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Formed: 1999
From: Boston, MA, United States
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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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Jagermeister Music Tour '04 News

The Jägermeister Music Tour is back, and due to overwhelming demand, Slayer returns to headline. Following the success of the Fall '03 Tour, Slayer has signed to once again lead the charge. Thrash/Punk/Metal mainstays will be joined by Killswitch Engage and Mastodon. The Tour is set to roar on October 29th in Springfield, Missouri.

American Recordings artists, Slayer - hands down one of the most distinctive and influential punk/thrash/metal bands on the planet - will headline The Jagermeister Music Tour, delivering its blast of über-noise night after night. Slayer will be fresh from their jaunt with this year's Ozzfest and a four-week co-headline European tour with Slipknot.

Celebrating the recent release of their box set, Soundtrack to the Apocalypse, and Gold sales certification of their War at the Warfield DVD, Slayer will release a brand-new DVD, Still Reigning, in October. The cornerstone of the video will be the live performance of "Reign In Blood," the band's 28-minute undisputed masterpiece that has been called the greatest speed metal album of all time. Slayer's video, "Bloodline," was recently named the "#1 Best Metal Video of the New Millennium (So Far)" by viewers of MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" and readers of Revolver magazine.

Killswitch Engage is considered to be one of heavy metal's best live acts. The End of Heartache, their third album, has been called " a stunning collection, retaining much of their signature (sound) but teasing with electric hooks ("The End of Heartache") and strategic use of silence ("When Darkness Falls")…" by Rolling Stone magazine.

Killswitch Engage is ready to stupefy crowds during this Tour. Songs from their latest release, The End of Heartache (Roadrunner Records), rage on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse soundtrack as well as the upcoming MTV2 Headbangers Ball, Volume 2 compilation.

Inarguably one of the most talked about bands in recent extreme music history, Relapse Records' Mastodon has awakened the slumbering heavy metal music scene. Their latest, Leviathan, is a monster of a release and has been called "Devastating" by Rolling Stone. The group, noted for their exhilarating live performances and unique sound, has just been named as one of Revolver magazine's 10 "Future of American Metal" bands as well as one of Alternative Press Magazine's 7 "Most Important Bands in Metal Today."

The fast-growing Jägermeister Music Tour is now in its fourth successful year. "The caliber of the talent we've been able to draw from is tremendous," says Rick Zeiler, Director of Marketing & Brand Development for Jägermeister, "and having Slayer on board again is huge. Slayer is a legend, and they are the perfect fit for Jägermeister and our fans."

Each show on the Tour will be rounded out by a Jägermeister-sponsored band. In addition, fans can expect the usual royal treatment with great giveaways from Jägermeister and show sponsors, Schecter Guitars, Peavey Electronics, Coffin Case and Meinl Cymbals.*

For more information on dates and cities visit www.jagermeistermusictour.com.

*Must be 21 years old to receive giveaways subject to availability and legal restrictions in each state.

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Vote For Best Metal Videos Of The New Millennium

MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.

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Watch The Get Thrashed Documentary Trailer Online

The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:

METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, EXODUS, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, DEATH ANGEL, SHADOWS FALL, MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STONE SOUR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, LAMB OF GOD, VIO-LENCE, KREATOR, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, VOIVOD, CHIMAIRA, BIOHAZARD, FOZZY/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, THE HAUNTED, D.R.I., SOILWORK, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HEATHEN, Brian Slagel, Jon & Marsha Zazula, authors Ian Christe (Sound of the Beast) and Steven Blush (American Hardcore), NY metal radio DJ Eddie Trunk, Rampage Radio's Ron Quintana and featuring the music of unsigned bands: EXIT TO ETERNITY, OSMIUM, CONCRETE COFFIN, VISCID, NOCTURNAL FEAR, KAOS, RESPONSE NEGATIVE, ULYSSES SIREN

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KSE Frontman Talks About Ups & Downs Of The Band

Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones spoke to the Hartford Advocate about his joining the band, the state of the metal scene and the hardships and benfits of touring and being in the band.

Speaking to the Advocate fresh off some serious touring -- something like 60 shows in 70 days, and spanning four continents -- the sacrifices inherent to the life of a professional musician are fresh in Jones' mind.

