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Killswitch Engage Announce Mixer of New Album

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Killswitch Engage’s new album is an important one for the band. Even their most staunch supporters felt like things were starting to get creatively stale with 2009’s self-titled album. Furthermore, the album will mark a reunion with original vocalist Jesse Leach, who, in a very odd way, has some big shoes to fill, seeing as the band actually became far more famous with his replacement, Howard Jones.

So I consider this a good sign: the album will be mixed by the legendary Andy Sneap. Sneap previously mixed the band’s breakthrough (and, I think most of us can agree, best) releases, Alive or Just Breathing and The End of Heartache, but didn’t work on the band’s subsequent albums, which guitarist/producer Adam Dutkiewicz mixed himself. Dutkiewicz also mixed Times of Grace’s debut, The Hymn of a Broken Man, which I thought was a good album marred by a sound that was ultimately too-glossy. I know that Adam D. was never exactly Kurt Ballou, but those two classic KsE albums do sound a helluva lot more raw than anything they’ve made since. I’m hoping Sneap’s involvement means they’re attempting to make a return to that kind of sound, even as, fingers crossed, they attempt to expand their horizons in the songwriting department.

The album should be out early next year on Roadrunner.

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