Sound — 10
Killswitch Engage's 2009 album (Killswitch Engage 2009) really brings out the talent in the bands guitar, and percussion sound. I have to say, this has to be one of the best sounding albums that KsE has come out with. The reason I say that is that the guitar is a bit more complicated than the earlier albums, and the drums sound so much more original than they did before. They also added a little "Boom" to the album with how much bass there is compared to the two recent albums. I personally like the alive or just breathing album because of the bass boost it has in it. The Guitars have really stepped it up and put a little bit more time into the new album. The solo in the first track "Never Again" Is amazing! I have to admit, it would take time and alot of talent to make a solo like that. They also show alot of guitar talent in the songs "Take me Away", and "Save Me". The Vocals in KsE's 2009 album are ALOT better compared to Howard Jones' first two albums with Killswitch. It has perfect and complicated timing. For me I like the vocals in the following songs "The Reckoning" And "Save me"
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics and the singing style of the band have not changed alot. But thats not a bad thing at all. I've always liked how Killswitch make their songs lyrically. If anything, the band will always have their lyrics. Howard Jones' is a wonderful singer/songwriter. I would have to say that he is up among one of the best metalcore singers. He has amazing talent, and the way he sings is not very distinct, it is very different among all the other metalcore bands.
Overall Impression — 10
I really can not compare Killswitch Engage to any other metalcore/hard rock bands. They are so original and I can't really relate any band at all with them. Some of the most impressive songs on the album are "Never Again", "The Forgotten", "Take Me Away", and "The Reckoning". But Personally, I think everyone who likes KsE will love every single song on here. If I had to, I would totally buy it again, and I recommend listening to some of KsE's Earlier work before anyone listens to this, It really blows me away, and I am really impressed of how much they have improved. Keep up the good work KsE!