When it was announced that Killswitch Engage was parting ways with vocalist Howard Jones, there was a great sense of loss amongst the fans. However, there was also a feeling of anticipation and hope as many people were holding their breath and secretly wishing that original vocalist Jesse Leach would return. When those prayers were answered the anticipation for a new KsE album skyrocketed.
Enter Disarm The Descent, the first album with Jesse Leach since 2002’s seminal Alive Or Just Breathing. It’s been 11 years, so naturally some questions arise. Does Leach still have what it takes for KsE? Was his return the best choice? Is this even an album worth venturing into? Head on below for my thoughts! READ MORE
Metalcore band Killswitch Engage has announced a full string of US headlining tour dates. Support will come from As I Lay Dying, Miss May I, and Affiance. The tour kicks off in Oklahoma City and wraps up just over a month later in Joliet.
Vocalist Jesse Leach comments, “We look forward to sharing this tour with our old friends and brothers in metal As I Lay Dying. I personally have never had the chance to tour with them and I am looking forward to having such a quality band out with us to give this tour even more fire! We will also be joined by a talented and up-and-coming band Miss May I and a new band we’re all excited to see live called Affiance. Thanks to all the U.S. fans for your support! Our live show will be full-on energy with all of us ready to take this to a whole new level.”
Bassist Mike D. adds, “We are super excited to be back out with our good buds in As I Lay Dying! They are some of our favorite dudes to hang with on the road, so assumptions are high that utter chaos shall ensue. There will be so much metal riffage — you could build your own Carnival Cruse Ship. That’s right, ‘CHUGGA CHUGGA Paralysis’ is surely imminent.”
All tour dates can be found below. Also, make sure to check out our interview with drummer Justin Foley here. READ MORE
Tomorrow sees the release of Killswitch Engage’s Disarm The Descent, the band’s first new album in four years and the first to see the return of original singer Jesse Leach. In anticipation of this release, we caught up with drummer Justin Foley a few days ago and are excited to bring you our exclusive interview with him! Head on below to see his take on the new album, who he thinks will win March Madness, some of his favorite Simpson’s “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, and more!
You can pre-order Disarm The Descent here. READ MORE
Metalcore band Killswitch Engage has teamed up with AltPress to stream their new album Disarm The Descent, which comes out April 1st via Roadrunner Records. You can listen to the album by clicking the previous link or by heading down below.
Disarm The Descent is the first album to feature original vocalist Jesse Leach since 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing. You can pre-order the album here
Keep an eye out for our exclusive interview with drummer Justin Foley, coming soon! READ MORE
Metalcore band Killswitch Engage has released a new single entitled “The New Awakening”. The song comes from the band’s upcoming album The New Descent, which comes out April 2nd via Roadrunner Records. It is the first album to feature original vocalist Jesse Leach since 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing. The album was produced by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.
You can hear the new single below. READ MORE
Melodic metal masters Killswitch Engage have released an official video for their new single “In Due Time”, which comes from their upcoming album Disarm The Descent (out Apr. 2nd via Roadrunner Records). The video is a mix of band performance with behind-the-scenes footage of the music video shoot. You can watch it via Rolling Stone or head on below. READ MORE
Melodic metal band Killswitch Engage has released a lyric video for their latest single “In Due Time”, which comes from their upcoming album Disarm The Descent. The song is now available for purchase on all digital platforms.
Their sixth studio album, Disarm The Descent will be released on April 2nd via Roadrunner Records and is the first album to feature singer Jesse Leach since 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing.
Alright everyone, what are your thoughts about lyric videos? They’ve certainly taken a rise in the past two years as a cheap yet marketable option for bands. Are you into them or do you want a real video? Let me know in the comments below. READ MORE
Melodic metal band Killswitch Engage has released a stream of “In Due Time”, the first single from their upcoming album Disarm The Descent. The single will be released on digital platforms on Feb. 5th.
Their sixth studio album, it will be released on April 2nd via Roadrunner Records and is the first album to feature singer Jesse Leach since 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing.
I’ve played it a few times now and I think it’s great! Definitely a return to that classic KsE sound that gained so many fans. Head on below to give it a listen! READ MORE
Roadrunner Records artist Killswitch Engage has unveiled their new album title as Disarm The Descent and have announced that they will be releasing it on April 2nd. The first single, “In Due Time”, will be released digitally on Feb. 5th. There will be 12 tracks on their 6th studio album, which is also the first album to feature original vocalist Jesse Leach since 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing.
Leach states, “It is with a grateful spirit that we prepare for this record’s release. From the music, to the lyrics, to the artwork, we are all proud of what we have accomplished. To me this is by far my best vocal performance, much thanks to Adam’s guidance and faith in my abilities. I am very grateful to be where I am in life, back in an amazing band with a record we are all excited for the world to hear. Thanks to all the fans for their warm welcome back and their undying love for Killswitch Engage.”
Head on below for the full track list. 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
Drummer Shannon Lucas has announced that he is no longer part of The Black Dahlia Murder effective immediately. A video from Lucas (which you can see below) explains why he has been absent from the current tour with Dethklok as well as telling fans that he had a hand in finding the current touring drummer Alan Cassidy (Abigail Williams), who has NOT been made an official replacement.
Lucas also states that there is a side project he will be working on with Adam D. (Killswitch Engage) and George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse). Drums will apparently be tracked in January. He states he has another grind project that is also in the works.
