Disarm the Descent

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Disarm the Descent
Killswitch engage disarm the descent cover.jpg
Studio album by Killswitch Engage
Released April 2, 2013
Recorded 2012 at Wicked Good Studios and Zing Studios, Westfield, Massachusetts
Genre Metalcore
Length 40:40
Label Roadrunner
Producer Adam Dutkiewicz
Killswitch Engage chronology
Killswitch Engage
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Disarm the Descent
Singles from Disarm the Descent
  1. "In Due Time"
    Released: February 5, 2013
  2. "Always"
    Released: July 26, 2013

Disarm the Descent is the sixth studio album by American metalcore band Killswitch Engage. The album was released on April 2, 2013, under Roadrunner Records.[1] It is the band's first album with Jesse Leach on vocals since 2002's Alive or Just Breathing.[2] Killswitch Engage announced the return of Leach in January 2012, after vocalist Howard Jones parted ways with the group.[2] The album received generally positive reception from professional critics.

"In Due Time", the first single from the album, was nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 2014 Grammy Awards.[3]


Vocalist Jesse Leach stated about the album that "It is with a grateful spirit that we prepare for this record's release". "From the music, to the lyrics, to the artwork, we are all proud of what we have accomplished. To me, this is by far my best vocal performance, much thanks to Adam's guidance and faith in my abilities. I am very grateful to be where I am in life, back in an amazing band with a record we are all excited for the world to hear. Thanks to all the fans for their warm welcome back and their undying love for Killswitch Engage."[4]

The album was produced by Adam Dutkiewicz and mixed by Andy Sneap.[5] The album's artwork was created by bassist Mike D'Antonio and his graphic design company DarkicoN.[6]

Musical style[edit]

Jesse Leach stated in an interview with Loudwire that "the music is definitely the fastest Killswitch record ever, it’s very heavy but still maintains the signature Killswitch hooky, melodic stuff there too. There’s definitely melody attached but I pulled out some new styles vocally, yelling and screaming and growling and layers and it sounds massive".[7]

Drummer Justin Foley stated in a documentary, detailing the making of the album, that his drumming parts features more blast beats than the other previous albums.[citation needed]


The album's first single, "In Due Time", was digitally released on February 5, 2013, and was made available for streaming on the band's YouTube channel on January 30, 2013.[2][6] On February 27, 2013, the music video for "In Due Time" premiered on Rolling Stone's website.[8] On March 18, 2013, Killswitch Engage unveiled a second song from the album, titled "The New Awakening", on their YouTube channel.[9] On March 26, 2013, Killswitch Engage allowed the completed album to be streamed online for 48 hours.[10][11] A Special Edition version of the album, with alternate cover art, is also available digitally and on physical CD/DVD.[12][13] The DVD contains a thirty-minute documentary detailing the making of the album.[13]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[14]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[15]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[16]
Altsounds 9/10 stars
Blabbermouth 8.5/10 stars
Decibel 7/10 stars[17]
Exclaim! 8/10 stars[18]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[19]
Metal Storm 8/10 stars
PopMatters 8/10 stars[20]
Sputnik Music 3/5 stars[21]


Critical reception for the album was highly positive; aggregate review website Metacritic assigned an overall score of 79 out of 100, based on reviews from six professional critics.[14]

Gregory Heaney from Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars saying "In the time since Leach left the fold, Killswitch Engage have matured into a tighter, more refined band than they were for Alive or Just Breathing, and while Leach has certainly grown as a singer in the intervening years, the album doesn't quite recapture that sense of catharsis the band possessed back then."[16] Dean Brown from PopMatters gave the album a solid eight out of ten stars saying "Disarm the Descent is the bountiful fruit of the Killswitch’s rejuvenation, and proof that, in life and metal, there are second chances."[20]


The album sold 48,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week,[22] debuting at number 7 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 in both the Top Hard Rock Albums Chart and the Top Rock Albums Chart.[23][24][25] The album has sold 158,000 copies in the US as of February 2016.[26]

The album debuted at number 15 on the UK Albums Chart[27] and number 6 on the ARIA Chart. Its current UK sales stand at over 83,000.[28]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Hell in Me" 2:57
2. "Beyond the Flames" 2:53
3. "The New Awakening" 3:30
4. "In Due Time" 3:18
5. "A Tribute to the Fallen" 4:02
6. "The Turning Point" 3:12
7. "All That We Have" 3:20
8. "You Don't Bleed for Me" 3:20
9. "The Call" 2:50
10. "No End in Sight" 3:29
11. "Always" 4:33
12. "Time Will Not Remain" 3:13
Total length: 40:40


Killswitch Engage
Technical personnel
  • Produced by Adam Dutkiewicz
  • Engineered by Adam Dutkiewicz & Jim Fogarty
  • Mixed & mastered by Andy Sneap
  • Inspiration by Alysha «Girouard» McCooe
  • A&R by Dave Rath
  • Art direction, Layout & design by DarkicoN Design
  • Photo by Jeremy Saffer & DarkicoN Design
  • Band photo by Travis Shinn
  • Cover model: Brenna Daugherty
  • Make-Up, Model: Christine McCarron
  • Stylist, Wardrobe: by Lena Utin


Chart (2013) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[30] 6
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[31] 15
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[32] 63
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[33] 94
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[34] 6
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[35] 75
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[36] 8
French Albums (SNEP)[37] 133
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[38] 12
Irish Albums (IRMA)[39] 96
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[40] 55
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[41] 17
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[42] 25
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[43] 48
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[44] 23
UK Albums (OCC)[45] 15
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[46] 2
US Billboard 200[47] 7
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[48] 7
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[49] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[50] 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[51] 5


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