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Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage (2000) Review

General Information:

Artist: Killswitch Engage
Album: Killswitch Engage (2000)
Genre(s): Metalcore
Subgenres(s): N/A
Released: 2000
Length: 32 minutes
Language(s): English
Label(s): Ferret Music

Track List:

01. Temple from the Within
02. Vide Infra
03. Irreversal
04. Rusted Embrace
05. Prelude
06. Soilborn
07. Numb Sickened Eyes
08. In the Unblind
09. One Last Sunset
10. Prelude (1999 Demo) (Bonus Track)
11. Soilborn (1999 Demo) (Bonus Track)
12. Vide Infra (1999 Demo) (Bonus Track)
13. In the Unblind (1999 Demo) (Bonus Track)

Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage (2000) Cover

Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage (2000) Cover

Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage (2000) Review

Killswitch Engage released their first self-titled album in 200, which also happens to be their debut, and is much coarser than their subsequent releases. With nothing much in the way of melody Jesse Leach’s vocal style is mostly gut-wrenching screams that sound positively savage when paired with Killswitch Engages raw and uncompromising metalcore sound.

One needs not look further than the first few seconds of Temple from the Within to experience this and while he momentarily dips into a melodic refrain he’ll immediately revert back to the aggro like there’s nothing to it. There’s also the uncommon pairing of singing over blast beat drumming on Irreversal and death metal growls during the breakdown at the end of the song which shows a completely different side of Killswitch Engage in their earliest incarnation.

Underneath all of this are some positive lyrics dealing with individuality (In the Unblind) as well as on Soilborn which refers to striving for truth and integrity but it’s difficult to follow most of it without the lyrics written out in front of you unless you have a keen ear for it.

There’s already enough testosterone for it to start leaking out their ears but on the rerelease of Killswitch Engage there are four demo versions of songs from the album that are somewhat less refined, relatively speaking, and there are a few differences like the lack of whispered vocals and drum introduction on the Prelude demo. One Last Sunset is the second instrumental and final song on the original album which shows a willingness to experiment with an emphasis on atmosphere that develops over the first half of the song before the tempo picks up and it grows into a foreboding march before a few more twists and turns appear.

The first self-titled Killswitch Engage album is a worthwhile Metalcore album for fans of the genre as well as for those that want to hear what Killswitch Engage were like before having major mainstream success.

Performers:

Jesse Leach: Vocals
Joel Stroetzel: Guitars
Mike D’Antonio: Bass
Adam Dutkiewicz: Drums, Backing Vocals

External Links:

Killswitch Engage Homepage
Killswitch Engage on Wikipedia
Killswitch Engage (2000) on Wikipedia

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The Autumn Offering Embrace the Gutter Review

General Information:

Artist: The Autumn Offering
Album: Embrace the Gutter
Genre(s): Heavy Metal, Metalcore
Subgenres(s): Melodic Death Metal
Released: 2006
Length: 35 minutes
Language(s): English
Label(s): Victory Records

Track List:

01. Prologue
02. Decay
03. The Yearning
04. Embrace the Gutter
05. Ghost
06. Misery
07. This Future Disease
08. One Last Thrill
09. No End in Sight
10. Walk the Line
11. The Final Cut

The Autumn Offering Embrace the Gutter Cover

The Autumn Offering Embrace the Gutter Cover

The Autumn Offering Embrace the Gutter Review

Embrace the Gutter is the second album by The Autumn Offering. It features a fluid blend of metalcore and melodic death metal, a style that had gained a lot of traction by its release in 2006, but Embrace the Gutter is far from a run of the mill bandwagoning effort. There are plenty of guitar leads and tasteful solos without many of the typical hardcore breakdowns or drawn out guitar chugging sessions that can be found on albums by many of their contemporaries.

Vocalist Dennis Miller has improved a lot since the bands 2004 debut Revelations of the Unsung and while he still utilises a throaty shout, it is more accessible and easier to understand than before. His lyrics revolve around personal struggles so the mentions of decay and disease are metaphors for these things instead of being over the top and literal like in other bands.

Aside from the excellent blend of metal guitar soloing and hardcore bridges, The Autumn Offering has some tasteful clean guitar interludes on No End in Sign and One Last Thrill that would have been a brilliant third side to the band’s sound if it was utilised fully. This third side is only brought to life properly on the instrumental closer The Final Cut and features classical piano playing over the drums and guitars. This then transforms into a cinematic interlude complete with wind effects that take up about half the song before closing with one final dramatic guitar chord and drum beat.

Embrace the Gutter is an overlooked album but it is a worthy addition to the collection of melodic death metal or metalcore fans. Its short length works to its advantage and prevents it from ever becoming stale or tired and instead offers a great deal of replay value.

Performers:

Sean Robbins: Bass
Nick Gelyon: Drums
Matt Johnson: Guitar
Dennis Miller: Vocals
Tommy Church: Guitars

External Links:

The Autumn Offering on Wikipedia | Embrace the Gutter on Wikipedia
The Autumn Offering on Metal Archives | Embrace the Gutter on Metal Archives