Incarnation literally means embodied in flesh or taking on flesh. It refers to the conception and birth of a sentient being who is the material manifestation of an entity, god or force whose original nature is immaterial – thanks Wikipedia!
So, Killswitch Engage are back at it again with another powerhouse album! 3 years following their previous album, Disarm The Decent, they come back, harder and heavier than ever. It seems quite difficult for them to ever disappoint or deliver under expectation. Their live performance is a definite testament to going far beyond any expectation.
Incarnate is their second album with original vocalist, Jesse Leach, after returning to the band when heavyweight, Howard Jones left the band (also known as Howie Jones). And I must say, that after seeing them perform live with Jesse, compared to what I have heard and seen on YouTube with Howie, their follow-up album to Disarm The Decent is going to be as rigid and rocking as any of their previous material with Howie and older songs when Jesse was first in the band (1999 – 2002). This is to not say that Howie was bad, he just rounded Killswitch’s sound, bringing operatic notes of brilliance. Although, remember music is subjective, and some prefer Howie, some prefer Jesse. In my case, I am a Jesse fan.
Onto the album, Incarnate is packed with 15 hard hitters, getting your blood boiling within the first minute. In true classic Killswitch style, the album is heavily driven by strong guitars and drums that encapsulate riffage, power drums, phrasing, screaming solos and harmonic lead fills; Couple that with Jesse Leach’s growling screams and anthemic hook lines, this Killswitch Engage album is sure to keep you bopping your head the whole way through.
My favourite track on the album, is “Hate by Design” which they have a music video for as well. Check it out below:
All in all, I give this album a sharp 8 out 10 hooks!
They are also kicking off a tour around the United States of America with another two of my favourites: Memphis May Fire and 36 Crazyfists.
Contributor: JP Sing