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Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage

With their infectious combination of New England hardcore and Swedish death metal, Killswitch Engage became the standard bearers of the ‘00s melodic metalcore movement. Formed in Westfield, Massachusetts, following the dissolution of guitarists Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel’s Aftershock and bassist Mike D’Antonio and guitarist Pete Cortese’s pioneering Overcast (which had also included future Shadows Fall frontman Brian Fair) in 1999, Killswitch Engage recruited singer Jesse Leach for their eponymous debut. Released in the summer of 2000 on independent Ferret Records (and featuring Dutkiewicz on drums, prior to his replacing Cortese on guitar), the album garnered extremely positive reviews and the strong attention of mighty Roadrunner Records, which poached KsE (for short) ahead of 2002’s sophomore Alive or Just Breathing. Massively influential, this album would be a watershed for both the band and the aforementioned metalcore sub-genre they came to spearhead; but it might have been dead on arrival when frontman Leach abruptly quit, only to be replaced by the charismatic Howard Jones. With Jones at the helm and new drummer Justin Foley firmly installed, Killswitch Engage would grow from strength to strength over ensuing efforts, The End of Heartache (2004), As Daylight Dies (2006) and another self-titled album (2009), simultaneously dictating metalcore trends and transcending them once the genre began losing steam. And when Jones parted amicably with his bandmates in 2012, KsE hardly missed a beat by reconnecting with original frontman Jesse Leach for 2013’s Disarm and Descent, then carrying on with their successful touring activities. All the while the band’s chief instigator, Adam D, has built an extensive and impeccable resume as a producer for countless major acts.

 
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Evil Robb Photography

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Disconnects From Social Media

Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach details the reasons he's about to disconnect from social media.

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YouTube: Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Was Apprehensive About Singing Howard Jones Material [Exclusive Video Clip]

In this clip from the new Killswitch Engage release 'Beyond the Flames: Home Video Volume II,' Jesse Leach reveals he was apprehensive about singing Howard Jones' songs before returning to the band.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Reveals Throat Cancer Scare From Early In His Career

In a new video clip, Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach reflects on a throat cancer scare that he had early in his musical career.

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Jo Hale, Getty Images / Atom Splitter PR

Anthrax + Killswitch Engage Announce ‘Killthrax’ 2017 North American Tour

Oh, boy! Another killer 2017 tour has just been announced, with Anthrax and Killswitch Engage leading the way.

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YouTube: bomminband

Killswitch Engage’s ‘Rose of Sharyn’ Gets Stunning Acoustic + Violin Treatment

Killswitch Engage's 'Rose of Sharyn' was stripped down to just acoustic guitars, a keyboard and violin in a stunning cover rendition.

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YouTube: Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage Release Fiery ‘Cut Me Loose’ Music Video

Killswitch Engage have released an impactful music video for 'Cut Me Loose,' revealing the narrative in reverse as the song plays on.

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Photo: Travis Shinn
Photo: Travis Shinn

Killswitch Engage To Release ‘Beyond the Flames: Home Video Part II’

As part of Black Friday Record Store Day, Killswitch Engage will have a special release available for fans.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Crowdsurfs to Bar and Back Mid-Performance

Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach found a clear path to the bar for some shots, crowdsurfing along the way at the band's San Diego show.

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Evil Robb Photography
Evil Robb Photography

Killswitch Engage Get Lullaby Treatment From Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have selected Killswitch Engage as the latest band to undergo the lullaby treatment with a rendition of 'My Curse' inside.

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Evil Robb Photography

2016 Rise Above Festival: Disturbed, Volbeat, Seether, Alter Bridge, Killswitch Engage + More [Photo Gallery]

Check out our exclusive photo gallery of the 2016 Rise Above Festival.

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