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Formed: 1999
From: Boston, MA, United States
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Below is our complete Killswitch Engage news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Watch: Jamey Jasta & Howard Jones Petting Animals

Below you can watch Episode 1 of "Metal Dudes Doing Non Metal Things" starring Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Jasta) and Howard Jones (Light The Torch, Ex-Killswitch Engage) petting cute baby animals. Jamey & Howard visit Silverman's Farm in Easton, CT for that trying also to find out which animal is most "metal".

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Dee Snider Premieres “Tomorrow’s No Concern”

A music video for the new Dee Snider (ex-Twisted Sister) single “Tomorrow’s No Concern” is streaming below. It’s from Snider's new effort “For The Love Of Metal“, which was helmed by Hatebreed/Jasta, etc. vocalist Jamey Jasta and features guest spots from Lamb Of God‘s Mark Morton, Howard Jones (Light The Torch, ex-Killswitch Engage, etc.), Arch Enemy‘s Alissa White-Gluz, Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore of Toxic Holocaust and Kingdom Of Sorrow‘s Charlie Bellmore.

Says Snider of this new track: More...

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Dee Snider (Ex-Twisted Sister) Discusses New Album

The cover art and track listing have been shared for the new release from ex-Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. The album is titled “For The Love Of Metal” and was produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta, featuring guest spots from the following musicians:

Howard Jones (Light The Torch, ex-Killswitch Engage, etc.)
Mark Morton (Lamb Of God)
Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy)
Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust)
Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust)
Charlie Bellmore (Kingdom Of Sorrow)

Comments Dee Snider:

“I am beyond excited to be working with one of the world’s leading labels for heavy music, it’s a perfect home for this album! I believe there’s something for every hard rock and metal fan on this record and I cannot wait to unleash it on the world July 27th!”

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Killswitch Engage Vocalist To Undergo Surgery

Killswitch Engage has announced that they have had to cancel a number of shows due to vocalist Jesse Leach needed vocal chord surgery. A statement from the band reads thusly:

"Earlier today we found out Jesse needs to have surgery to repair an issue with his vocal chords. He is expected to make a full recovery and be fine for any future touring, but to avoid any future risk we unfortunately have to pull off these dates now. Our intention is to postpone the headline shows in Sayreville, Louisville, Cleveland & Poughkeepsie and get back to our fans as soon as possible. New dates for those cities will be announced soon, so please hold onto your tickets.

"In the meantime our friends in Hatebreed, Candiria and The Word Alive still plan on continuing forward with these shows. Show them your support.

"Below are all the shows impacted by this. Tickets will be available for refund at your original price of purchase for the headline shows as noted below ***.

"Thanks for your endless support and understanding. We'll be doing all we can to get back to these places to see you all again soon." More...

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Current & Ex-Killswitch Engage-Singers Now Friends

Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach and his predecessor Howard Jones (now Light The Torch) recently hung out together long enough, so that Leach now feels comfortable calling Jones "his dude". States Leach in an Instagram post:

“You have no idea, none. Tonight was therapy and laughter. Tonight was the longest we were able to talk alone as friends, this guy is my dude! Lots of laughter and some deep stuff as well. Honored and happy! DUDE ….LIGHT THE TORCH IS no joke, incredible new @lightthetorchband just wait…….this man is back in FULL EFFECT!!! Wow! Coming at you sooon! Chills!
#Gratitude #HowardJones #Brothers #JesseLeach #SoMuchLaughter #WeGood #killswitchengage #Pals #lightthetorch”

“So we had a little venting session about working in the studio with Adam D, Howard went in, I assisted. Adam deserved it ha ha… Such good times last night man! At some point I’ll talk more about it. I honestly didn’t really know Howard as a person until last night.

We’ve seriously just never hung out. A lot of really crucial stuff was said and I made a new friend…We have a lot in common, it’s crazy! It was also nice to see all of the guys hanging out in the same room sharing stories and tons of laughs.

