Ex-Killswitch Engage Vocalist Howard Jones Resurfaces in Devil You Know
Howard Jones departed Killswitch Engage at the beginning of 2012 and was replaced by the band’s original singer Jesse Leach. Now, after rumblings earlier this year of his involvement in a new band, an official announcement has now been made regarding Jones’ new outfit.The vocalist has teamed up with All Shall Perish guitarist Francesco Artusato and Devolved drummer John Sankey to form Devil You Know.
Artusato and Sankey reached out to Jones, and they got together toward the end of 2012. “It turned from bare-bones musical ideas into something that surpassed any of our expectations” says Jones. “It went from something we thought was going to be a fun, heavy project into something very real.”
Once they got in the studio with producer Logan Mader (Gojira, Five Finger Death Punch), the band’s sound began to coalesce. “It became a departure from what I’m known for,” says Artusato. “I wasn’t focusing on technical guitar parts (even though I still love that aspect of writing) but simply on writing what felt best for each individual song.”
“It’s a different style of music for me,” says Jones when talking about the sound of the album. “It’s heavy as anything any of us are known for but I get to do some different things people won’t expect. I’ve been singing almost all my life. Being around good songwriters and musicians in my former bands really helped mold me into who I am now.”
Devil You Know’s debut album on Nuclear Blast Records is due early in 2014. A demo of the song ‘Shut it Down’ is available on the band’s Facebook page when you hit ‘Like.’