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Killswitch Engage

The four bandmembers who came together and created Killswitch Engage already had strong fan followings. Mike D'Antonio (bass) was formerly the leader and principal songwriter of Overcast, the legendary underground metal group. When Overcast split in 1998, D'Antonio sought for a year to find the right combination of players to fuse hardcore and metal with melody. During the summer of 1999, D'Antonio connected with Adam Dutkiewicz, who was the drummer for Aftershock, and Joel Stroetzel, Aftershock's guitar player. Jesse Leach, vocalist for Corrin and Nothing Stays Gold, joined on, and the foursome took the name Killswitch Engage.

Killswitch Engage made their debut by opening for In Flames on tour. The Ferret label heard and liked the combination of brutality, sophistication, and breathtaking originality that the group produced, and signed them. Ferret released Killswitch Engage's self-titled debut album in June 2000 and it immediately began capturing rave reviews. The group lays out its heavy riffs mixed with both singing and screaming vocals that cover a range from low-pitched death growls to the higher-pitched hyena screams. Stroetzel developed a guitar rhythm that gallops, and the others keep up as they combine elements of hardcore and metal in their melodies. They come on with an intensity that does not let up.

During 2001, the band recorded "Numbered Days" for WERS' Nasty Habits live CD, a compilation with bands such as God Forbid, Haste, Unearth, and Poison the Well. Also in 2001, Killswitch Engage signed with Roadrunner Records and started recording their second full album, Alive or Just Breathing, at the Zing Studio in Westfield, Massachusetts. They expanded to a five-piece with the addition of former Aftershock drummer Tom Gomes, as Dutkiewicz moved over to guitar. The album included favorites such as "Self-Revolution," "Just Barely Breathing," and a re-recorded version of "Temple from the Within." Andy Sneap was signed on to mix and master this one in his English studio. The album aimed at even more of the growling bass tone, heavier guitar crunch, and thicker/faster double bass that permeate the music of the band, and it was greeted with high praise upon its release in May 2002 (it even shot to number 37 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart).

Tours with Soilwork and Hypocrisy finished before the band suffered a setback that June; lead singer Leach suddenly left the group, citing voice problems and personal issues. (He later went on to join metal outfit Seemless.) Breaking up was not an option, but Killswitch were still unsure of their future -- until auditioning Howard Jones that is, vocalist for local metalcore outfit Blood Has Been Shed. The band and Jones clicked immediately, and his charismatic yet menacing stage presence sealed the deal. He made his debut with the band at summer 2002's Hellfest, and the guys stayed on the road for the remainder of the year, both home and abroad, winning over skeptics along the way. Gomes exited the group following their stint on 2003's Ozzfest and he was replaced by another Blood Has Been Shed alum, drummer Justin Foley.

The End of Heartache appeared in spring 2004, debuting at number 21 on the Top 200 and even earning Killswitch a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. Much touring followed, including acting as main support for Slayer and spots on package tours like Ozzfest and Taste of Chaos, while the band also released the DVD Set This World Ablaze in late 2005. Killswitch Engage further rocked a main stage spot at the U.K.'s Reading festival in summer 2006; all of this activity ultimately led up to the release of their fourth full-length, As Daylight Dies, that November. In 2009, Killswitch returned with a second self-titled album and found themselves jumping onto the Billboard 200. Three years later, the band announced the departure of singer Jones, who was replaced by former frontman Jesse Leach, who made his return to Killswitch on their 2013 album, Disarm the Descent. ~ Eleanor Ditzel & Corey Apar, Rovi
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Aw F**KING some! !!!!!!
Saw these guys at The House of Blues in Cleveland, with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Every Time I Die, what a kick a** show!!
Good band...
F**k yeah KSE rocks
I love killswitch engage but there not the same without Howard Jones
This is a great chirstian rock band I have there cd
Love this band
I had to post it twice
Don't read this because it actually works. If you post this on any other pages, good job! You are spreading awareness about the STUPIDITY of chain messages! But if you don't, then good job as well! You are resisting peer pressure!
Don't read this because it actually works. If you post this on any other pages, good job! You are spreading awareness about the stupidity of chain messages! But if you don't, then good job as well! You are resisting peer pressure!
I loved Howard, didn't like Jesse in the beginning but he has gotten better while he was gone.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However If you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started raining so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press F6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
I didn't know they were a Christian band...
CRB? pftt
o.o This is a Christian Rock Band? :o
Howard, 'nuff said.
*Christian*
KSE isnt a Christen rock band. Wtf r u talkin bout. Smh
I find it awesome that these guys are a Christian band because this is definitely awesome Christian Metal music =:)
Killswitch Engage FTW :^)
Wow great is a great chirstian rock band
red poop on a stick. Needs some fish oil.
I'm just really happy that we can enjoy this beautiful music by killswitch. I actually don't care who's singing the songs,becaus e all their music is awesome!
I don't care. Jesse and Howard are both amazing vocalists. It's just about the music to me. While Howard did do my favorite album As Daylight Dies, I still love both vocalists equally.
Jesse all the way!
This is my favorite album by killswitch. Awesomeness at its best!!!!!
BRING BACK HOWARD,HE IS KILLSWITCH!
Bring back Howard.
Kill switch is bae
i love kill switch
Jessie Leech is Killswitch.. . f**ks
They should just change the name already. It'll never be the same
Howard 4 Life!
Howard Jones is much better than Jesse by far. The old KSE wit Jess was good.But now Jesse jus sounds awful singing Howards songs live. I wish Howard never left. I think i speak for alot of KSE fans out there when i say Howard should come back an jus kick Jesse's a** out an say this is my band bro kick rocks
This is their only good song. They suck a** otherwise
I dont care what anyone else thinks they NEED to bring Howard back. They sound 300000000000 0 0 0 0 times better with him on vocals.
Killswitch will forever be my favorite band with Jesse or Howard, though I did prefer Howard much more, he gave the band the uniqueness that stood out over other bands. Also, everyone should be joining forces to destroy rap music! Not differentiat e between different types of rock.
Too be honest I never heard of this song soooo who's this Howard guy
Do u wish the love of your life would feel the same way u feel for them? Well keep reading this comment but if u care more about your life and u just read this just for the fun of it then stop reading right now! Ok now if u want the love of your life to love to love u then u'll have to post this in another artist comments.
there's is only one Dr Jones and I'm not talking Indiana come back Howard we all miss ya
Just bring back Howard!! No offense but he brought the band to stardom and left in the right terms!! At least bring back him and duel the vocals between the two. Could you imagine some with the range of Howard's voice and Jesse's pure aggression what they could be?? Simply f**king amazing!!
I miss Howard and his voice.
KSE got worse as it went ok but it's still vanilla ok metalcore
Jesse is back to rock the world and you people just got to deal with it.
I know it's my opinion,but I really do prefer Howard.I just don't think they sound the same,without him.he's an awesome vocalist
Yes comments do... especially in a forum where something as great as music already exists, and all people can do is bring down other people's taste or drive a wedge between peoples preferences. Soooo saaaad!!
Comments Suck
it is not bad though it's still average
I agree sir. it is a dame shame!
Killswitch is trash now that Howard is gone. . Damn Shame!
My last serenade!!!
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