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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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There f**kin cool!
djmetalhead3 4 9 8
Had anyone ever heard of king 810?
Killer f**king sikkkkkkkk
I love them ❤❤❤
love killswitch
Giterdone199 8 knows wat hes talkin about
Best band in existance
itablackbelt g i r l
So glad Jesse is back. Always and My Last Serenade are my favorites. :D
My brother got me into this band and I'm not gonna lie they are amazing I love killswich engaged
Killswitch kicks a**
nicko252008
anything after 2004 started to get a lil whiney not gonna lie...
I don't know if anyone else also thinks this,but his voice sounds awesome and unique.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life 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 reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will com on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
i like the band and the songs soo much i cant decide which songs is the best any opinions
B-ry I tickets to their next concert where do you live?
Man i want to see them so bad :((
Thanks 4 coming to Iowa, boys! Y'all & 5FDP kicked a** on stage @ Rockfest!
This band is American Metalcore! Not Christian or Jewish!
jastewart403
One of the best song EVER!!!
They sound really awesome<3
Just seen them last night at rock fest Kansas city, by far my favorite performance of the night
Jewish??? are you a retard.
glad jesse is back, kse at ozzfest 03
Just seen them at rock on the range...love d them before, love them even more now! Hell of a show, sounded excellent, and endless energy!
Love the band going to see them the 28th of this month. Might be able to meet them all too.
I think their hinduism maybe or maybe even buddhism
or arent they a jewish band? maybe muslim?
nice christian band
@ Juan Rosales amen to that brother! i couldn't have said it any better myself!!
Haha
Pandora's missing link to the World of Metal is here.
keithen_keet s
Jesse is the original he is very good My last Serenade was my favorite and Jesse wrote that
I don't care what anyone says about Killswitch! Both Howard and Jesse are badass singers and songwriters. Especially now, Jesse's a lot more refined so vocally and lyrically. There's no debate on who's better because they're both great.
I really love this band! However, even though I do miss Howard, I am still looking forward to hearing more from this band.
woo
awind4
Don't read this because it actually work she'll be kissed on the nearest Fridays tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this and the next two days you will die post this on five more song 148 minutes and then press the f6 key and your crushes name will come up in big letters on the screen
This band is great:) everyone has their opinions and there shouldnt be fighting over them enjoy them at their best <3
Jesse Howard Jesse Howard STFU already!
Great f**king band
c.odonnelle2 5
@arcocint Agreed.
Howard is an epic f**king vocalist. He needs to come back. Jesse is eh..
arcocint
whats wrong with christian bands?
They aren't.
These guys better not be a f**king Christian band
Thank you Justin. Figure it out eventually grab your f**king musket. We be joking.
I think you mean Metallica is the most successful metal band..
Lmao.. There are plenty of good metal bands.. Everyone has separate opinions.. Take your catfights to your profiles.. No one wants to hear them..
Congratulati o n s ? I think they are great, but that fact there doesn't make them any better. I mean it shows they have determinatio n . And love to play, which is fantastic.
They are the first band to play on all 7 continents!!
See, opinion. And you must not have fully immersed yourself into it. There are some really great bands out there.
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