At The Paramount
All Photos By Danielle Volpe/DEV Photography
At The Paramount
All Photos By Danielle Volpe/DEV Photography
Heavy music. We don’t just love it, we breathe and live it. And we want you to drink in every album that made the list of our favourite albums of 2016. Heading to the business end, to find out even more of the very best of the very best of this years’ heavy music, read on…Continue reading
As part of their promotion of their new album Incarnate (Roadrunner) Killswitch Engage launched five sold out shows through out New York and Brooklyn. We attended night number two of the Incarnate Takeover of NYC.
With a revolving list of special guest openers for this mini tour, we were treated to New York heavy weights Candiria. Vocalist Carly Coma and company went with a set mainly compromised from their last two albums ‘C.O.M.A. Imprint’ and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You…’. The crowd didn’t seem to mind one bit as they slammed and bashed along to the odd-timing grooves of drummer Ken Schalk. They even tossed in a new song from their forthcoming new album from Metal Blade Records, to let the world know they’re not done yet.
When Killswitch Engage followed up, the crowd was already rabid. It felt like an old-school metal show, full of stage driving and sing a longs. I mean A LOT of stage diving! Even from frontman Jessie Leach who took it a step further and after diving into the crowd, kept singing and made his was up to the balcony to his mom. He later shouted her out for coming out. What a great wireless system, and Mother. No one got hurt and had a great time from what I saw as I moshed my way about the photo pit-less venue. I went through great lengths to get these photos, and my camera and I both survived in one piece. (Well two if wanna be technical). As promised they played a new song from the album each night and tonight’s’ was ‘Alone I Stand’ and as a bonus, ‘Hate by Design’.
The amount of fans on stage at any one point was staggering to keep up with. BAND Drinks were drunk and Adam D. snatched phones and took pics and videos of himself on fans phones. Even a few awkward selfies were taken too. Set list wise, they covered just about every album except the self-titled one. Still, a really solid set of songs covering over 16 years of fun-loving KSE hijinks. I believe this set the bar for the rest of the shows to follow on this tour. No one throws down like New York crowd.
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Massachusetts metalcore legends, Killswitch Engage, are back with another solid release, Incarnate (Roadrunner). This is the second album released since Howard Jones left the group and original singer, Jesse Leach, stepped back into his vocal duties. While I will avoid the Jones vs. Leach debate, I will say that this work may be the most mature work from Leach-fronted Killswitch. The Westfield, MA natives continue to tinker with their sound to make the heavy, heavier and the melodic, more emotional and memorable, but do not stray too far away from what they know works. In no way would I call this an experimental album, but neither is it a safe one.
Incarnate is one of those albums that gets stronger the farther down you go. While some of the opening tracks are good songs, the second half of the album avoids the “more of the same” sentiments that I am sure many metalcore deserters would use. ‘Embrace the Journey…Upraised’ kicks off the second half of the album which showcases the Killswitch sound the best. Thunderous verse riffs with harsh vocals that lead into a hardcore pre-chorus followed by an uplifting, memorable chorus. The bridge/breakdown builds off of the pre-chorus parts to bring the track together. ‘It Falls on Me’ is one of the tracks that broke the mold a bit and borrowed some post-metal influences (The Ocean certainly came to mind, specifically the Pelagial album). The bridge of the track brings some of the ever emotional, yet catchy tremolo guitar work with a nice delay effect to create a spacey feel. The outro of the song reminds the listening that this is Killswitch Engage with a breakdown and harsh vocals to complete a very Jekyll and Hyde track. ‘We Carry On’ might be the best track written by the band since The End of Heartache era. This track brings together all of the elements present on Incarnate and then blend them together into one epic ballad. Heavy guitar riffs, catchy melodies, uplifting lyrics with both harsh and clean vocals, plus a little more of the spacey guitar effects seen on ‘It Falls on Me’ are all eloquently mixed. The closer, ‘Ascension’, is a return to the norm and wraps up the record perfectly. This is certainly the most “hardcore” track on the album and leaves the listener with Jesse Leach shouting “This is fair warning…your time… will… come!”
With so much music coming out the past couple of years, and mostly on the extreme side, it is always nice to return to the middle of the spectrum. Killswitch Engage once again has pulled me back to my youth with this release. My hometown heroes came through and then some on Incarnate.
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Killswitch Engage are currently in the midst of a brief holiday tour with fellow Massachusetts metallers Unearth. They played Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel venue last night. Fan filmed video of live performances of their new single, ‘Strength of Mind’ and other hits can be viewed below. The band has named Incarnate as their new album, due this March from Roadrunner Records.
In a recent interview frontman Jesse Leach discussed the title and the state of the band:
“The definition of incarnate is ‘in the flesh.’ And this record is who we are right now. Whereas [2013’s] ‘Disarm The Descent’ was sort of my ‘comeback’ album, and was about us feeling out the new vibe. But now, after spending a few years traveling the world together, I think we’re all in a really comfortable place. We definitely have a strong sense of self as to who we are as a band.”
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