Reviews Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies

Killswitch Engage

As Daylight Dies

Complain all you want about the state of modern music. Yes, we have to deal with fake soul like Maroon 5, fake screamo like The Used, and fake men like Panic! At the Disco. But it's still a remarkable thing that heavy music with abrasive screaming has become at least partially mainstream. You won't usually hear it on radio, sometimes not even hard rock radio, but record sales speak for themselves. People are gravitating towards metalcore more than ever before.

Killswitch Engage is arguably the biggest band in this emerging phenomenon, right alongside Lamb of God. Whereas the latter mine Pantera's military-stomp territory, Killswitch Engage excel in two areas: brutality and melody. As Daylight Dies shows a band getting even better at their craft, honing their ability to write concise, catchy metal. The opening title track is a perfect summation of what they do, beginning with atmospheric tones, going into a punishing breakdown with bloodcurdling screams, followed by an anthemic chorus.

Howard Jones has a wide range of vocal diversity, from low growls to high-pitched screams to nearly operatic singing. The reason why Killswitch Engage can get away with so much singing is due to the simple reason that Jones doesn't sound like a wuss. So many hardcore vocalists turn to whiny hooks in their choruses, and then try to get tough again. Jones screams better than almost any frontman, and can then turn around and sing perfectly while still maintaining aggression. He's also lucky to have talented guitarists writing songs that are complex yet memorable. Adam Dutkiewicz produces their albums, along with countless other bands, yet still finds time to keep his own band's songs from becoming an afterthought.

Granted, what Killswitch Engage relies on can best be described as a formula, and over the course of an entire album, that formula can get slightly tired. That along with a couple songs that just don't make the cut, keep As Daylight Dies from being perfect. Critics will claim that it's their straying from their original, heavier material that drag it down, but it's really just simple mathematics. You can only take so much of the same thing for so long. But Killswitch Engage don't overstay their welcome too much, and keep the album at a lean eleven songs. Metalcore's dying days may well be approaching, but this is one band that may be able to stand above the rest of their peers, appreciated for making heavy music with actual substance.

7.9 / 10Elliot
Advertisement
Fat Wreck
Leave a comment

Roadrunner

2006

7.9 / 10

7.9 / 10

Share this content
Advertisement
Radio K
Recent reviews

Vegas

Sagevisule

8.2 / 10 Vegas - Sagevisule album cover
200 Words Or Less

The ever elusive Vegas has returned. While the band have released a scant few songs in the years since their full-length those songs have shown them maitaining a sense of ...

Son Of Man

Burn The Witch EP

7.8 / 10 Son Of Man - Burn The Witch EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

The possible hermits of Son Of Man have returned after their all too brief burner of a debut the band has reconvened for something even more nasty and dark. With ...

Shitty Weekend

Shit Week

8.4 / 10 Shitty Weekend - Shit Week album cover

This thing is all over the map, from freak-out jazz-punk one minute (“Geneva”) to a track of haunting old man ghost noises laid atop a galloping horse, and then band ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.