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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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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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Loudwire

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

Jesse Leach proves and disproves what’s written about him and Killswitch Engage on Wikipedia.

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Loudwire

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Plays ‘Rob Halford’s Rapid Fire’

We transported Jesse Leach to purgatory so he could answer Rob Halford’s questions from the Judas Priest vocalist’s dressing room in Hell!

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage Secure Highest Billboard 200 Chart Position To Date With ‘Incarnate’

Killswitch Engage's newest album, 'Incarnate,' debuted at No. 6, moving 35,000 copies in its first week.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage Take Over New York City With Residency in Celebration of ‘Incarnate’ Album

See our recap and photos from Killswitch Engage's week-long residency of New York City.

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South By Southwest 2016
South By Southwest 2016

2016 SXSW Hard Rock + Metal Performance Guide

See who's playing when and where at the 2016 South By Southwest music conference.

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Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Talks ‘Incarnate’ Album, Touring + More

Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach spoke with Full Metal Jackie about the 'Incarnate' album, headlining the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and touring.

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Roadrunner

Killswitch Engage, ‘Incarnate’ – Album Review

Check out our review of the new Killswitch Engage album, 'Incarnate.'

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Killswitch Engage Continue New Album Preview Releasing ‘Quiet Distress’

Killswitch Engage continue to preview their 'Incarnate' album with the release of another new song, 'Quiet Distress.' Listen here.

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