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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 Heatseekers 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 original frontman Leach, who made his return to Killswitch on their 2013 album, Disarm the Descent. The set debuted well inside the Top Ten on various album charts. The track "In Due Time" was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. After several tours in support, Killswitch took some well-deserved time off.

In early 2015, the band teased a 40-second snippet of "Loyalty"; the track ended up on Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Vol. 2, for the Game of Thrones television series. They also began informally demoing new tracks. After a summer tour, Killswitch entered the studio. In December, the single "Strength of Mind" was released to the Internet. The album Incarnate was released in March of 2016, and debuted at number six on Billboard's Top 200; it was followed immediately by a national tour. ~ Eleanor Ditzel & Corey Apar
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Incarnate

1. Alone I Stand

2. Hate By Design

3. Cut Me Loose

4. Strength Of The Mind

5. Just Let Go

6. Embrace The Journey...Upraised

7. Quiet Distress

8. Until The Day

9. It Falls On Me

10. The Great Deceit

11. We Carry On

12. Ascension

13. Reignite

14. Triumph Through Tragedy

15. Loyalty

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Track List: Quiet Distress

1. Quiet Distress

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Track List: Embrace The Journey....Upraised

1. Embrace The Journey...Upraised

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Track List: Just Let Go

1. Just Let Go

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Track List: Alone I Stand

1. Alone I Stand

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Track List: Cut Me Loose (Single)

1. Cut Me Loose

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Track List: Hate By Design (Single)

2. Hate By Design

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Track List: Disarm The Descent

1. The Hell In Me

2. Beyond The Flames

3. New Awakening

4. In Due Time

5. A Tribute To The Fallen

6. The Turning Point

7. All That We Have

8. You Don't Bleed For Me

9. The Call

10. No End In Sight

11. Always

12. Time Will Not Remain

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Track List: Disarm The Descent (Special Edition)

1. The Hell In Me

2. Beyond The Flames

3. The New Awakening

4. In Due Time

5. A Tribute To The Fallen

6. The Turning Point

7. All That We Have

8. You Don't Bleed For Me

9. The Call

10. No End In Sight

11. Always

12. Time Will Not Remain

13. Blood Stains

14. Slave To The Machine

15. Numbered Days (Live 2012)

16. My Curse (Live 2012)

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Track List: In Due Time (Single)

1. In Due Time

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Track List: Starting Over (Single)

1. Starting Over

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Track List: Reckoning (Single)

1. Reckoning

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Track List: Killswitch Engage

1. Temple From The Within

2. Vide Infra

3. Irresversal

4. Rusted Embrace

5. Prelude

6. Soilborn

7. Numb Sick Eyes

8. In The Unblind

9. One Last Sunset

10. Prelude (Demo)

11. Soilborn (Demo)

12. Vide Infra (Demo)

13. In The Unblind (Demo)

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Track List: Killswitch Engage (Special Edition)

1. Never Again

2. Starting Over

3. The Forgotten

4. Reckoning

5. The Return

6. A Light In A Darkened World

7. Take Me Away

8. I Would Do Anything

9. Save Me

10. Lost

11. This Is Goodbye

12. In A Dead World

13. Rose Of Sharyn (Live)

14. My Curse (Live)

15. Holy Diver (Live)

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Track List: (Set This) World Ablaze EP

1. In The Unblind

2. Numbered Days (Demo)

3. The End Of Heartache (Live 7/25/05)

4. Rose Of Sharyn (Live 7/25/05)

5. Vide Infra (Live 7/25/05)

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Track List: As Daylight Dies

1. Daylight Dies

2. This Is Absolution

3. The Arms Of Sorrow

4. Unbroken

5. My Curse

6. For You

7. Still Beats Your Name

8. Eye Of The Storm

9. Break The Silence

10. Desperate Times

11. Reject Yourself

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Track List: As Daylight Dies (Special Edition)

1. Daylight Dies

2. This Is Absolution

3. The Arms Of Sorrow

4. Unbroken

5. My Curse

6. For You

7. Still Beats Your Name

8. Eye Of The Storm

9. Break The Silence

10. Desperate Times

11. Reject Yourself

12. Be One

13. Let The Bridges Burn

14. This Fire Burns

15. Holy Diver

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Track List: Alive Or Just Breathing (Topshelf Edition)

1. Numbered Days

2. Self Revolution

3. Fixation On The Darkness

4. My Last Serenade

5. Life To Lifeless

6. Just Barely Breathing

7. To The Sons Of Man

8. Temple From The Within

9. The Element Of One

10. Vide Infra

11. Without A Name

12. Rise Inside

13. In The Unblind

14. When The Balance Is Broken

15. Untitled And Unloved

16. Numbered Days (Demo)

17. Transfiguration (Aka Fixation On The Darkness)(Demo)

18. Just Barely Breathing (Demo)

19. Fixation On The Darkness (With Howard Jones)

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Track List: The End Of Heartache

1. A Bid Farewell

2. Take This Oath

3. When Darkness Falls

4. Rose Of Sharyn

5. Inhale

6. Breathe Life

7. The End Of Heartache

8. Declaration

9. World Ablaze

10. And Embers Rise

11. Wasted Sacrifice

12. Hope Is ...

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Track List: The End Of Heartache (Bonus Tracks)

