It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this winter and more are getting announced each week! Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!
John Nolan, Geoff Rickly [05/10-05/18]
You, Me & Everyone We Know, Squid The Whale [05/10-06/06]
Cartel, State Champs [05/11-05/16]
Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Miss May I [05/30-07/08]
Cute Is What We Aim For, The Dangerous Summer [06/06-06/20]
Mixtapes, You Blew It!, Light Years [06/27-07/21]
City And Colour [09/14-11/08]
All Time Low, Green Day [05/29-07/04]
Jonny Craig [07/11-07/31]
Story Of The Year, The Swellers [08/16-08/17]
Previously Announced Tours:
Bring Me The Horizon’s Sempiternal leaked two months early, but it still managed to sell 30,000 records and debut on the top 15 in the Billboard charts. Killswitch Engage and Alkaline Trio also had monster debut weeks in the top 25. Check out the top 25 Billboard spots this week below by clicking “Read More.”
What a divisive word in the world of music. To some, it is an insult of the highest degree, relegating the accused band to a passionless machine devoid of creativity or innovation. To others, the opposite is true. Much like New Coke bombed in the 80s by changing a beloved formula, certain fans take comfort in a tried-and-true recipe from their favorite bands. These bands have found a formula that works and sounds great, so they should keep that momentum until it fizzles and avoid trying to reinvent themselves just for the sake of something novel. Being in neither camp, I’m objective about this particular debate. So let’s see how this relates directly to the subject at hand, the new Killswitch Engage release, Disarm the Descent.
Let me first say that, regardless of how you feel about the aforementioned “f word,” you will immediately notice that this album continues the trademark sound that has made Killswitch Engage one of the leaders in the current metalcore movement. Checklist: a) the vocals are screamed in the verses, sung in the chorus, and simultaneously screamed/sung during interludes and breakdowns; b) palm-muted rhythm guitar riffs with catchy lead picking parts; c) quick, not-overly-complex guitar solos; d) drums that are much more on the “core” side of metalcore than the “metal” side. You get the idea.
That said, this album fucking rocks. I dare you to turn on the album’s first track, “The Hell in Me,” and not immediately nod your head and air guitar along. Killswitch brings a songwriting prowess, instrumental expertise, intensity, and production value (Adam D, of course) that so many imitators will never come close to reaching. This is the first album since 2002’s Alive or Just Breathing to feature vocalist Jesse David Leach, with previous vocalist Howard Jones leaving the band amicably last year. As a matter of personal taste, this change is neither an upgrade nor downgrade; however, I do see the return of Leach have revitalizing potential for a band that has been steadily recording and producing for over a decade.
I saw Killswitch live in Portland a few months back with Leach manning the vocals, and the exuberance and energy of that show were through the roof, especially from Leach. Basically, these five guys looked thrilled to be touring and performing together, translating to a manic performance not soon to be forgotten.