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As Daylight Dies

Released on 20 November 2006

Artist: Killswitch Engage

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  1. Daylight Dies
  2. This Is Absolution
  3. The Arms of Sorrow
  4. Unbroken
  5. My Curse
  6. For You
  7. My Heart Still Beats Your Name
  8. Through The Eye of the Storm
  9. Break The Silence
  10. Desperate Times
  11. Reject Yourself
  • Fourth album from US metalcore troupe lays claim to being one of the finest metal albums of 2006. This follow-up to 2004's 'The End Of Heartache' - which introduced new vocalist Howard Jones - sees him dispel any remaining doubts over his inclusion. The band's synthesis of pulverizing brutality, catchy melody and unabashedly epic, impassioned songwriting is staggeringly powerful, and captured to perfection in a killer production job from guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz.

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 Truly unique vocal ability

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Though this album may trigger massive discontent amongst fans who picked up on Killswitch during their alive or just breathing tour. it will most definately appeal to those who are somewhat reluctant to classify themselves as fans of the metal genre.

They're many similarities between this album and its predecessor, and what it does do is extend and deepen KSE's powerful, magnetic and energetic surge.

The choruses are catchy and refuse to let you go amid a flurry of riffs, in terms of lyrics the band fail to stand out. Although they use lyrics as tools which best express and portray Jones' strengths. The chorus's are in typical KSE fashion. The chorus in every KSE track is the foundation of the song and everything else serves to build on it.
However this is somewhat distinctive for an act who are regularly branded as "Metalcore", it is something they employ to gain a much larger fan base and could be the penultimate factor in pushing KSE into the dark, deep and unfamiliar territory that is "mainstream" music.

Adam Dutkiewicz performs the role of gutairist and backing vocals to an effect where he creates an atmosphere ideal for Jones's emphatically harmonious solo's.

"My Curse" is the first single. Beginning with a slow, simple yet amicably done guitar solo, Dutkiewicz yells are reminiscent of the late Kurt Cobain's, though still hold elements of calmness. Backing vocals here play a supportive role and whereas other bands might use this feature as something which plays off the leading vocals, Dutkiewicz and Jones are somewhat of a partnership.

"The Arms of Sorrow" begins with an aspect of tranquillity whilst in the background something is growing and this eclipses when Jones flexes his vocals and you know you have a KSE song which you will remember and are attracted to despite your personal genre tastes.

KSE represent the re-emergence of "metal core" acts, and they have built the foundations strong enough to support the claim that in the not too distant future they could be as successful or perhaps more than Metallica. Yet "As Daylight Dies" is KSE's third full length LP and it may take another two or three before the sales reach that of Metallica's. Early indications look more then promising but KSE still have quite a distance to travel.

 A fantastic breath of fresh air.

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Killswitch Engage are one of the largest most popular metal bands of current times. For them, selling anything is as simple as just slapping a label with their name on and it's guaranteed to fly off the high street selves. Instead of basking in their own reputation they've gone out, and reinvented their sound. Packing an even stronger punch than their previous albums, this album will blow you away. Howard and Adam's vocals have gone from being fantastic to legendary, every song on this album will captivate you in awe for months to come.

A must for any true metal fan.

 Autopilot Engage

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After the seminal End of Heartache, Killswitch Engage established themselves as one of the biggest metal bands on the planet. As such, big things were expected of their next work, to which they have only partially delivered.

The main problem with Daylight is that there is nothing here that you won't find on their three previous albums. Every song follows the exact same pattern; fast riff, shouted verse, sung chorus with overdubbed shouting. It's certainly not a bad album by any means but neither is it an incredibly good one in the same vein as Alive or Heartache were. Whilst it does work in places - Arms of Sorrow and Through the Eye of the Storm being the best tracks - the overriding impression is something that was rushed or even like a B Sides collection. As such, it is hard to recommend outright unless you've bought their previous albums. If you haven't, get Alive or Just Breathing, then The End of Heartache, then this.

 kse number 1 forever

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killswitch engage are brilliant their best album nuff said they now run the metal industry i hope trivium learn from kse on how to do an album properly

 alright...

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it's an alright album..i still prefer the old singer..but there are some good songs on this album, but some are just annoying:D

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