Devil You Know: The Beauty Of Destruction

Former Killswitch frontman relights his fire

You can trust Louder Our experienced team has worked for some of the biggest brands in music. From testing headphones to reviewing albums, our experts aim to create reviews you can trust. Find out more about how we review.

With Jesse Leach's return to the fold, and Killswitch Engage's subsequent return to form, and the memory of his lacklustre final days in the band still lingering, it seems Howard Jones’s stock has taken quite a plummet recently. It should, however, be noted that this is a man who fronted KSE during their commercial and, some End Of Heartache fans would argue, critical high point.

So when the opening track, the aptly named A New Beginning, comes spewing out of your speakers on Howard’s first post-Killswitch project in a barrage of thrashing guitars and pure, screaming aggression from the man himself it’s hard to suppress a grin of the shit-eating variety.

For all of Howard’s apparent disinterest in the heavy stuff a few years back, any lingering fears that he would go soft are all but put to bed by the double-time stomp of the third track, Embracing The Torture.

In fairness, Devil You Know are hardly stretching the boundaries of metalcore here, but with a weapon in their arsenal like Howard’s patented roar turned soulful croon and the way the band utilise it in such fine style, expect The Beauty Of Destruction to right a few misplaced truths about one of modern metal’s best frontmen. He’s on his way back.

Stephen Hill

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.