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Killswitch Engage @ Roseland Ballroom (3/1/2007)

Killswitch Engage was back and ready to crush a soldout Roseland Ballroom tonight. They would be performing with Dragonforce, Chimaira and He Is Legend and we were able to document the full show and get photos of three of the bands. To check out more about this incredible event just scroll past the logo below.

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Artist: Killswitch Engage
Venue: Roseland Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Dragonforce, Chimaira, He Is Legend
Date: 3/01/2007
Label: Roadrunner Records

It was dubbed the “No Fear Music Tour” and that’s pretty much par for the course when it came to Killswitch Engage invading The Roseland Ballroom for a night of Metal mayhem. The group would be supporting their newest release “As Daylight Dies” and bring with them the ever hot Metal presence of Dragonforce, the crunching riffs of Chimaira and He Is Legend. Those that were able to snare tickets for the show would surely get a lot of value for their money tonight. I made sure to arrive early enough to see all the bands for this one and by the look of it – hundreds and hundreds of other Metal heads had the same idea as me. It was sure to be a good night and here is a little bit of the action for you to absorb.
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“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

Slayer @ Roseland Ballroom (11/11/2004)

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Artist: Slayer
Venue: Roseland Ballroom NYC
Opener: Killswitch Engage & Mastodon
Date: 11/11/04
Label: American Recordings
Genre: Thrash Metal

The Jaegermeister Music Tour has definitely become one of the most anticipated events in Heavy Metal music these days and primarily because it features the mighty Slayer as the headlining band (or at least it has for a couple of years now). It is an example of metal at its most primal intensity and can become brutal beyond description. This year it would be no different for Slayer would return as the Headliner with Killswitch Engage and Mastodon would kick of the mayhem for the evening. I cannot think of a better venue for this sort of concert than Roseland Ballroom. The entire front stage area becomes a pit when Slayer comes on and if you are not into that sort of thing you really need to run for the hills as it can get crazy.
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