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kse-disarmReview by Greg Maki
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“The Hell in Me” comes screaming out of the gate to kick off Disarm the Descent, the sixth studio album by Killswitch Engage and its first with original frontman Jesse Leach since 2002’s landmark Alive or Just Breathing. Like most of the disc’s dozen tracks, it’s a short song (only two top four minutes), yet the band packs so much into it that it takes the listener on a real journey with peaks and valleys, and changes in mood and tone. The songs will sound familiar to any who has heard Killswitch before—that blend of Euro-style metal and American hardcore that so many others have tried to replicate—yet there is a passion, energy and urgency powering the music that their peers, for the most part, lack. It’s an elusive quality that even Killswitch couldn’t fully capture on its previous effort, 2009’s self-titled album. (more…)

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Joel Stroetzel of Killswitch Engage

The ‘Descent’ of Killswitch Engage
Guitarist Joel Stroetzel on the band’s new album and the return of Jesse Leach

After releasing the landmark album Alive or Just Breathing in 2002 and achieving mainstream success in the years that followed, Killswitch Engage is poised to scale even greater heights with the return of its original vocalist, Jesse Leach, on its sixth album, Disarm the Descent. Less than two weeks before its release, Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with guitarist Joel Stroetzel to talk about the new disc, Leach’s return and more. (more…)

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Jesse Leach, left, and Adam Dutkiewicz of Times of Grace

Jesse Leach, left, and Adam Dutkiewicz of Times of Grace

It’s hard to remember a new band that set the metal world aflutter the way Times of Grace has in early 2011. The reason: The act teams Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz with his band’s original singer, Jesse Leach (who spent the better part of the past decade in Seemless and now fronts The Empire Shall Fall), for the first time since Alive or Just Breathing, the landmark Killswitch album released in 2002. The Times of Grace debut, The Hymn of a Broken Man, released Jan. 18, 2011, shows Leach and Dutkiewicz’s creative partnership is stronger than ever. The band recently kicked off its first tour in Baltimore, and before the show, Leach talked to Live Metal’s Greg Maki about all things Times of Grace. (more…)

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Rock on the Range 2010. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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On their fifth studio album (the third with vocalist Howard Jones and second to be self-titled), Killswitch Engage knows what they do well and rarely deviates from it: Relentlessly pummeling verses, taking their cues from both hardcore and classic metal, lead to choruses powered by swelling vocal melodies. Such a simple description, though, seems to belittle a band that has become one of the leading forces in American heavy music. (more…)

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