Killswitch Engage - Killswitch Engage (3 stars)

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Killswitch Engage - Killswitch Engage

(Roadrunner)

It seems that for today’s metal bands to achieve success, they’ve got to be able to mix the traditional guttural distortion with clean melody and soaring choruses – and Killswitch Engage are premier purveyors of this dichotomy. This album, however, fails to capture some of the ball-busting potency of previous efforts, and despite their usual nimble guitar thrashing and infectious vocals being impressive on the likes of ‘The Forgotten’ and ‘Take Me Away’, these once colourful Americans are threatening to become a little pallid. Saying that, there’s plenty here to keep the die-hard fans happy – and they could possibly win over a couple of newbies too.

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