Disc 1

1. A Bid Farewell

2. Take This Oath

3. When Darkness Falls

4. Rose Of Sharyn

5. Inhale

6. Breathe Life

7. The End Of Heartache

8. Declaration

9. World Ablaze

10. And Embers Rise

11. Wasted Sacrifice

12. Hope Is...

Disc 2

1. Irreversal

2. My Life For Yours

4. Life To Lifeless (Live)

5. Fixation On The Darkness (Live)

6. My Last Serenade (Live)

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Track List: Alive Or Just Breathing

1. Numbered Days

2. Self Revolution

3. Fixation On The Darkness

4. My Last Serenade

5. Life To Lifeless

6. Just Barely Breathing

7. To The Sons Of Man

8. Temple From The Within

9. The Element Of One

10. Vide Infra

11. Without A Name

12. Rise Inside

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deerneslo
Holy diver!! WOW!!!! Must see f**kin awesome!!!
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Ur music makes me want to mosh, it would be awesome if u guyz had a show today, becuz it my birthday today and i needa go to a concert \|,,/ AND fucken mosh.....
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Awesom
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geoff.overfi e l d
KSE is easily my favorite band. I've been listening for years, and I've gone to a show every time they're near me. I honestly have to say this album is incredibly disappointin g . It just doesn't sound like them. Instrumental s are always amazing, but all the vocals on Incarnate make me feel like I'm listening to Chevelle or Hawthorne Heights... Too poppy - not enough metal. That, and if you go through these song previews, a lot of them sound exactly the same. I hope they come back next album!
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Don't read this. You will be kissed by your crush on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Don't stop this is freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 10 other songs and 143 minutes when you are done press the and your crushes name will appear on the screen. This is so creepy it works
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Mmmmm
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Howard is bad a.ss
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\m/
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My Absolute favorite !! Looooove
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Do not read this because its bull. Eat a raw potato. jump out the window. say 'Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers' 14,000 times. make a pair of shoes for a monkey. post this on 420 songs in 69 minutes. on the 4th Wednesday of the month you will not be eaten alive by penguins. so scary cause it works
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I miss my friends this is for you
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Ryan
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I have always agreed. Jones has a far more powerful voice than Leach ever did.
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I know I'll get hate but I still personally prefer Jones' vocals with the group versus Leach's.
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My favorite band
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silverkoin12 1
I've seen kse when j leech 1st Re united with band. Best show. As rejected, I reject. Grow up people. Half opinions without being a person until technically 27 yrs. OA Half you people don't know, let alone can comprehend what life is. To live is to experience things that will ruin your projectory view on personal goals, especially when years ahead of new 30 yr. Young, pathetic idiocracy "Not politically correct." LMAO KEEP TELLING YOURSELF YOU'RE BETTERING YOURSELVES IN THIS WORLD! If that's wha
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They are my favorite band
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Phil was never a founding member you dope he was a founding member of shadows fall. Howard made KSE a much better band
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What about Phil from All that remains being a founder of Kill switch engage
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One of the most talented metal bands out there. Saw them in concert. Was insane!
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Howard is KSE
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Bone tiller
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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE DEBUT
JUNE 2000. GOOD STUFF
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Man these guys are monsters. Like musician monsters. They are so good at what they do and their content is so freaking powerful. So good.
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alabastervil l i s 0
alive or just breathing was and still is their best cd to date
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This song made me the metal-core fan I am today.
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That rocks !
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I love, love, love this song.
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one of my favorites ^^
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Soo f**%%%%£ mingled with it
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Oyeah hell yeah
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They were as usual a lot better as far as what I enjoy to listen to but still playing respect to that
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I remember vividly 6'5" lead singer do a back backflip off the stage and land on this poor little girl s**t was crazy back then at the Chance in Poughkeepsie ny
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Comments will ruin the experience. Just listen and enjoy! Trolls will troll.
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Absolutely love this song! Gets me pumped
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I love kill switch wayyyyy better than bullet for my Valentine
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If u dont like the band chamge the station....d u h but these guys own
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I dont like this band much sorry
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First heard them in 2002, that album Alive or Just Breathing changed my life!
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One of the best bands of all time.
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im beating my meat so hard to this song
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This band is amazing its one of my most influential bands in my life!!!!!!!: ) : ) : )
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The drum beat is really cool i love playing it on my stario it vibrates the whole dam house
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Great band
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Fuckk yea dude haha. Rock on ⚡666⚡
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Lol boogieman that piss flippers comment made my f**king day lmao go KSE
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FTW ⚡KSE⚡
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Dumbfuckk needs to actually read what I said before he goes flapping those piss flippers again.
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Tool isn't Christian prog rock lmfao!!! Its clear that u mangelini462 don't have a fuckking clue as to what ur talking about. U can see from all of ur followers that they def agree as well smdfh.
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Clearly boogieman has never actually listened to tool or the lyrics. Christian prog rock cause of the lyrics? Where do you trolls come up with this s**t?
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