“Incarnate” – Killswitch Engage [Official Full Album Stream + Zumic Review]

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Released: March 11th, 2016

Killswitch Engage have released their seventh studio album, Incarnate, via Roadrunner Records. Fill your ears with KSE’s progressive metal / metalcore sound by clicking the play button above.

The 15-track, 53-minute LP features band members Jesse Leach (lead vocals), Adam Dutkiewicz (guitar, backing vocals), Joel Stroetzel (guitar, backing vocals), Mike D’Antonio (bass), and Justin Foley (drums). Dutkiewicz served as the producer.

This is the second album with original band member Jesse Leach back in the band. He was the vocalist from 1999-2002 and returned in 2012. In an interview with Blabbermouth, he spoke about the inspiration behind the lyrics on Incarnate:

I wanted to be able to speak on current events — stuff that is relevant to us today, stuff that’s in the headlines — but I wanted to do it in such a way where it’s ambiguous enough where people can sort of draw their own conclusion. I just wanted to strike people to think. So that’s one aspect of it. And the other aspect of it is speaking about my truths, like what I think. And I’d sort of separated myself from all that stuff — social media and the news and all the violence and racism that’s going on in our media these days; I just couldn’t deal with it. So in order for me to make a valid point that said something, I had to submerge myself into that stuff and really start paying attention to what’s going on. And songs like “Hate By Design,” “Alone I Stand,” “The Great Deceit” came out of those processes in writing. And the other side of it was the spiritual realm, the soul-searching stuff. I really had to re-evaluate myself, as far as where I am in my own mind, so I had to seclude myself. So it was a balance between submerging myself in all the terrible things that are going on and then distancing myself and finding solace and really doing some soul searching on my own, and both of those things happened while writing this record.

Incarnate is an aggressive album full of distortion drenched guitar riffs, earth-shaking drums, and attention grabbing vocals. Only one song breaks the five minute mark, but the band cover a lot of ground. The album isn’t an easy listen, at nearly an hour long and full of aggressive head banging jams, but it should keep fans engaged.

Songs we recommend are “Cut Me Loose,” “Hate By Design,” “Strength Of The Mind,” “Alone I Stand,” “Embrace The Journey…Upraised,” “Quiet Distress,” “The Great Deceit,” “Ascension,” and “Reignite.”

Incarnate is currently available on Amazon. You can also stream the full album above, via Spotify.

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Killswitch Engage Incarnate album cover art