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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 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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Loudwire

Killswitch Engage Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Killswitch Engage's albums from weakest to strongest.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Volbeat ‘Seal the Deal’ and Boogie in Brooklyn With Killswitch Engage + Black Wizard

Check out our recap and photo gallery of Volbeat's recent show with Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard in Brooklyn.

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Liz Ramanand / Charles Epting, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse + Black Dahlia Murder Vets Form Serpentine Dominion, Release Album Info + New Song

Serpentine Dominion, with members of Killswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse + Black Dahlia Murder, revealed details and a new song from their self-titled album.

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Charles Epting, Loudwire / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn + Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Offer Thoughts on Recent Racial Unrest + More

Machine Head's Robb Flynn & Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach both issued lengthy statements regarding the current state of socio-political affairs in the U.S.

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Avenged Sevenfold Announce Midwest Mini-Tour With Volbeat, Killswitch Engage + Avatar

Avenged Sevenfold will play a brief mini-tour of the Midwest in September with support from Volbeat, Avatar and Killswitch Engage on select dates.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)

Volbeat Announce 2016 North American Tour With Killswitch Engage

Volbeat will be embarking on a headlining 2016 North American run beginning in August, bringing Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard on the road with them.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire / Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria + Hatebreed Lead Dirt Fest 2016 Lineup

Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria & Hatebreed serve as the biggest acts at the 2016 edition of Michigan's Dirt Fest with over 50 bands rounding out the bill.

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Facebook: Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage Stream Record Store Day Single ‘Define Love’

Killswitch Engage have given fans a taste of what to expect on Record Store Day with a stream of the song 'Define Love' which will see a limited release.

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