"I'm basically making money to pay for a place I never see," he says. "I just got to see some of my family for the first time in almost a year. I am constantly sick on the road. Last tour, I got bit by a spider and it ended up infected. I had to get three shots. One of my wisdom teeth came in and started to shatter inside my mouth, so I'd be spitting out pieces of that during shows. I sprained my ankle during a show, pretty much dislocated my shoulder during a show, it's just two months straight and you feel like chopped meat. That's the downside ... . I've completely destroyed some relationships because of being in a band. You definitely have your regrets when it comes to that. A lot of times it's great, and then other times, it's really just one of the saddest things you can do."

Read the full article at Hartford Advocate.

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Aggressive Music Festival Video Posted Online

Albany's Capital News 9 has posted a two-minute video report from this weekend's Aggressive Music Festival, which featured performances from a number of national heavy metal bands, including Slayer, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Superjoint Ritual, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed and Life Of Agony. Watch the video here.

Around 4,000 music fans from the Capital Region and as far away as California packed the Glens Falls Civic Center for the festival, which was organized in part by Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta. Back in May, a group of local people went around getting residents in the Glens Falls area to sign petitions (watch video here) against the concert due to some of the groups' questionable lyrics. But organizers, bands and fans said there's nothing wrong with this type of music.

Promoter Ted Etoll said, "They took one little isolated lyrical content and made everybody here to look like demons, which they aren't."

Mark Wellington of Queensbury said, "You know a lot of people were shaky about having guys like us come up here and have a festival, but overall it's just fans coming to listen to good music."

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Headbangers Ball CD Tracklisting

The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...

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Two More KsE, FATA Tour Dates Announced

Two more dates, both in Florida, have been announced for the upcoming Killswitch Engage, From Autumn to Ashes, Eighteen Visions and 36 Crazyfists tour:

August 21 - Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Cafe
August 22 - Tallahassee, FL @ the Floyds Music Store

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First KsE, From Autumn To Ashes Tour Date

The first date has been announced for the KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, EIGHTEEN VISIONS, and 36 CRAZYFISTS tour. That date is:

August 19 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe

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Metal, Metalcore Fill Out Resident Evil Soundtrack

Rob Zombie and A Perfect Circle will contribute new recordings to the fist-pounding soundtrack to the flick "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," which comes out August 24. Other artists signed on for the disc include Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil, and some unnamed emo/metalcore acts, according to a spokesperson for the project.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Killswitch Engage Confirmed For Jager Fall Tour

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have just been confirmed as direct support for SLAYER on the Fall edition of this years JAGERMUSIC 2004 tour. The tour will kick off October 13th and run through the end of November. Dates, cities, venues, etc. are all TBA.

However, fans will be able to catch the band before October when they kick off a tour with FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, 18 VISIONS and 36 CRAZYFISTS this August. FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES will be acting as direct support, with 18 VISIONS and labelmates 36 CRAZYFISTS acting as extra billing. 36 CRAZYFISTS will open all shows, and the tour is expected to run from August 13th through September 25th.

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Killswitch Engage To Shoot New Video

Killswitch Engage will be filming their second video for their latest album in early-July. The video will be for the track "The End Of Heartache" and should be ready for public consumption in August.

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More Killswitch, In Flames, As I Lay Dying Dates

More dates have been announced for the IN FLAMES / KILLSWITCH ENGAGE / AS I LAY DYING tour. Here are all of the confirmed dates:

May 03 - 2004 Clutch Cargos Pontiac, MI
May 04 - 2004 Vic TheatreChicago, IL
May 05 - 2004 The Quest Minneapolis, MN
May 06 - 2004 Pop's Sauget, IL
May 07 - 2004 The Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
May 08 - 2004 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
May 10 - 2004 Showbox Seattle, WA
May 11 - 2004 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
May 12 - 2004 Roseland Portland, OR
May 13 - 2004 Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA
May 14 - 2004 The Wiltern LG Los Angeles, CA
May 15 - 2004 Soma San Diego, CA
May 16 - 2004 Cajun House Scottsdale, AZ
May 18 - 2004 The Back Room Austin, TX
May 19 - 2004 The Meridian Houston, TX
May 21 - 2004 Masquerade - Atlanta Atlanta, GA
May 22 - 2004 House Of Blues - Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
May 23 - 2004 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
May 24 - 2004 9:30 Club Washington, DC
May 25 - 2004 Bogarts Cincinnati, OH
May 26 - 2004 Agora Theatre Cleveland, OH
May 27 - 2004 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
May 28 - 2004 Palladium Worcester, MA
May 29 - 2004 The Medley Montreal, QC
May 30 - 2004 Koolhaus Toronto
June 01 - 2004 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY

