown, where the tempo almost stops, but then slowly picks up, and gains momentum, and explodes once again into the chorus. Even though this is not KsE's best effort, its still a pretty d@mn good song! 3/5

5.Prelude: While this is an instrumental, it is one of my favorite KsE songs. It has great drum work once again by Adam, a good guitar riff from Joel, and almost whispered vocals from Jesse saying "Deep inside you". A great way to take a pause from the first four songs and relax (if thats possible). This song also is great for pump up music and is probably why I like it so much. The ending also leads well into Soilborn.

6.Soilborn: This is the first song KsE ever wrote, and its a great one. Jesse's vocals sound great, and Joel's guitar riff is more involved in this song. Jesse and Joel combine very well for a mini breakdown at about 0:30. Then, Joel's riff changes into a higher and echoing riff that flows extremely well with the vocals. Then, Mike D puts on a bass clinic with a good solo, then Jesse explodes into scream, and Adam comes flying in with a great double bass explosion. The chaos continues with a mini solo from Joel and the second verse begins. However, at the end of the song, Jesse begins to try to outdo himself and sound too heavy. However, he redeems himself with good spoken vocals and a great scream to end the song.


7.Numb Sickened Eyes: For some reason, I cannot get into this song. Joel's riff seems lackluster and the song just seems to be missing something. However, a cool guitar riff and clean chorus vocals are definite highlights of this song. Then, Adam D throws in his own clean vocals and the verse returns. Then the chorus returns and leads into an extremly heavy, slow, breakdown to end the song. Then a bit of feedback leads us into the Unblind..

8.In The Unblind: My favorite KsE song, ever. A great guitar riff, which sounds as though two guitars are playing. Great vocals, great guitar, good drumming(COWBELL!), and Mike D holding down the bass. Jesse's vocals switch between clean and heavy, and so does Joel's guitar riff. An almost galloping riff takes over during the pre-chorus, which shows Adam D's talent on the drums. Then, the breakdown occurs. Jesse screaming "FIGHT, THE, SYSTEM, KILL, THE, SYSTEM!", Joel playing an extremely fast guitar riff, and Adam pounding the life out of his drums. A spoken vocal occurs before a repeated breakdown, which ends the song. Truly, a excellent song.

9.One Last Sunset: As your pumped up from In The Unblind, One Last Sunset is a more meloncholy song, which has no vocals and is a fitting end to the album. For the first time, we hear a keyboard, which fits extremely well into the song. The tempo speeds up towards the end of the song, with a extremly haunting effects and guitar riff. The drums just add to the feeling of the song, which truly feels like one last look at life. An almost marching riff slowly takes the song away, and as it fades, so fades too a truly great Metalcore masterpiece.

Final Impressions

As the sirens end on One Last Sunset, you wonder what you just listened to. Truly, this desplays Killswitch Engage truly has and shows where they began as a group. Its sad to me that lineup changes and a bit of overproduction have led Killswitch away from this original sound that they possesed. None the less, this is truly a great album and anyone who appricates music should check it out.

Recommended Tracks:
*Temple From The Within
*Vide Infra
*In The Unblind
*One Last Sunset

Overall Rating, an excellent 4/5

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Comments:Add a Comment 
March 18th 2006


I can't dig this at all. I'm a big KsE fan, but this album is just dull to me. It's not that it's bad or anything, it just can't seem to engage my interest.
I don't think they're overproduced now either. Seems like these days, people say 'overproduced' when they mean 'well produced'. Part of the reason songs like Rose Of Sharyn, My Last Serenade, Life To Lifeless, and The End Of Heartache sound so good is because they're fantastically recorded and mixed. They have such a more layered and sonically complex sound now than they did on this album.
But anyway, I'm ranting...
Good review rusty, I dig it.

March 18th 2006


good review. I personally love this album, but it was pretty hard to find, and did take a long time for me to get into. But now i love it.

March 18th 2006


I have yet to check this album outThis Message Edited On 03.18.06

March 18th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. This is a great debut album, although I stand firm in my opinion that Alive Or Just Breathing is they're absolute best, and probably always will be.

April 4th 2006


Good review, but l;ike the guy above me said, I think AOBJ is better :p.

April 26th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

irreversal is such an agressive song! i love this album

May 20th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

I've gotta say, no matter what anyone says, this is my favourite sound killswitch has ever made... The guitar at the beginning of In The Unblind is incredibly addictive, and I think Rusted Embrace has the highest headbanging appeal, apart from Prelude... which I can play on the drums :D

June 13th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

this is an awesome cd

IbaNez FreAk
June 19th 2006


Nice Album,..But the end of album So much better,..

October 26th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

This is easily their best album to date, it'll be interesting to see if KsE if they can top this one.....ever.......

One of my favourite metalcore albums, very thrashy too

October 27th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

I noticed that too mudvaynian, and I can't figure out how to change it. MOD HELP PLEASE!

Drunken Viking
October 27th 2006


Don't worry it's been changed.

October 27th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you Viking, if that was you.

October 27th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

the next cd is better

Drunken Viking
October 28th 2006


[QUOTE=]Thank you Viking, if that was you.[/QUOTE]
It was actually Spat Out Plath...

April 5th 2007


Album Rating: 2.0

i love this album. Jesse Leach was such a loss for this band, and yet, Howard Jones was an incredible gain for 'em. Excellant first album by an overall amazing band.This Message Edited On 05.12.07

June 16th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

This album is great, love their old sound, actual is good but Howard doesn't have the feel that Jesse had. Even though AOJB was much better

October 19th 2009


Album Rating: 2.0

Worst. Album. Evar!

January 28th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

This is decent. But modern Killswitch has definitely ruined the reputation of their older work. Namely this and Alive or Just Breathing. Everything post Jesse is meh at best.

February 17th 2011


god jesse is astoundingly good isnt he?

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