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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B000065894
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one of the best albums I have ever heard.
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The lyrics are meaningful, the vocals are brutal, the bass is heavy, the drums and guitars are amazing.
The vocalist Jesse Leach can scream hardcore style, metal style or sing very well.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Concatenation on June 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Every once in awhile an album in heavy music comes along that completely destroys your perception of heavniess, or brutality, and truely pushes the limits and recreates the rules. Albums like "Master of Puppets" from Metallica, Korn's first record, Slipknot's debut, Pantera's "Vulger Display of Power", Meshuggah's "Chaosphere", Deftones' "Around the Fur", System of a Down's debut, Slayer's "Reign in Blood", or just about anything from Opeth. This is one of these albums.
This album completely reinvigorated my love for real metal again. In a world saturated with nu metal clones, a band comes out of nowhere and just totally crushes everyone.
This album probably has the best combination of truley brutal music and incredibly melodic vocals that I have heard, possibly ever. The singer belts out screams and death growls like the best death metal bands, and sings the melodic parts so perfectly catchy POP fans almost would dig it - and that doesn't mean its cheesy. Not even close. You will be blown away by his vocal range.
You're gonna get semi-blast beats, a metric ton of double-bass, and cutting, crushing riffs that will stick in your head for days. On top of that, the production on this is crystal clear. I wish every metal record sounded like this!
All you need to get hooked on this album is to listen to the opening track "Numbered Days" - and listen to it very loud. I'm a big believer in the opening track needing to set the tone and destroy you with the very first listen - its critical to set the tone. Well, this does that, and then some.
This is one of those albums that even other metal artists envy. This is one of those bands that after one release, people are already talking about how hugely influential these guys could become.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LeftManOut on November 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As most people know, Roadrunner Records has been reissuing influential records from their catalogue for the celebration of its 25th Anniversary. It's only fitting that Killswitch Engage's "Alive Or Just Breathing" should be one of those influential re-released albums. Largely responsible for bringing the metal/hardcore hybrid to the mainstream, "Alive Or Just Breathing" is simply one of the best albums I've ever had to pleasure of listening to, and it's one thing to have missed out on listening to it the first time around, but now that most people are getting a second chance (and an extremely good deal at that), there's no real excuse not to hear this revolutionary cd. The re-issue contains a bonus disc with unreleased b-sides and demos from the album, as well as out-takes, and makes the purchase of this album a must for any fan of the band who somehow seemed to have skipped this album in the past.

Killswitch Engage was one of the first bands in the music world to start playing what has come to be known as "metalcore", starting with their humble debut on Ferret records. However when the time came for a second effort, following their move to Roadrunner Records, Killswitch Engage unleashed the monster known as "Alive Or Just Breathing" on us. It's safe to say that anything the band attempted on the first record (Gothenburg influenced metal riffs, heavy breakdowns, trade off screaming/singing) has been absolutely perfected on this release. With Adam moving from drums back to guitar, and original Aftershock (Mike, Joel and Adam's band before KSE) drummer Tom taking his place behind the kit, the band has a much fuller sound.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Alla Koholick on February 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you like Hatebreed, but want something with more melody, look here. If you want Atreyu, with less emo and more punch, look here. If you're looking for run-of-the-mill hardcore that goes nowhere, bye. You won't find that here.
Killswitch Engage are a mix of bands playing balls-out hardcore/thrash like Hatebreed and Mudvayne, coupled with the clean vocals and soaring guitar melodies of In Flames and Atreyu. There are no solos, and only one song sounds remotely death metal("To The Sons Of Man"), but if you're into In Flames and you want more aggression, you're at the right place.
"Sel Revolution," for all intents and purposes, could pass for an In Flames song. The catchy chorus is much more well-done than In Flames' choruses, but the melodic riffs and style of growling is unmistakably similar(without being derivative). Vocalist Jesse Leach was amazing on this album due to the juxtaposition of his growling and singing. New singer Howard Jones is equally versatile, but their styles are different, and Leach will be missed. "My Last Serenade" is my favorite song, and has a great riff, coupled with a sick head-banging time change and amazing chorus(also has a cool video). "Numbered Days" kicks you in the crotch and keeps kicking as you're on the ground, even when the growling stops. The melodic riffs of the title track and "Temple From The Within" are effortlessly catchy, and "Life To Lifeless" has a great rhythmic groove. "Fixation On The Darkness" sounds a bit like Sevendust, and "The Element Of One" and "Vide Infra" have equal parts melody and heaviness. One track is a synth/acoustic lead-in, and aside from the aforementioned clunker in track 07, everything is right as rain. The drummer is very talented(also the producer!
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