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Formed: 1999
From: Boston, MA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Killswitch Engage Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Killswitch Engage.


Killswitch Engage Guitarist Discusses "Atonement"

Heavy metal endured a punishing time in the nineties. The rise of grunge and other genres increasing in popularity made it a difficult time for many metal bands and some thought metal was soon to be dead and buried. The next decade however, metal rose up once more, giving young listeners a sound which expressed their rage and discomfort in a time dominated by the War on Terror, paranoia and otherwise bland music... Not much has changed really. At the forefront of this metal revival was the metalcore genre, which may not have been loved by all, but was instrumental in bringing young fans into the flock. Perhaps the biggest band of this movement, though they might not appreciate the tag, was Massachusetts' own, Killswitch Engage.

Twenty years after forming and now with a new album, "Atonement" out, the band are still going strong. Their eighth album could well be their most diverse yet and has received strong praise from most metal media outlet since it's release in August. Last week, the band arrived in the UK to perform a headlining run with support from Revocation and I was lucky enough to meet up with guitarist Joel Stroetzel at the famous Brixton Academy in London to talk all about the album, as well as the band's twentieth anniversary and teaming up with former vocalist Howard Jones for the song, "The Signal Fire." You can watch the conversation in full below.

Diamond Oz: The new album "Atonement" is out now. How's the response been so far?

Joel Stroetzel: We're actually really excited by how well the new songs are going over live. We're doing anywhere from four to six new songs in the set, so it's a good chunk of the new record. So yeah it's going over well, you never know playing new stuff live how things are gonna go. No complaints! More...

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The Empire Of Killswitch: Jesse Leach Speaks

Ten years. That's how long it took Jesse Leach, the arresting voice of one of the millenium's most influential American metal albums "Alive Or Just Breathing," [2002] to rejoin his brothers in Massachusetts powerhouse Killswitch Engage. Less than one week after the official announcement on Monday, February 6, I visited the cozy Easy Street Nightclub in Greenfield for an evening of local and regional metal - headlined by one of Jesse's beloved interim projects, The Empire Shall Fall (latest release reviewed here). Following the spellbinding set, we sat aside in a secluded corner amidst a rowdy last-call bustle as the underground dive bar cleared out for the night. With a little help from amorous Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and aspiring TV interviewer Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall), Jesse filled in Metal Underground on all the major current happenings in his career. The complete, unabridged transcript follows. More...

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Jesse Leach on Vocal Tips, Solo Album, More

Times of Grace is a shock to the heavy metal system in more ways than one. Uplifting lyrics about hope and personal strength storm across a battering ram of melodic metal that was largely written and played by one man. Teaming with Killswitch Engage guitarists Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel, former Seemless and Killswitch vocalist Jesse Leach brought his band to Nashville for our own night of grace on August 9th. Before the show, which was dubbed the “Illuminatour,” with Underoath headlining, Jesse took time out of his concert preparation to chat with me. Photos from the show will be up in the photo gallery shortly, but here is the full text of the interview. More...

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Interview With Joel Of Killswitch Engage

I recently had the chance to sit down with Joel Stroetzel, guitarist, from Killswitch Engage. This was at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA on November 18th, which was part of the Jagermeister Fall Tour. Here's the interview: More...

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