Sound — 10
Before I even start, I have to say that this just might be my favorite album ever. Alive or Just Breathing really put Killswitch on the map, but this a gem that absolutely should not be missed. Also, for this review, I will be referring to the remastered edition. This is Killswitch's debut, and what a hell of a debut. It's packed with so much raw emotion and passion. Jesse Leach is such a great vocalist. The man can really do everything. He'll deliver haunting clean vocals one second, then a vicious scream the next, flawlessly. This is before they were watered down. Don't get me wrong, I think Alive or Just Breathing is incredible, but it was very formulaic. Don't expect many clean vocal choruses on this one.
Lyrics — 10
01. Temple From The Within - awesome opening track. This version is ten times better than the one remade on AOJB. It's an ode to spirituality. 02. Vide Infra - the best Killswitch song. So much emotion in this one. The last line at the end has to be heard to be believed. Jesse's delivery was spot on. 03. Irreversal - this a spiritual song. Acoustic bridge followed by an awesome ending. 04. Rusted Embrace - brutal song. Another song that doesn't get much praise. Great lyrics about how we basically have destroyed our own world. 05. Prelude - instrumental. 06. Soilborn - killer song. The ending to this song is one of my favorites. Incredible. 07. Numb Sickened Eyes - probably the weakest track here. That's not saying it's bad, it's just not up to par with the rest. 08. In The Unblind - uplifting song about being the person you want to be, don't be lead by others. 09. One Last Sunset - epic closing track. Makes you reflect on everything you've heard.
Overall Impression — 10
Everyone has albums that change their life, this is one of mine. It's a great listening experience, and even if you're not a big fan of the music, yo have to appreciate the passion. The only downside to the album is that it might be a little short. Quality over quantity, I'd say. I'd have no hesitation in buying it again if it were stolen.