Alive Or Just Breathing review by Killswitch Engage

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  • Released: May 21, 2002
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.2 (68 votes)
Killswitch Engage: Alive Or Just Breathing

Sound — 10
Killswitch Engage has taken riffs from the nineties and turned it into metal it used to be like for example, Pantera. They have taken old school metal and crafted it beautifully in their own sound.

Lyrics — 10
Fuck me! Jesse Leach can sing so well, yet have a terrifying death metal scream! Shame he left the band, but they got a worthy enough replacement in The Howard Jones. These guys also put on one amazing live show. Anyone who has seen them live will agree with. Lyrically they are very political, and have some of the best lyrics I've heard in any album this year. Another excellent album I believe sounds nothing like this one, but is one of my favourites. Hundred Reasons-'Ideas Above Our Station' is also a stunning bit of work.

Overall Impression — 10
To put it straight. Best metal album debut since Slipknot-Slipknot, Machine Head-'Burn My Eyes' and Pantera-'Vulgar Display Of Power'. Yes, it is THAT good. If you love metal, but this straight away! Put it at the top of your list! You will not regret it.

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