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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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Rise Against Announce Summer 2015 Tour With Killswitch Engage + Letlive

Rise Against will hit the road with Killswitch Engage and letlive this summer.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage 2014 Halloween Show to Be Released on DVD

Among the items on Killswitch Engage's agenda is a new DVD featuring footage from their 2014 Halloween show.

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Jo Hale, Getty Images / Atom Splitter PR
Jo Hale, Getty Images / Atom Splitter PR

‘Catch the Throne, Volume 2′ Mixtape, Featuring Anthrax + More, Available for Free on iTunes

The 'Catch the Throne, Volume 2' mixtape featuring Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon and Mushroomhead is now available for free download on iTunes.

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Roadrunner Records Twitter / CBS
Roadrunner Records Twitter / CBS

Killswitch Engage’s Adam Dutkiewicz Plans to Sell ‘Price Is Right’ Vehicles

The Killswitch Engage guitarist discusses his recent winnings from 'The Price Is Right.'

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Killswitch Engage, ‘Loyalty’ – Exclusive Song Preview From ‘Catch the Throne Mixtape Vol. II’

Take a listen to Killswitch Engage's 'Loyalty' from the upcoming 'Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Vol. 2.'

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Anthrax, Killswitch Engage Lead Lineup for Free ‘Game Of Thrones’ Mixtape

Anthrax and Killswitch Engage will join Snoop Dogg, Method Man and more on the 'Game of Thrones: Volume II' mixtape, arriving in March.

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Roadrunner Records Twitter / CBS
Roadrunner Records Twitter / CBS

Killswitch Engage Guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz Wins Big on ‘The Price Is Right’

Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz was a contestant on 'The Price Is Right' today, and he made a killing!

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Reveals Writing Plans For Band’s Next Album

The members of Killswitch have made plans to get together in February to begin putting together the band's seventh full-length album.

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Jo Hale, Getty Images / Atom Splitter PR
Jo Hale, Getty Images / Atom Splitter PR

Anthrax’s Scott Ian + Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Share ‘Game of Thrones’ Mixtape Details

Anthrax actually pulled a demo they had tracked for their follow-up to ‘Worship Music,’ while Killswitch Engage wrote a entirely new song for the compilation.

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Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Books Australian Solo DJ Shows

Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach has added a handful of DJ dates to his recently announced Australian spoken word show.

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