Killswitch Engage at the Alrosa

From the December 6, 2012 edition

It’s been 10 years since Boston metalcore band Killswitch Engage released sophomore album Alive or Just Breathing, so they’re celebrating by playing the full record on tour. And wouldn’t you know it? This one’s a record worth celebrating.

In contrast to so much of this godforsaken genre, these guys wild out powerfully without sacrificing their dignity in the process. Screams, pained melodies and pinch harmonics are deployed skillfully, as building blocks rather than obligatory genre clichés. It’s a refreshing reminder of metalcore before MySpace and flatironed bangs.

Shadows Fall and Acaro round out Tuesday’s lineup at the Alrosa.