It’s been three years since As Daylight Dies was released (the longest time spent between Killswitch Engage albums), and while it wasn’t as polished as The End Of Heartache or Alive Or Just Breathing, it’s been played as relentlessly as their other cd’s. I know a lot of people are looking at the name of the album and going, “but we already have one self-titled KSE.” The first one was more of an EP as it has songs which were later re-recorded, and I’m glad they were because while it may not have been a bad one, it didn’t sound great. The band hired rock producer Brendan O’Brien (Mastodon, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine, etc.) to produce the album with Adam Dutkiewicz taking the co-producer’s chair for a change. I read that it was uncomfortable working in a studio in Atlanta instead of Massachusetts. The results pretty much speak for themselves. All I can tell you is if you haven’t heard it yet, in most places it’s pretty heavy, there’s definitely a lot of melody, but the lyrics are also a little darker this time. It still sounds like Killswitch Engage. Anybody that disliked As Daylight Dies probably will be disappointed. If you can’t decide which version to get, shell out a few extra dollars for the special edition. The four bonus tracks make it worth buying. The bonus dvd is kinda funny to watch, it’s basically 30 minutes of behind the scenes and interviews. Some “making of” studio footage would have been cool though, maybe even some live footage. Check it out.