“As Daylight Dies” by Killswitch Engage

Artist: Killswitch Engage
Title: “As Daylight Dies”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 11/21/2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5/

I am sure that it is safe to say with a level of certainty that Melodic Metalcore bands such as All That Remains, Burn In Silence, 36 Crazyfists and a laundry list of others all owe respect and a debt of gratitude to Killswitch Engage. The debt is based on KE’s contributions via their music and all their efforts on behalf of Heavy Metal as a genre as a whole. It was Killswitch who made it clear that both the intensity that you find in Metalcore and the traditional melodies in conventional Metal could, and would be able to work together with a bombastic result. “As Daylight Dies” is the bands fourth endeavor and the second album for singer Howard Jones who really seems to be a perfect fit for the group by now based on what you will hear presented on the CD. With this release, the group shows why they continue to be the undisputed masters of this Metal formula for so many years. There is no shortage of brutal aggression and you will find this prominently displayed on “Unbroken” where Jones rails against the world in anger only to break into the melodic parts with seeming ease and perfection. Tracks like opener “As Daylight Dies” and “This Is Absolution” remind you that you are listening to professionals who have really grown into their role as a leader for this brand of Metal. The success that they have achieved over the past few years have really given the form a massive push ahead of all the rest and with every tune on the new record you can see why they have become so influential in this kind of sound. As the future is stepped into, the band chooses not to rest on the laurels of success and we find the new album once again taking the band in a venture ahead to new ground and focusing a little more on the melodic side than they ever did before. If you are one of those fans who wanted this release to be a non-stop brutality fest then you might be a little dismayed but you should be aware that the use of melody does not mean that they have grown soft by any stretch of the imagination. This is actually a very killer album and I expect that when its numbers come back that it turns more people onto the group than it does turn off. In Metal, the only constant is change and since they deal with so much in the way of competition, I am glad to see Killswitch opting to once again lead the charge instead of following in the path of anyone else.

There is a lot of similarity to what they did on 2004’s “The End Of Heartache” in the way that melody was given a lot more room but again this still provides you with many intense and dynamic numbers. One of my favorites is “Still Beats Your Name” which is a throttling drum song with Justin Foley keeping the kit begging for forgiveness. They are pushing the track “My Curse” a lot so this will be one of the favored numbers in the live sense. The twin guitar attack of Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel reminds you that this is a Metal band first with some truly excellent riffing that owes a lot to old school Thrash at times. As the CD nears its finish, you get “Reject Yourself” which closes out the release with a punch that is as hard a hit as only Killswitch Engage can deliver. This is a recommended release and brings a lot to the listeners. Lyrics and a few photos are featured on the foldout insert. It seems that “As Daylight Dies”, the power of KE grows all the stronger.

Track Listing:
1. Daylight Dies
2. This Is Absolution
3. The Arms Of Sorrow
4. Unbroken
5. My Curse
6. For You
7. Still Beats Your Name
8. Eye Of the Storm
9. Break The Silence
10. Desperate Times
11. Reject Yourself

Official Website:
www.killswitchengage.com

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