Dutch symphonic rockers Within Temptation have unveiled tons of details about their upcoming sixth studio album Hydra, which will be released in early 2014 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album will feature guest appearances from ex-Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones, ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen, rapper Xzibit, and Soul Asylum singer Dave Pirner.
Asked to describe Xzibit’s performance on the song “And We Run”, guitarist Robert Westerholt states, “Xzibit is amazing. This song is about how you’ve got to live your life now. He’s rapping at full force on this song. It’s really heavy.” Singer Sharon den Adel adds, “Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we’ve never had before! It’s a new cross-over and we love it!”
Sharon comments on the appearance by Turunen, saying, “The way she delivers those high melody lines left us all speechless. We had a great time, and the fans responded beyond our expectations.”
Den Adel adds more about Jones’s appearance on “Dangerous”: “I always loved Howard’s voice. He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we’ve ever written. It has the most bass drums we’ve ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It’s not a typical synthesizer, though – it’s distorted like a guitar, and it’s very aggressive.”
“Whole World Is Watching” features Soul Asylum’s singer Dave Pirner. The band comments, “When we wrote ‘Whole World Is Watching,’ Dave was at the very top of our list. He has such a captivating voice: it made the song exactly how it needed to be.”
Head on below for a teaser trailer, track list, and edition information. READ MORE
A demo version of metalcore band Killswitch Engage‘s song entitled “No End In Sight” has leaked onto the internet, resulting in the band performing the track live. It is the first track to feature original KSE vocalist Jesse Leach on front vocals since he left the band after the release of 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing (he did guest vocals on two tracks on 2004′s The End Of Heartache). The track is a rough demo and, according to Adam Dutkiewicz in an interview with Guitar World, “It’s actually the one tune that’s pretty different from the other stuff. Overall the rest of the album is a little faster, a little meaner, a little growlier — thrashy but with lots of clean parts. We’re going a little more extreme this time.” You can hear “No End In Sight” below.
The band is currently in the studio mixing their upcoming album with producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Nevermore). The as-of-yet untitled album will be released sometime in early 2013 via Roadrunner Records.
Killswitch Engage will be performing Alive Or Just Breathing in its entirety on tour in a few weeks. Support will come from Shadows Fall and Acaro. Check here for all tour dates. READ MORE
A few days ago there was a rumor
circulating the Internet that former Killswitch Engage
singer Jesse Leach had rejoined the band. Well, today comes the confirmation that this is, in fact, completely true! Leach went through the same audition process that countless other singers went in for and was chosen by the band to fill in the spot left vacant by Howard Jones.
Below are statements from the band as well as Jesse Leach.
The official Killswitch Engage website
has been updated with only two links (merch and tour dates) and a new splash image (above) that features the band, along with former (and possibly returning) singer Jesse Leach. A picture is worth 1,000 words, so while nothing has been confirmed by the band or label, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Leach is back in the lead vocalist spot.
Alright readers, is that what you expected? How do you feel about this?
And here comes the first shocking news of 2012: Killswitch Engage and their vocalist, Howard Jones, have parted ways. From the sound of the official statement (which you can read below), it looks like the band decided to end things with Howard, but won’t say why (let the rumors fly!). The band also hints at the prospect of a new record “…in the not too distant future.” Fingers crossed, eh? READ MORE