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Alive or Just Breathing

Killswitch Engage Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
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1. Numbered Days
2. Self Revolution
3. Fixation On The Darkness
4. My Last Serenade
5. Life To Lifeless
6. Just Barely Breathing
7. To The Sons Of Man
8. Temple From The Within
9. The Element Of One
10. Vide Infra
11. Without A Name
12. Rise Inside

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Well-established metal label Roadrunner might be best known in recent years for unleashing fiercely modern metal behemoths like Slipknot upon the modern rock consciousness, but Alive or Just Breathing, the second album from Killswitch Engage, finds the company reaffirming its vows to the spirit of extreme thrash that it was founded in. In truth, Alive or Just Breathing is not a pure thrash metal statement--this Massachusetts five-piece have the modern rock nous to add hefty slabs of accessible stadium rock to their frantic assault.

Mind you, that's certainly a good thing: "Numbered Days" might rock awful hard, but it still has time to squeeze in a memorable chorus (albeit, one about the disintegration of civilisation as we know it). Frontman Jesse David Leach's excellent vocals are strongly influenced by religion, philosophy and mythology: the likes of "Temple from the Within" and "Self Revolution" find him wrestling with an ideology that falls somewhere between the serene meditative state of Buddhism and a brooding sense of Nietzschean self-belief. The closing "Rise Inside" even holds a positive message behind its brutal hardcore exterior, Leach shrieking "I believe love will overcome" as the album grinds to a rocky end. This is a quality example of metal done the old way. --Louis Pattison

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Metalcore and most of all Very catchy.!!! Sept. 5 2004
By Devin
Format:Audio CD
This band is so good they cannot be put into words.... Just listen for yourself. I do not already have this cd but as soon as i go to the music place im going to get it. I have heard half the songs on this cd and they are outstanding. The talent is just almost to good.One of the standout tracks on this cd id have to say would be "just barely breathing"... i suggest u get this unforgetable, spine tingling cd... its just so good ur heart might stop....these guys along with poison the well are proly my two favourite hardcore bands... if u dont have this cd, buy it right now! It's worth every last penny and even the gas money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
this album is great. it isn't too heavy, it isn't too soft. it's the right blend of everything beautiful that metal itself has to offer. this album fades away from typical metal into what is know as metalcore. the vocals are pretty intense but at times he sings rather that shout and it is very dramatically brought about, in a good way. i am more of a lyrics person; the lyrics of this album were great, fairly intense with meaning. unlike some bands whose lyrics are intense with little to no meaning. overall the album has a very in your face thrill with some of that rememberance moments. there are portions of songs where it slows down into that power ballad vocals, and those are the moments where it gets very intense and deep. overall, this album is gorgeous. i personally recommend "my last serenade" and "barely breathing." buy it, no questions asked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars memorable, powerful, engaging July 13 2004
By Stinger
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best metal efforts in recent years and certainly Killswitch Engage's best. I first heard of KsE on a RoadRunner compilation that were given out at other group's shows; the song was Life to Lifeless, an undeniably catchy song with a truly pumping pre-chorus and soaring chorus.
This album is arranged perfectly, flowing from peak to peak. It opens with a throaty yell of "The time approaches!" on "Numbered Days" and from that moment, you know you're in for one terrifically turbulent experience. It's become basically standard nowadays to yell and thrash the verses away and then break into clean sustained melodic choruses, but few bands can do this formula correctly because it requires 1) verses that really kick and get your blood pumping and 2) genuinely inspiring and addictive choruses that allow for cathartic release. Well, KsE *can definitely* do it. I'd mention highlights, but practically every song is a highlight, including the cool-down clean tone "Without a Name" which perfectly precedes the forceful exit "Rise Inside". "My Last Serenade" and "The Element of One" were the songs I instantly became addicted to. My absolute favorite is "Just Barely Breathing", which I consider one of the most powerful songs, lyrically and sonically, I've heard in a few years.
This album is certainly a must-have. You will not regret buying it and will find yourself randomly singing pieces of it for a long time to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing modern extreme metal... June 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
I got this the day it was release and pretty much still listing to from day to day. Every track here hits you with a nice breath of fresh air and it realy sounds much better then garbage like lamb of god --They suck! The best tracks here are
3.fixation of darkness
4.life to lifelss
6.just barely breathing
10.vide infra
those are the highlights of the whole album!
Great production,lirycs,sound & album cover so just pruchase it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars and they thought slipknot was metal... June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
this album is amazing, insane, and straight up intense. from the first track to the last, you get beat, punched, pounded, kicked, smacked, and blistered with intense metal quality. metalcore, or what not, this album is crazy. the sounds are just intense, lots of high energy riffs, lots of high energy tunes. the melodies come beautiful and at the right time. every track gives you something different with something familiar. you cannot complain. ok, so why the 4 instead of the 5? well, i found some of the slow parts to be a bit TOO cheesy. to me, it was an unfamiliar blend of extremely heavy blanded with some harsh mellow melodies. it just did not come together for me. i think they could have done without the slowing down and melodies. like the song "just barely breathing", when he stops the shouting and the guitars and drums slow down, it just seems to...it just doesn't fit right for me. it was too sudden a stop and too abrupt. but nevertheless, this album is intense, and insanely difficult for mediocre metalheads. you have to love metal, and breath metal to like this album, and i approve of this album. with that said, i would recommend you to just buy it, the parts that bothered me did not murk me enough to NOT buy this album, or NOT listen to it. after five or six rotations, you grow over it, and grow to love it.
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Format:Audio CD
This cd rocks @$$. Even the worst songs on here are very good. This is very good metalcore. Anyone who likes In Flames , Lamb of God , etc. should check this band out. (And should like it but o well there are some weird ones in the bunch). The strongest tracks are 1-6 but the rest are good as well. My favorite songs are: My Last Serenade , Fixiation on the Darkness , Numbered Days , and Just Barely Breathing. Any fan of metal should see this band out!
Thats my 2 cents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Band Has Reached Perfection!
This is definetly one cd that is mandatory for any metal fan to own. Every song is great with most of them being fantastic. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Smithy1185
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for the ages!
This record is absolutely FLAWLESS! The only other words to describe this albums is perfect in every way! Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Killian Monson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
An awesome combination of thrash metal and hardcore. The guitar riffs, the drumming, and Jesse David Leech's vocals are really awesome. Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by Jeremy Brackeen
5.0 out of 5 stars friggin brutal
I had seen the video for "My Last Serenade" on Uranium in 2002 and was amazed. At first I thought it was Hatebreed Junior but then the melody of the chorus kicked in and... Read more
Published on May 30 2004 by L. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely all its hyped up to be
This is "the" album to own. Every track is excellent, everything about it is great, EVERYTHING. There is just nothing more to say, I'm lost for words. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by "demon_eyes_kyo"
5.0 out of 5 stars ALIVE OR JUST WRITING
After hearing the explosive, (...) headbanging track off of the Freddy Vs Jason soundtrack, "When Darkness Falls", i was instantly hooked the to this great band, Killswitch Engage. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by thejmyster
5.0 out of 5 stars Killswitch Engage at their best
I got this cd about 2 months ago and it hasnt left my cd player since. The hard as hell verses and epic chorus for each song (in exception for about 3) the album is a heavy metal... Read more
Published on May 12 2004
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