- Audio CD (April 2, 2013)
- Special ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Roadrunner Records
- ASIN: B00B5JBZGS
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
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Disarm The Descent marks the return of original singer Jesse Leach to Killswitch Engage. Leach was the voice behind the genre defining release Alive Or Just Breathing. This album has been hailed as one of the most anticipated releases of 2013 by magazines, blogs and most importantly the fans who are eagerly welcoming Jesse back into the band after 10 years away.
Special Edition includes bonus DVD of the making of Disarm The Descent.
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Don't get me wrong. Howard was an amazing singer. Hell, he was the one that got me into "heavier" metal when I listened to The End of Heartache, which started my progression toward listening to death, black and all other flavors of metal, but when I got Alive or Just Breathing and heard Jesse's growls, screams and especially his melodic singing, I fell in love. Something about what he says and how he says it really spoke and still speaks to me. His obviously deep passion towards the words he speaks and the authenticity with which he conveys those words are a big part of what makes him so marvelous. I've been hoping for his return to heavier music for a while. The Empire Shall Fall was the first gleam of hope in that respect and while that band is extremely awesome, it just wasn't the same as his past with KSE in my opinion. Same went with Times of Grace (and yes I know that Adam D produced and plays in band). I love both of those bands a ton, but they just didn't seem as great as the original KSE to me.
So if you have any reservations about buying this album because of how soft and sort of bland KSE had been sounding lately (I know I did) or maybe even because you liked Howard better, know that this is definitely worth every penny. It's like Alive or Just Breathing with better and faster drums and better vocals since Jesse's range seems to have broadened over the years. Some songs he sounds just like Howard. Other times he sounds like Phil from All That Remains. He can sometimes sound like other great singers while still keeping true to his own style. I was also blown away at the fact that there was a lot of quick double bass and even blast beats. Didn't think KSE would produce a heavier album like this after their last album. They seemed to be moving to the softer side like most heavy bands seem to do as they age and become famous (Cough, Mastodon). So it's nice to hear a band move away from the more commercial, soft stuff and back to being a bit harder and faster. I honestly figured that this would just end up being another Times of Grace album (which wouldn't necessarily have been a bad thing), but I was ecstatic to find that I was completely wrong in my assumption. This collection of songs is their return to their time of grace (sorry, had to be done) while still producing something seemingly fresh with faster and heavier tracks.
So whatever reason you may have for not purchasing this latest album from Killswitch Engage, stop thinking and just get it. You won't regret it a bit. I know I haven't.
Other than Metallica, has any metal band ever been under more scrutiny or pressure to deliver landmark albums with every successive release than Killswitch Engage? Whether it was 'End Of Heartache', the record which had the impossible task of following up 2002's master work 'Alive Or Just Breathing' while simultaniouly introducing the world to the aural assault that was Howard Jones; or `As Daylight Dies' which had to duplicate the breakthrough success of its predecessor; or 2013's `Disarm The Descent' which faces the truly daunting task of both righting the perceived shortcomings of their second eponymous record and herald the return of Mr. Leach, Killswitch Engage, arguably the most successful band in Metalcore, seems to be forever behind the eight ball.
'Disarm The Descent' is a record which seems to have been written with the understanding that it would be perceived as the new standard-bearer; the record that would carve in stone the sonic legacy of Metalcore's banner band, or stand as the line of demarcation between the old guard and the shape of pinched harmonics to come. 'Disarm' has answered the call and then some, and Killswitch have offered a record that will suffer incalculable assassination attempts while it delivers track after track of calculated fury; seemingly unaware of the internet arrows that fall well short of their intended mark. From the opening, bludgeoning guitar chugs and Justin Foley's thunderous, fully automatic double bass on 'The Hell In Me', to the instantly accessible and dare I say catchy hooks of 'In Due Time' and 'No End In Sight', to the slow, even thoughtful anthem of 'Always' or the positively unforgiving metallic assault of 'Beyond The Flames' and 'Time Will Not Remain', absolutely every moment of 'Disarm' feels like a Killswitch record. The pedigree of this album is above reproach.
Credit Adam Dutkiewicz who has resumed his rightful place at the sound board. Just as Unearth experimented with loudness junkie Terry Date on their muffled 'III: In The Eyes Of Fire' before bringing Adam back in for their relentlessly brutal record 'The March', 'Disarm' finds Adam (AKA The George Martin of metal) comfortably back at the helm of the ship; providing clarity and balance where too often there is simply loudness and chaos. Nowhere is this more evident than with the rhythm section of D'Antonio and Foley who simply could not provide a better percussive bed to Stroetzel's and Dutkiewicz's high, clean guitars and Leach's furious vocal spitfires. Each instrument, including Jesse's, has been played and layered with surgical precision, with no one sound ever cancelling out another. No small feat given Adam's and Jesse's shared and multi-tonal screams, growls and clean vocals that create harmony where one should expect to find contemptuous discord.
What many will struggle with while listening to this record is trying to hear the songs with Howard on vocals. Don't bother. Howard Jones' vocals are singular and he is truly without peer in metal. I can offer no higher praise. Should you approach this record longing for the vocal prism that Howard offered on the three Killswitch records he sang on then nothing I can say here will convince you to give 'disarm' the proverbial fair shake. However, approaching 'Disarm' as perhaps a spiritual, maybe even a sonic successor to 'Alive Or Just Breathing' can allow those willing to hear Leach and his searing, tortured screams and honest, soul-bearing clean vocals that seem to have been purposefully constructed for this record. Leach's phenomenal range and nakedly honest delivery on 'The New Awakening' and 'A Tribute To The Fallen' are hallmarks of his style and the songs on 'Disarm' will be welcome additions to the Killswitch canon.
So does 'Disarm The Descent' reach the dizzying heights of that dreamed of world we'll call fan's expectations? That depends greatly on which end of the 'Bands must evolve/Bands must never change' spectrum you find yourself. With this record, Killswitch Engage have solidified themselves as possibly the most consistent (read: formulaic) Metalcore band in the world. Perhaps the addition of Leach on vocals will slake the thirst of those who require evolution from "their" metal bands. For everyone else, however, 'Disarm The Descent' is an echo of the pillars that came before it and a metal album that will stand on its own as a remarkably engaging, if never shocking, recording from this genre.
Guess you`ll just have to wait for that flute solo.
I still gave this a shot and HOLY CRAP WAS I WRONG.
Never doubt these guys. The self titled effort before this didn't have staying the power of their earlier albums (after I initially adored it), but THIS album is absolutely incredible and Jessie's voice is so much better now with the mature band that KSE has become. The choruses are amazing, the guitars are astounding (KILLER solos here), and the tracks flow really well together. Jessie pulls off the KSE scream and then sing clean so damn well that it feels like he's been here the whole time. The New Awakening, In Due Time, No End In Sight, hell, EVERY track has something awesome about it - guitars, choruses, etc. You can also put it on shuffle and get excited for what comes up next. These guys are suddenly back on top in a big way and it's awesome. Hats off to Jessie.
I can't say enough about this album. It's been in regular rotation for a year now, and I can't stop listening to it. I haven't said that about any KSE album in a while and that is the best damn praise I can give this sucker. A remarkable achievement and any fan will love it.
The boys are back and better than ever. A MUST.