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Missed Reviews: Killswitch Engage; Bullet For My Valentine; Ghost Brigade; Toxic Holocaust; Skeletonwitch; Cradle of Filth

If I had it my way I would by every album I want with the money that grows on this tree outside.  But, since the world doesn’t work like that some potential album purchases get pushed to the wayside until a time arises when the wallet fairy says it’s time to buy.  In some cases, like with Ghost Brigade, I never knew they existed.  So, thanks to people like you, readers, fellow bloggers, and my Metal State cohorts, I get introduced to all kinds of bands, hence Ghost Brigade.  This segment is something I never did before, but I thought it would be cool to catch up on a few things I never got around to or freshly introduced to.  If you are like me, I hope you find something you like.  Enjoy!

Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent (2013)

Killswitch Engage is a band that was never really on my radar, but I could count on them for some pretty cool songs off each album; not to mention one cover I am really fond of.  In fact, by the time I heard of the band I didn’t even realize they were on a second vocalist in Howard Jones.  So, when I heard Jesse Leach was returning to the band I barely noticed there was ever much of a difference from the old to the most recent of their albums at the time.  When news of the latest album broke, I figured I would get around to it…well, that time is now.

I have to say my generalized opinion has changed a bit from my previous position.  I rather enjoy the new work.  I still only hear barely a difference in vocal style from Jones back to Leach, but music I find more attractive than past endeavors from Killswitch camp.  I felt most of their songs were a bit choppy whereas the Disarm the Descent has a smoother cadence and flow. Overall, a little bummed I didn’t grab it upon release, but I am happy to have it now and have given it several pleasurable spins.

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Video of the Week – Frost on Her Pillow

I have been thinking about videos lately; basically noticing how some bands try with their videos while others seem to care less.  Maybe it’s a budget thing.  Rammstein always has good videos; most bands are hit or miss.  Pearl Jam had a gem of a video with Jeremy and I liked Slayer’s Eyes of the Insane even thought it doesn’t feature the band at all.  Cradle of Filth has some consistency with their videos.  This is a band that adds a little meaning to their songs with some sort of visual concept.  The Video of the Week this chilly Friday is for their new song off their new album The Manticore and Other Horrors.  Personally, my favorite album from them is still Midian, but I like the new one…seems a bit more of the older style with still some “softer” elements the band has introduced over the years.  Review to follow in due time.  For now here is their new video for Frost on Her Pillow and also a bonus video of theirs called Scorched Earth Erotica.  Have a great weekend.