Missed Reviews: Killswitch Engage; Bullet For My Valentine; Ghost Brigade; Toxic Holocaust; Skeletonwitch; Cradle of Filth
Posted by Reggie
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.
Tags: Bullet for my Valentine, Chemistry of Consciousness, Cradle of Filth, Disarm the Descent, Ghost Brigade, killswitch engage, metal, Serpents Unleashed, Skeletonwitch, Temper Temper, The Manticore and Other Horrors, Thrash, Toxic Holocaust, Until Fear No Longer Defines Us
Posted by RiffRaff
Until Fear No Longer Defines Us is an album I’ve been meaning to write about for a while, but my ‘ADD’ always seemed to hinder it’s progress. It’s really a great album. Since I’m not familiar with any of Ghost Brigade’s previous work I can’t call any comparisons from this to any of their earlier albums (something that is now being rectified). Anywho, I really enjoy this record a lot. Between the somber acoustic songs, to groove metal, to the crushing post-metal anthems there is a lot of varied music to absorb throughout this L.P. Beyond the great music, Until Fear… boasts some excellent lyric writing with some profoundly deep and interesting words that match wonderfully with the music that they are accompanying. If you’re a fan of bands like Alice in Chains, Isis, Paradise Lost, and Neurosis definitely give this record a listen, I’m sure you will love it. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Also check out the amazing video for the song “Clawmaster”. One of my all time favorite music videos.