Label: Roadrunner Records - RRCY-21170 • Format: CD Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Hardcore, Heavy Metal
It was released on May 21,through Roadrunner Records. Produced by drummer and guitarist Adam Dutkiewiczthis was the band's first album on a major label, which prompted them to write and record the album to the best of their abilities. Shortly after the release of Alive or Just BreathingLeach left the band for personal and health issues. The band got its recording deal as a favor for the artwork bassist Mike D'Antonio created for Ferret.
The label's CEO, Carl Severson signed the band without a contract simply to get the album out to the public because he thought the album "ruled", and stated "I had a one-off deal and when I knew they wanted to go someplace bigger, I figured it was in my best interest, as their friend, to make the best thing happen for them. Gitter played the album for other Roadrunner employees and stated "The feeling was this was something that touched upon classic metal, pulls it up through hardcore, and creates something fairly new and completely exciting.
When their music started circulating around the office, there was an immediate 'Holy People weren't halfway about it. The band was Elijah - Animal Logic - Animal Logic Vide Infra - Killswitch Engage - Alive Or Just Breathing first, judging by the artist roster of Roadrunner at the time, but after nearly six months of deliberation, Killswitch Engage signed to Roadrunner due to the opportunities it provided for them.
After signing, the band began work on their major label debut, which would become Alive or Just Breathing. After giving the demo to Roadrunner, the label agreed to let Dutkiewicz produce Alive or Just Breathing because they were impressed with his Where Are The Dolphins - Various - Ibiza Sunset - Audio Visual Adventure (DVD) skills.
As Killswitch Engage started writing for Alive or Just Breathingthen-guitarist Pete Cortesewho co-wrote "Fixation on the Darkness", left the band to spend more with his family. Taking into account that this would be the band's first album on a major label, Killswitch Engage was adamant on making the best album that they could.
This required Dutkiewicz to spend more time in the studio producing and writing songs as a whole, rather than just a collection of guitar riffs put together.
Stroetzel said this was helpful, as it reduced stress, but regretted that they were not able to get more done in one session. They spent a large amount of the recording budget buying new guitars to improve the tuning.
Since the recording of Alive or Just Breathingthey have learned how to keep in tune better as they record. Jesse Leach had troubles gaining confidence as he was recording his vocals, but was determined to make them a "masterpiece". We're taking our time, dissecting things. It's made me push myself to my limits — getting a lot more passion and deliver out of what I'm doing.
Mike Gitter was reluctant to hear of this when Killswitch Engage turned the record into Roadrunner, but was ultimately pleased with the results.
Three of the songs were re-recordings of songs from the band's debut album. Stroetzel stated that the band decided to re-record "Temple From the Vide Infra - Killswitch Engage - Alive Or Just Breathing , "Vide Infra", and "In the Unblind" because at the time, Killswitch Engage was unsure of how many people would ever hear Killswitch Engage because it was released through a small label.
Dutkiewicz brought the album to the UK and oversaw the mixing process. The band chose Sneap after hearing good things about his work.
The band and label were both very pleased with the mix, and Dutkiewicz in particular noted his satisfaction with the drum tones. Mike D'Antonio owns a graphic design company called Darkicon Designs and has made album covers and various other pieces of art T-shirts, posters, logos, etc.
Something with texture that appeared like it was just laid down and photographed. I remember Roadrunner hating the cover, saying there was too much going on and nothing to focus on. I told them I did not agree, and that some day they would get it.
Alive or Just Breathing was released on May 21, Upon the release of the album, Killswitch Engage embarked on their first nationwide tour, supporting Soilwork and Hypocrisy and would tour for the next year in support of Alive or Just Breathing. Missing his wife whom he had married two weeks prior to the tour, Jesse Leach left Killswitch Engage in the middle of their first national tour.
With a combination of depression, missing his wife, and throat problems, Leach sent D'Antonio an email just a few days before the band was scheduled to play a show, announcing his departure.
D'Antonio stated in an interview that "after three years of hanging out with the dude, and considering him a brother, to just get an email was Vide Infra - Killswitch Engage - Alive Or Just Breathing little bit harsh. Jones very quickly had to learn a set of songs to tour with the band. After the touring process for the album was over, Tom Gomes left the band and was replaced by Justin Foley.
Inas part of Roadrunner's 25th anniversary, the label re-released Alive or Just Breathing as a special edition. The re-release included a bonus enhanced cd with all of the songs left over from the album's recording sessions, as well as a re-recorded version of "Fixation on the Darkness", featuring Jones on lead vocals, a track of studio outtakes and music videos for "My Last Serenade", "Fixation on the Darkness", and "Life to Lifeless".
The special edition also included expanded artwork and a biography documenting the recording and release of the album. Critical reception of Alive or Just Breathing was generally positive. Erik Thomas from Metalreview. Taylor of AllMusic stated "This is a pure metal album that seemingly has ignored any fashionable trend and instead Mother Dawn (Transritual Mix) - Blue Pearl - Mother Dawn solely on skill and expertise to sculpt some of meatiest heavy metal since the glory days of Metallica and Slayer.
He praised the album's unique new sound, music, and vocal performances from Leach. Starting with the track 'Numbered Days,' this track platter never takes its foot off of the throttle. Reviewing the re-release of the album, Scott Alisoglu of Blabbermouth.
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