Alive Or Just Breathing review by Killswitch Engage

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  • Released: May 21, 2002
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (70 votes)
Killswitch Engage: Alive Or Just Breathing

Sound — 10
First of all, anyone can do signature changes. But it's really hard to do it with three other musicians at the same time. That s--t takes practice. Their use of pinch harmonics, isn't worn out and comes at the right times, for example, at the end of a measure brfore it goes into the chorus. And they are one of the only modern hardcore bands to use use the scrape slide, which is commonly associated with 80's metal.

Lyrics — 8
I f--kin hate those b--chy little emo lyrics, "oh I'm sad my girlfriend left me and I can't get my hair to spike the right way" pisses me off really. These guys are assertive and aggressive with their lyrics. "Get the fuck off your ass and do something!", is the jist of their harder song.

Overall Impression — 10
I didn't like this as much as the end of heartache, but this definitely kicks a significant ammount of ass. So props to them for that. They are gonna go far. Long live KsE!

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