From the groovy opening riff pummeling the listener’s eardrums, it is clear that the fire in the bellies of these Westfield, Massachusetts metallers has been fully rekindled since the return of original lead vocalist, Jesse Leach.
“In Due Time” is the first single coming from Killswitch Engage’s forthcoming sixth full-length release, Disarm the Descent, which is the first to feature Leach since 2002’s Alive or Just Breathing. If this song is any form of a preview to the overall new album, it’s looking pretty good and heavy for long-time Killswitch fans. The new single is not only refreshing because it’s new KsE, but also because it sounds more like Killswitch Engage than Killswitch Engage did on 2009’s Killswitch Engage, their second self-titled release. Now, that seems pretty ironic, but if you’ve ever heard that record, you would understand. That CD sounded like the band just didn’t care anymore. They seemed to be turning into DevilDriver, simply moving through the motions and mindlessly appeasing their record contracts. However, once the band’s at-the-time frontman, Howard Jones, left the picture and Jesse Leach returned, things were definitely looking up.
After listening to “In Due Time” several times, it definitely seems as though the band is back on the right track. Judging by this one song, it seems like fans should expect Disarm the Descent to be some sort of combination between Alive and 2004’s The End of Heartache, arguably the band’s best two albums. Despite the difference in vocalists (The End of Heartache was the first KsE album with Howard Jones), the overall sound of the music on both CDs is comparable in heaviness, energy, and evident passion from all parts of the band. All of those elements seem to have resurfaced nine years later in this brand new single.
Disarm the Descent will be released on April 2, 2013 [in North America] via Roadrunner Records.