The past is the past and when you let go of certain things, forgive and move on…life gets a whole lot sweeter. Really really cool hangs, my heart is full today. ???? #AdamD #killswitchengage #JesseLeach #HowardJones #TherapySession #LightTheTorch #RealTalk #NewFriend #SuchABlast #Hojo #Anxiety #Depression #Brotherhood #Headcases #LeadSingerIssues” More...

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The Weapon (Killswitch Engage) Premiere Debut EP

The Weapon, the new hardcore/punk outfit fronted by Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, have debuted their debut EP streaming via Bandcamp below. Guitarist Chris Drapeau, bassist Josh Mihlek and drummer Andy Mass complete the outfit’s lineup.

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Jamey Jasta Produced Dee Snider Album Completed

Recording sessions for the upcoming album from ex-Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider seem completed. Hatebreed, etc. frontman Jamey Jasta was instrumental in the project, overseeing the production and more. As you can see below, singer Howard Jones (Light The Torch, ex-Killswitch Engage, etc.) was also involved in the project.


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Killswitch Engage & Hatebreed Tour Rumored

It appears like Killswitch Engage, Haterebeed and The Word Alive will be touring together in the spring around some festival gigs. A few dates have leaked out so far:

04/26 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom (feat. Candiria)
05/01 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
05/02 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre
05/03 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance

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"Monster Energy Fort Rock" Fest Lineup Announced

An official announcement has been made concerning the lineup for the 2018 edition of the ‘Monster Energy Fort Rock‘ festival. The Festival will be held at its new home at Markham Park in Sunrise, FL and features the following lineups: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2018

The organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival has announced a string of new names for next year's edition of the event, which will be held over four days from June 21st to June 24th. In addition to the previously announced acts, Guns N Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden, the festival will also host such big names as British heavy metal icons Judas Priest, thrash metal legends Megadeth, Kreator and Exodus, nu metal giants Limp Bizkit and the Ice-T fronted, Body Count, amongst many others.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Guns N Roses
Iron Maiden
Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
A Perfect Circle
Limp Bizkit
Parkway Drive
Megadeth
Kreator
Body Count
Exodus
Anti Flag
P.O.D.
Killswitch Engage
Watain
Asking Alexandria
At The Gates
Less Than Jake
The Darkness
Iced Earth
Underoath
Amaranthe
Thy Art Is Murder
Powerwolf
Emmure
Marduk
Tesseract
Powerflo
Vader
Miss May I
Stray From The Path
Tyr
Knocked Loose
Arkona
Carnivore A.D.
Pist*On
Modern Life Is War
Asphyx
Planet Of Zeus
Akercocke
Blessthefall
Silverstein
Zeal & Ardor
Bolzer
Monuments
Stone Broken

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Killswitch Engage, Anthrax Announce Killthrax II

Killswitch Engage and Anthrax have announced "KillThrax II," a 29-city tour of North America presented by SiriusXM that kicks off January 25 in Montreal, Canada and will zig-zag across the continent to wind up in Portland, Maine on March 4th. Confirmed tour dates are below. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 20t at 10AM local time - go to www.anthrax.com for all ticket purchasing and VIP packages info.

Havok will serve as the opening act for the entire tour.

Said Anthrax's Frank Bello, "After playing so many amazing shows last year with our friends Killswitch Engage, I'm psyched for round two of KillThrax, and we're adding Havoc to the heaviness!!" Added Charlie Benante, "The shows were great, the audiences were great and we all felt great about the whole thing, so why not do it again?"

"We are looking forward to the next leg of the 'KillThrax' tour," said KsE singer Jesse Leach. "We had a blast on the first one and we enjoyed sharing the stage with the humble legends Anthrax! There is such a synergy between the two bands and a certain unity that is infectious, so it was a no brainer to put this package back together and hit the road. It's an honor and we are excited for these shows, the fans, and the good times! KillThrax is gearing up for round two, so let's keep the party rolling!"