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New Killswitch And In Flames Tour Dates

A few more tour dates have been confirmed for the upcoming Killswitch Engage, In Flames, and As I Lay Dying tour for this spring. The dates are as follows:

May 3 - Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargos
May 4 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
May 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
May 6 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's Sauget
May 7 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
May 8 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 10 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
May 11 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
May 12 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
May 13 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
May 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG
May 15 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
May 16 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House
May 18 - Austin, TX @ The Back Room
May 19 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian
May 20 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 22 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
May 25 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 29 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
June 1 - New York, NY @ Roseland

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Download KillSwitch Engage's 'Rose Of Sharyn' MP3

As previously reported, and taken from the upcoming May 11th The End Of Heartache release, Roadrunner Records and Killswitch Engage have released the mp3 for 'Rose Of Sharyn'. You can download it here.

The new Killswitch Engage release, The End Of Heartache, is expected in stores May 11th.

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New Killswitch Engage Song To Be Online 3/26

This coming Friday at Roadrunner Records will mark people's first chance to hear new music from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The song will be 'Rose Of Sharyn' for which the band shot a video for last week. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's new CD, 'The End Of Heartache' is in stores May 11th.

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In Flames: More Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for the forthcoming IN FLAMES/KILLSWITCH ENGAGE headlining tour, with AS I LAY DYING as support, they are:

May 3 - Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargos
May 4 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
May 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
May 6 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's Sauget
May 7 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
May 8 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 10 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
May 11 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
May 12 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
May 13 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
May 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG

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Killswitch Engage Shot Video For "Rose Of Sharyn"

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE shot a video for the track "Rose Of Sharyn" in Los Angeles, California earlier today (March 18). Check out photos from the shoot at this location.

"Rose Of Sharyn" comes off the group's upcoming CD, "The End of Heartache", due on May 11 through Roadrunner Records.

The follow-up to 2002's "Alive or Just Breathing" was produced by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and is currently being mixed at Backstage Studios in Ripley, Yorkshire with Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, SKINLAB).

Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are the following:

01. Bid Farewell
02. World Ablaze
03. When Darkness Falls
04. Rose of Sharyn
05. Declaration
06. Take This Oath
07. The End Of Heartache
08. Break the Bonds

"The End of Heartache" is the group's first full-length release with vocalist Howard Jones and drummer Justin Foley. Artwork for the CD was designed by the band's bass player, Mike D'Antonio.

D'Antonio is no stranger to album cover design as he has taken on the task for the previous KILLSWITCH ENGAGE albums as well as for several other up and coming like-minded bands such as SHADOWS FALL and UNEARTH.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will be teaming up with IN FLAMES for a co-headlining North American tour beginning on May 3 in Pontiac, Michigan. Also appearing on the bill will be AS I LAY DYING.

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Killswitch Engage Choose Single & Plan Video Shoot

Killswitch Engage have chosen the track "Rose Of Sharyn" as the first single from their upcoming new album "The End Of Heartache". A video will be shot for the track later this month. "The End Of Heartache" will be released through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam on May 11th. In the meantime, the band will hit the road for a co-headlining North American trek with In Flames from May 03rd through till June 04th, followed by a European trek with Shadows Fall, Chimaira and God Forbid. Dates and venues for both outings are currently pending.

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Killswitch Engage, In Flames To Co-Headline Tour

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and IN FLAMES will be teaming up for a co-headlining North American tour beginning on May 3 in the Midwest. The month-long run will tentatively wrap up on June 4 on the East Coast. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

In other KILLSWITCH ENGAGE-related news, the group recently became the first in metal's "new" generation of bands to scan over 100,000 copies. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the band reached this milestone recently with their debut Roadrunner release, "Alive Or Just Breathing".

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are set to release their highly anticipated third album, "The End of Heartache", on May 11 through Roadrunner Records. The band will debut their new material in a live setting as one of the headliners at the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival on Friday, April 30.

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Headline News

Anthrax Officially Part With Bassist, Frank Bello

ANTHRAX manager Tim Dralle has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that bassist Frank Bello is no longer a member of ANTHRAX. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to internal reasons, Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) will be temporarily handling bass playing duties for ANTHRAX on their upcoming tours of Japan and Australia." More information will be made available soon.

As previously reported, ANTHRAX will be joined by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and SOILWORK on their upcoming headlining tour of Japan and Australia. The dates are as follows: More...

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