“Disarm The Descent” is currently streaming over at Alternative Press. Listen here! The past few years have been interesting for Killswitch Engage. Aside from Howard Jones’ health problems, which eventually lead to his departure as lead vocalist, the rest of the band members were involved with side projects. Whether it be Adam D. and Joel Stroetzel’s work in Times of Grace, Mike D’Antonio’s efforts in Death Ray Vision, or Justin Foley’s temporary role as Unearth’s drummer, these musicians found themselves engaged without the Killswitch. Needless to say, many fans and critics began to question the band’s future. Then after Jones’ departure, the band reunited with former vocalist Jesse Leach, raising the eyebrow of the metal and hard rock community. The band began touring again and even catching the attention of old school fans. And now with the release of “Disarm the Descent”, it’s as if KSE is telling the world, “Your Massholes are back, refreshed, and ready to tear you a new one!”.
The album showcases diversity. Tracks such as “In Due Time” and “Time Will Not Remain” demonstrate the classic KSE metalcore, full of melodeath riffing and memorable choruses. Fans of Shadows Fall will appreciate the relentless shredding and soloing in “The New Awakening”. The song “Turning Point” opens with a heavy breakdown overlapped with riffing that is reminiscent of early August Burns Red. The chorus in “You Don’t Bleed For Me” has a melancholy feel to it, similar to what you may hear from some 90’s alternative rock bands.
“Disarm the Descent” is a phenomenal release from start to finish. It will be released on April 2nd via Roadrunner Records. If you like the new record be sure to catch them on tour in the future, their live show is second to none.
(p.s. the cover art is probably the coolest looking since “The End of Heartache”, courtesy of Mike D.)