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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.

 
YouTube: Killswitch Engage
YouTube: Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage Release Video for Infectious New Song ‘Hate By Design’

Killswitch Engage are nearing the release of 'Incarnate' and have released the second video for the new record by way of the infectious 'Hate By Design.'

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Roadrunner
Roadrunner

Killswitch Engage Among Initial Bands Announced for 2016 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival

The initial list of bands for the 2016 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival have been revealed, with Killswitch Engage headlining the opening day.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage to Take Over New York City for Five Shows

If you're in New York City in early March, you'll have plenty of opportunity to catch Killswitch Engage.

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Roadrunner
Roadrunner

Killswitch Engage Reveal ‘Incarnate’ Album Release Date + North American Tour

Killswitch Engage have just announced the release date for their seventh studio album!

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)

Killswitch Engage Lead Fans in Toast of Lemmy Kilmister in Providence

Upon hearing of Lemmy Kilmister's death, Killswitch Engage led their fans in Providence in a toast to the late musician.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Killswitch Reveal ‘Incarnate’ Title for Upcoming Disc

The band's 2016 studio album will be titled 'Incarnate' as a nod to their current sense of self.

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YouTube
YouTube

Killswitch Engage Unveil Jarring Video for New Song ‘Strength of the Mind’

Hold onto something solid. Killswitch Engage have just unveiled a rather jarring video for their new song 'Strength of the Mind.'

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Facebook: Soundwave Festival
Facebook: Soundwave Festival

Killswitch Engage to Revisit ‘Alive or Just Breathing’ for 2016 Soundwave Festival Sets

Next year's Soundwave Festival just got even better as Killswitch Engage are slated to perform 'Alive or Just Breathing' in full each night of the fest.

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Jesse Leach
Atom Splitter PR

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Hints at March Release for New Album

Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach is excited about the band's new album and revealed the band is eyeing a March 2016 release.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Pens Song on Domestic Violence, Supports Black Dot Campaign

Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach revealed that he's working on a song about domestic violence.

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