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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.

 
Roadrunner Records
Roadrunner Records

15 Years Ago: Killswitch Engage Reinvent Metalcore With ‘Alive or Just Breathing’

On May 21, 2002, Killswitch Engage helped put their stamp on metalcore for years to come with the release of 'Alive or Just Breathing.'

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Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire
Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach to Co-Host ‘Small Bites of Hope’ Mental Health Fundraiser

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Killswitch Engage's jesse Leach will co-host a fundraising benefit with chef Brian Tsao in support of the cause.

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Roadrunner Records
Roadrunner Records

Killswitch Engage Reveal ‘Alive or Just Brewing’ Beer Coinciding With ‘Alive or Just Breathing’ Vinyl Release

Killswitch Engage will offer 'Alive or Just Brewing Beer' coinciding with the 15th anniversary of their 'Alive or Just Breathing' album and a new vinyl release.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Atom Splitter PR
Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Atom Splitter PR

Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna + Killswitch Engage Team Up to Jam Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’ Live

Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna has been joining Killswitch onstage for the metalcore titans’ celebrated cover of Dio’s 'Holy Diver.'

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Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire
Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage Set Date for Band’s First Ever Virtual Reality Show

You don't have to be in Houston to catch Killswitch Engage on April 17!

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Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire
Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage’s Adam Dutkiewicz Has Over a Dozen New Songs Demoed for Next Times of Grace Album

Adam Dutkiewicz has plenty of material already demoed for the next Time of Grace album with Jesse Leach.

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Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire
Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire

Photo Gallery: ‘Killthrax’ Tour Kickoff Featuring Killswitch Engage, Anthrax + More

We had a photographer at the Wellmont Theater in New Jersey to capture pictures of the 'Killthrax' kickoff show.

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Evil Robb Photography
Evil Robb Photography

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Inspired to Form Hardcore Punk Project

In a new Instagram post, Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach reveals that he's formed a new hardcore punk project for fun.

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Evil Robb Photography
Evil Robb Photography

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Featured on ‘For Honor’ Video Game Soundtrack

Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach has lent his voice to the 'For Honor' video game soundtrack, contributing grunts, yells & chanting noises to Viking characters.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com (2)
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com (2)

Jasta + Code Orange Added to Anthrax + Killswitch Engage Co-Headlining Tour

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta will take his solo outfit on the road opening select dates on the 'Killthrax' tour and Code Orange will finish the run.

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