Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Killswitch Engage

Okay, Okay, Okay. Settle down hipsters. I know, I know. This isn't normally a band that I would post about, or drop mp3s of, but my buddy/roommate Nickas tells me that they are the hottest thing going on in the metal world right now. Infact, he thinks that they'll be "HUGE" someday. We'll see. Since MYCT is all about celebrating everyone's differences, lets all give this a try. If it sucks, let me know and I'll make fun of Nickas for you. Little bio and three songs. Rock, seriously, rock.

Killswitch Engage are to the New Wave of American Heavy Metal as Korn are to nu-metal. They were both around at the beginning of their respective genres and they both bring something new to hard rock. Korn incorporated rap into their rock, and Killswitch incorporate acoustic interludes ("Inhale" & "And Embers Rise"), a singer who's voice can be soulful at times (as in "The End of Heartache"), and lyrics that are sometimes almost poetic ("Your memory is never passing/ My love for you is everlasting"). Sure, Killswitch have all of the characteristics of a metalcore band (face-melting riffs, pounding drums and a loud singer), but those three small innovations make all the difference. They make Killswitch stand out from bands like Chimaira and Lamb of God, but more importantly, these innovations make the C.D. diverse, helping it to be worthy of repeated listens.

From their album The End of Heartache:
Killswitch Engage - The End of Heartache
Killswitch Engage - Take this Oath

From their album Alive or Just Breathing:
Killswitch Engage - Element of One

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All that really needs to be said about this band is that they Rock. Even when Jesse Leach was the singer they kicked ass. Your friend has good taste in music.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Killswitch Engage is the best new band of this century......too bad they didn't win that grammy

2:21 PM  

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