In 17 years, the locally hatched Killswitch Engage has built an international career and earned two Grammy nominations in the process. The band was buoyed by the return of original vocalist Jesse Leach for 2013’s “Disarm the Descent,” but after a couple of years of touring he’s more fully integrated here. Leach pens many lyrics with a positive edge (”just keep telling yourself it’s going to be all right,” he exclaims in “Strength of the Mind”), but also flaunts a pent-up fury in the the blazingly fast “The Great Deceit.” It all sounds compellingly real; guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz adds brain-splitting riffs, and the rhythm section of Mike D’Antonio and Justin Foley locks it down hard. Leach unveils larynx-shredding yelps on “Alone I Stand” (which seems to borrow a bit from Godsmack’s “I Stand Alone”), but the group adds cleaner vocals on some tracks, which should expand its audience. Even on its seventh album, Killswitch still brings the passion.
Essential “The Great Deceit”
Killswitch Engage headlines the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at the Palladium, Worcester, April 16.
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