"Incarnate", the new album from Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, is featured in the latest episode of "Overkill Reviews", the weekly look at the latest metal releases from Canadian documentary filmmaker Sam Dunn of Banger Films.
The name "Overkill" comes from Dunn's campus radio show on University of Victoria radio station CFUV way back in the day. So Banger has resurrected it to bring you his take on fresh music every Friday via Banger Films' YouTube channel, Banger TV.
Born in England but raised in Victoria, the 41-year-old Dunn played in a couple of metal bands growing up — including SCRAPE CHAMBER and DEMENTIA — before moving east to attend Toronto's York University, where his interest in filmmaking blossomed.
Banger Films' documentaries include two on heavy metal, 2006's "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and 2008's "Global Metal", 2010's "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" and 2009's "Iron Maiden: Flight 666", as well as the TV documentary miniseries "Metal Evolution".
In a 2013 interview with Times Colonist, Dunn said about his passion for heavy metal: "Metal music serves many of the same things that people get out of a religious experience. It's about connecting with something that feels bigger and more powerful than yourself. If you've ever been at a metal festival, there's a sense of power, of community, of release, and those are similar things that people have found in religious experiences for a long, long time."
According to music industry web site Hits Daily Double, "Incarnate" is likely to sell between 27,000 and 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The SPS figure is expected to be between 28,000 and 33,000.
SPS, a practice used by Billboard magazine, stands for "sales plus streaming," which includes album sales and converted track sales plus converted streaming data.
For those interested: 10 tracks sold equal one album sale (since $1.29, the cost for an individual track, multiplied by ten gives you $12.99, a common price for an album, and 1,500 streams is equivalent to one album sale.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's fifth studio album, "Disarm The Descent", sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's self-titled LP opened with 58,000 units back in July 2009 to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart.
2006's "As Daylight Dies" premiered with just under 60,000 copies to land at No. 32.
"Disarm The Descent" was KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's first album with original singer Jesse Leach at the vocal helm since 2002's now-classic, genre-defining "Alive or Just Breathing". Leach returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE has just embarked on a North American headline tour. They are being joined by MEMPHIS MAY FIRE and 36 CRAZYFISTS for the trek. The tour runs until April 24 near Charleston, South Carolina.