KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Disarm the Descent

Disarm the Descent FORMAT: CD
REALEASE DATE: 02.04.2013

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Jesse Leach - voce
Adam Dutkiewicz - tobe, chitara, voce
Joel Stroetzel - chitara
Mike D'Antonio - bas
Justin Foley - tobe

01. The Hell in Me02. Beyond the Flames03. New Awakening04. In Due Time05. A Tribute to the Fallen06. The Turning Point07. All That We Have08. You Don't Bleed for Me09. The Call10. No End in Sight11. Always12. Time Will Not Remain

I heard about Killswitch Engage in 2005, when my cable provider had the inspiration to start broadcasting MTV2. For the uninitiated, MTV2 was the exact opposite of its parent station (so you can stop feeling nauseous now), and would quite often broadcast, among other, metal bands. This is how I heard about bands such as God Forbid, Lamb of GodAs I Lay Dying (who were just releasing the incredible Shadows Are Security), and, of course, Killswitch Engage, making a transition from traditional metal to less traditional one, ending in "core". Practically I could say about MTV2, as long as it lasted on our cables, that it managed to educate and bring peace between older metal fans with hardcore/punk ones, bringing them to the same halls for shows by CrizeProtest UrbanDodiez or Deviant, without this resulting in a brawl (as it would have happened not that many years ago), but in a mosh pit, beer and good fun. And, personally, with the new wave of metalcore, I got a better understanding of bands that I used to hate with all my heart, such as System of A DownDisturbed, and, to top it all, Linkin Park.


But to return to the subject at hand, I was very happy when I heard that Jesse Leach had returned to the band, because I was hoping that this way we would hear a new Alive or Just Breathing - 2002. Unfortunately, despite this return, Disarm the Descent just didn’t blow my socks off. It is obviously much better than their previous two offerings, but this is not enough. While on the 2002 record Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel would rely on guitar riffs and less on solos, this time they show us that they can hold their own with this part, too, and this is probably the only place where we have a clear progress. But, let’s not forget the regress, and that consists mainly of enthusiasm, energy and innovation - or more precisely, the lack thereof, things that I particularly enjoyed on Alive or Just Breathing and are now mostly gone.


Of the 12 songs, my favourites are The Hell in Me, The New AwakeningA Tribute to the Fallen and The Turning Point. About the album I can say that it starts with a lot of energy, but along the way falls into routine and monotony: from a moment you just wait for it to be over. And while on Alive or Just Breathing we had 12 metalcore anthems - making you sad it’s over, this time you can get drunk with happiness for a month if you can find five decent songs (well, if you bring alcohol into the equation you could find even seven or eight). So, no matter how much the five band members try to contradict themselves, it seems that their last serenade happened exactly 11 years ago!!!

Fantotzii more Nota: 7.5

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