Lucas will also be opening up a tattoo shop with his wife outside of Richmond, VA.
Best of luck to you Shannon! Hope your next steps take your forward and onward! READ MORE
Killswitch Engage has announced a full tour in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their second album Alive Or Just Breathing. The band will be performing the album in its entirety on this tour as well as other, more recent hits. The tour will begin with the band headlining the California Metal Fest in on Nov. 24th in San Bernadino, CA and end almost a month later in Portland, ME.
Earlier this year, original singer Jesse Leach rejoined the band. “I honestly never thought I would have the opportunity to sing these songs on stage with Killswitch again. Now here I am back in the band and celebrating 10 years of the release of this record. I am absolutely thrilled for this tour. I can’t wait to sing ‘Rise inside’ and ‘Just Barely Breathing’ among others. On top of it all, we have our good friends in Shadows Fall and Acaro joining us. This tour will be one we will all remember!”
Guitarist Joel Stroetzel states, “We’re all looking forward to this tour! It’s going to be a great time on all levels. Playing songs we haven’t played in many years, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Alive or Just Breathing with Jesse now back in the band, and just hanging out with some great old friends — we’re psyched.”
Joining KsE on the tour will be Shadows Fall and Acaro. All tour dates are below. READ MORE
The lineup for California Metalfest 6 has been released and it is packed full of heavy bands. Included is headliner Killswitch Engage who will be performing their 2002 album Alive Or Just Breathing in its entirety for the first time ever in celebration of its 10th anniversary. The event will be held at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA on Saturday, November 24th. WWE superstar “Mankind” Mick Foley will be hosting the event along with several other TBA special guests. Tickets for the event can be found here.
The line-up also includes Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Black Veil Brides, Pierce The Veil, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Chiodos w/Craig Owens, For Today, Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire, Blessthefall, Unearth, Bleeding Through, The Faceless, Born Of Osiris, Winds Of Plague, Shadows Fall, Veil of Maya, Acacia Strain, Attila, Sleeping Giant, Upon A Burning Body, and more. READ MORE
Following the trend of Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row, the newly released Sleeping Dogs, a sandbox “take down the Triads” game, will feature a radio station that provides you with nothing but metal. However, Sleeping Dogs took it one step further and aligned themselves with Roadrunner Records. That’s right, the whole station is RR heavy rock and metal artists. If you tune in, you’ll be able to hear bands such as Opeth, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, DevilDriver, Black Stone Cherry, and more. Check below for the full list. READ MORE
Trivium guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy was in Florida last night at a benefit for the MOSCOT Mobileyes Foundation, which provides free quality medical eyecare and eyewear for New York City’s “underserved populations” [source]. During the acoustic performance, Heafy did a rendition of Opeth‘s “Harvest”, which comes off their 2001 album Blackwater Park. You can watch the performance below.
Trivium’s latest album is In Waves. The band is currently on the Trespass America tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, and more. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Detroit metal band Battlecross to bring you the exclusive video premiere of “Kaleb”. This video uses live footage, including backstage antics, from the “Trespass America” tour and is a perfect way to nominate the band for “hairiest metal band”. The song comes from Battlecross’ Metal Blade Records debut album In Pursuit Of Honor (iTunes/Amazon), which came out last year. The video was directed by Ryan Glisan of Allegaeon. You can watch the video below.
Battlecross are currently rocking the “Trespass America” tour alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and several other bands. Remaining tour dates are below. READ MORE
Amazon.com has teamed up with the “Trespass America” tour to bring you a free sampler with a song from each of the touring bands. This includes Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Emmure, Pop Evil, God Forbid, and Battlecross. You can snag the free download here.
The remaining tour dates for the tour are below. READ MORE
Happy Friday The 13th! As a special treat I have Doc Coyle’s, guitarist for God Forbid, Top 5 horror movies. It’s been a while since I posted a Top 5 and I’m super excited to share this one. There are some fantastic choices past the break which also include tour dates for their Trespass America Tour and their new video for Equilibrium. Also make sure to pick up their new album Equilibrium through HERE. Enjoy!
Five Finger Death Punch just released a video for “Coming Down”, which comes off their latest album American Capitalist (review). The video shows two teens, horribly bullied (both in real life and in the cyber world), who fight the urge to take their own lives. You can watch the video below.
Guitarist Zoltan Bathory (interview) explains, “Through support and awareness, suicide can be prevented. Five Finger Death Punch is promoting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to build awareness that there is support out there for those in need through the Lifeline’s service, and others. This is an important initiative we have taken on to place it on the consciousness of the public that you are not alone when in need.”
The band will also be embarking on the Trespass America tour with Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid, and Battlecross. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to provide for the National Suicide Hotline crisis call centers. Tour dates are below. READ MORE
Battlecross, God Forbid, Emmure, Trivium, Pop Evil, Killswitch Engage, Five Finger Death Punch. That is quite an impressive lineup for the inaugural year of the Trespass America music festival! Sponsored by Metal Hammer magazine, the tour will start in mid July and run through until the end of August, hitting many of the major spots while still stopping by a few of the more “out of the way” destinations.
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory states, “We will carry the flag into mainstream territory; we will trespass on their turf all across America. The combined power of Metal Hammer and all these bands enable us to make a statement, a really loud one. Heavy music wants its place back in the limelight, so get ready, because we are coming, and we are coming in numbers.”
Check out all the tour dates below. 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