As with the inaugural KillThrax tour, Killswitch Engage and Anthrax will rotate the show's closing slot on "KillThrax II."

Confirmed dates for KillThrax II are below: More...

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Jesse Leach Joining Mental Health Awareness Event

Chef Brian Tsao, known for his stint on Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay and Chopped, as well as his heavy metal persona on the web series Taste of Metal, is hosting Small Bites Of Hope: a pop-up culinary event benefiting the non-profit organization Hope For The Day.

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness month in May, Tsao will team up Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach to host a unique event that raises awareness for mental health advocacy and suicide prevention.

The event will offer exquisite catering from Tsao, signature cocktails from Bcraft, craft beer from Six Point Brewer, dessert from Snow Days, and more. Proceeds will benefit Hope for the Day, a non-profit organization that achieves proactive suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through self-expression platforms.

The event takes place Thursday, May 18th from 6PM to 9PM at the Gibson Guitars Showroom, in the historic Hit Factory Studios on 251 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019. More...

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Killswitch Engage Re-Releasing Album, Beer

Killswitch Engage's "Alive or Just Breathing" (Roadrunner) was released on May 21st, 2002 and has since secured its reputation as a modern classic, as noted by its election to Decibel's elite Hall of Fame canon.

The record celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and the band, which released most recent album "Incarnate" in March 2016, is commemorating the occasion with an 180-gram black vinyl version that drops on May 12th.

Additionally, a limited release beer, dubbed "Alive Or Just Brewing," will be released in conjunction with the vinyl. The beer is available in select markets, including Tampa, New York City, and the Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room. More info can be found here.

KsE is scheduled to play The Paramount Theatre on May 5th in Long Island, New York as part of The KillThrax Tour, a co-headlining bill with Anthrax that also features The Devil Wears Prada and Code Orange as support. The vinyl will be available for purchase on tour beginning that evening. Tthe "Alive or Just Brewing" beer will also be on tap for the show so fans can properly celebrate the anniversary and Cinco de Mayo. More...

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Killswitch Engage To Broadcast Show In VR

On Monday, April 17th at 7 PM CT, NextVR and Live Nation will broadcast live in virtual reality the Killswitch Engage concert at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas. Fans will get front row and on-stage access as they are transported to an immersive experience featuring this dynamic group performing for the first time in virtual reality.

Killswitch Engage is currently on a co-headlining tour with Anthrax, dubbed "The Killthrax Tour." The live VR broadcast will be available for free globally (except in China) through the NextVR app. Fans with a Google Daydream or Samsung Gear VR headset, along with a compatible smartphone, can experience the concert live by downloading the NextVR app from the Oculus store for GearVR or the Google Play store for Daydream. Full details are available here.

This concert is part of Live Nation's multi-year concert series with NextVR. Together, the two companies continue to provide live, virtual reality performances, transforming the way fans interact with artists and iconic venues, making access to live music events easier to achieve.

Broadcasting from multiple vantage points, NextVR and Live Nation deliver fans unprecedented access to live events they may not be able to experience in person.

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Las Rageous Dates And Lineup Announced

Sin City’s new two-day music festival, Las Rageous, is coming to the heart of downtown Las Vegas on Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd. Featuring some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal, the festival has launched a national flyaway sweepstakes for the inaugural event.

One lucky winner will receive two VIP Gold tickets to Las Rageous, roundtrip airfare, and three-night stay at The D Hotel. The deadline to enter is Monday, March 20th at Noon PT. Participants must be 21 or older and live within the Continental U.S. to enter. More...

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Las Rageous Festival 2017 Announced

This year marks the debut of Las Rageous, a two day music festival taking over two square blocks in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd.

