Disarm The Descent (Special Edition CD+DVD)

Disarm The Descent (Special Edition CD+DVD)

  • Record Label: Roadrunner
  • Catalog#: 1686176505
  • Country Of Release: NLD
  • Year Of Release: 2013
  • Notes: .. Descent
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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  1. Khyron says:
    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Reclamation In Flames -or- Maybe LL Cool J Said It Best, April 2, 2013
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    This review is from: Disarm The Descent (Audio CD)

    Don’t call it a comeback.

    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 their follow-up to 2002′s master work ‘Alive Or Just Breathing’ which introduced the world to the aural assault that was Howard Jones, or `As Daylight Dies’ which had to duplicate the breakthrough success of `End Of Heartache’, or 2013′s `Disarm The Descent’ which faces the truly daunting task of both righting the perceived shortcomings of its predecessor and herald the second coming of Mr. Leach, Killswitch Engage, arguably the most successful band in Metalcore, seems to be forever behind the eight ball.

    Good. ‘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.

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  2. david farley says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome!!!, April 4, 2013
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    Best album since alive or just breathing!! And easily one of the best albums of the year. Killswitch Engage is Back!!!

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  3. Ryan says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Killswitch Engage on Steroids, April 4, 2013
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    This review is from: Disarm The Descent (Special Edition CD+DVD) (Audio CD)

    I thought about writing a full fledged review. But I decided to keep it short and to the point. I don’t even know what to say about this album. This is something else entirely. I’m trying NOT to listen to it 24 hours a day for fear of spoiling the awesomeness. This is something metalcore has been waiting for, for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I love Howard Jones and I await more music from him, but this is Killswitch Engage, this is what they were meant to be.

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