Created by Live Nation, Las Rageous will feature performances from Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Anthrax, Coheed and Cambria, Killswitch Engage, Breaking Benjamin, and more with two stages in the heart of iconic downtown Las Vegas.

Charlie Benante of Anthrax stated, “We are looking forward to playing the Las Rageous festival, planning on making this first-time festival memorable.”

Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin said, “We’re really excited to be a part of Las Rageous in April. We love playing Vegas and are looking forward to being a part of this new festival.”

Amanda Moore of Live Nation explained, “Bringing an annual rock festival to this city has been a dream ever since we opened the Live Nation Las Vegas office. Rock and metal music have a rich history here in Sin City; from the bands it has fostered, to its wild and loyal fans, to KOMP - one of the oldest and most respected rock stations in the country.” More...

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Jasta And Code Orange To Support "Killthrax" Tour

Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage and thrash legends Anthrax announced in December that they will hit the road this spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands' itinerary will also include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin, as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill.

With Anthrax and KsE rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29th in Montclair, NJ and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7th. It was previously announced that The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates, and now more openers are being revealed.

Multi-tasking Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta will perform solo as Jasta and open the first 10 shows of the tour - including the two Killswitch Engage headline shows that do not feature Anthrax. Pittsburgh's Code Orange, having just released "Forever," will open all of the dates thereafter. Code Orange jumps on the tour on April 11th.

"Anthrax and Killswitch will be a really good blend for fans," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "We both play metal, but we play two different forms of the genre. I think fans of both bands are in for a 'Total Explosion of the Senses.'" Added the band's Frank Bello, "This Anthrax/KSE tour is a powerful ball of energy ready to unleash the metal in the U.S." More...

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The Devil Wears Prada Joining Anthrax Tour

The Devil Wears Prada will hit the road early in the New Year for a 27-date North American tour as special support to co-headliners Anthrax and Killswitch Engage. The trek, presented by SiriusXM, kicks off at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on March 29 and will zig-zag the continent, culminating in Boston on May 7.

This tour won't be the first time that TDWP - Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, vocals), Andy Trick (bass), and Kyle Sipress (lead guitar) - has crossed paths with either band.

Prada toured the U.S. with KsE in 2010, and played with Anthrax on the 2012 Mayhem tour. Additionally, Adam D., KsE's lead guitarist, produced two of Prada's albums - "Dead Throne" (2011) and "8:18" (2013).

"This tour will be a real treat," said Prada's Hranica. "We have an awesome relationship with Adam, he's one of the craziest, most fun dudes we know, and when it comes to thrash and metal, you don't get much bigger names than Anthrax and Killswitch."

The Devil Wears Prada will be putting together a special set for this tour. "I love the idea of going to a show and seeing bands whose music is in the same ballpark, but still different from each others'," Hranica added. "We have our own personal style on the side of metal, so we'll do some of our dark, heavy, noisey songs, but probably stay away from interludes inbetween. We'll have our own footprint on stage each night."

These dates will be in support of Prada's new and sixth full-lenth album, the 11-track "Transit Blues" (Rise Records). More...

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Anthrax Announces Tour With Killswitch Engage

Thrash legends Anthrax and metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage announce today that they will hit the road this spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM.

The itinerary will also include an April 15th appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill. With KSE and Anthrax rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29th in Montclair, NJ and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7th. The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates.

"Anthrax and Killswitch will be a really good blend for fans," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "We both play metal, but we play two different forms of the genre. I think fans of both bands are in for a 'Total Explosion of the Senses.'"

Added the band's Frank Bello, "This Anthrax/KsE tour is a powerful ball of energy ready to unleash the metal in the U.S." More...

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Killswitch Engage Teases Record Store Day Release

Today, Killswitch Engage officially drops "Beyond the Flames: Home Video Part II."

The release is a two-disc, Blu-ray and CD package exclusive to Record Store Day on 11/25/16.

Find a store near you carrying the set right here and check out a teaser trailer below.

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