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Formed: 1999
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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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KSE Guitarist Fills In For 36 Crazyfists Bassist

36 Crazyfists bassist Mick Whitney has made his return to the stage, broken bones and all. However, Mick is currently on his way back to Alaska due to extenuating circumstances. That being said, there are still a handful of dates left to be played on this tour...and yes, the show will go on...

Who will be playing bass for 36 CF on these remaining shows? Hint: He was originally the drummer for Killswitch Engage, and is now on guitar. Yes, Jack-Of-All-Musical trades, Adam Dutkiewicz.

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Powderburn To Open For Slayer

Metal artist Powderburn has secured a slot in the Jägermeister Music Tour’s date in San Antonio, headlined by heavy metal icons Slayer. This tour is sponsored by Jägermeister, one of the world's leading premium spirit brands - and imported from Germany by Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. This represents their Fall tour edition, which is also featuring Killswitch Engage and Mastodon. The show is scheduled for Friday, December 3rd at Sunset Station in San Antonio. "It still hasn't really set in yet," adds Ken Lockman, PB’s guitarist and lead vocalist. "There's a few bands you dream about opening for and Slayer is definitely one of them."

Earlier this year, Powerderburn, based out of Austin, Texas, obtained a full sponsorship by Jägermeister. Other Texas dates in the Jägermeister Music Tour include Dallas, Houston and Corpus Christi. For more info, please visit Powderburn's official website and Jagermeister Music Tour.

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Pre-order Jagermeister Music Tour Tickets

Currently on a headline run of the states with From Autumn To Ashes, Eighteen Visions, and labelmates 36 Crazyfists, KsE will be heading out this Fall on the Jagermeister Music Tour with Slayer and Mastodon. Now this ain't some mamby-pamby concert, this is metal as it wasintended to be, and you can pre-order tickets to this event as follows:

You will need a password to pre-order tickets starting 9/8 at 10am thru 9/9 at 5pm (local times). The pre-sale password is "blood" (case-sensitive).

The first 100 pre-sale purchasers over 21 in each market will receive a "Limited Edition Jagermeister Tour Bandana" at the venue the day of the show (all markets except for Dallas, Seattle, and Spokane).

Dates, venues, cities, and links for pre-ordering are listed below (note, you will need to do a search for 'Jagermeister' or 'Slayer' to find your city to purchase tickets): More...

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Complete Jagermeister Tour Dates

Dates have been announced for the upcoming Jagermeister tour, featuring Slayer, Killswitch Engage, and Mastodon. Here is the complete list of tour dates: More...

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Slayer Explain Myrtle Beach Cancellation

A representative at Slayer's management company has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the band's cancellation of their scheduled headlining appearance in Myrtle Beach, SC Wednesday night (Sept. 1):

"Tom Araya, Slayer's bassist/vocalist, was treated and released from a Myrtle Beach, NC hospital on Wednesday after experiencing severe pain due to a kidney stone. Slayer — who has had to cancel only one show in the band's twenty-one-year career — was unable to play the Myrtle Beach headlining 'Off-Fest' concert, but did play yesterday's [Sept. 2] Ozzfest show in Tampa. With the final Ozzfest show on Saturday in West Palm Beach cancelled due to Hurricane Frances, Araya will be able to go home early and be treated by his personal physician."

Slayer will headline this fall's Jägermeister Music Tour beginning on October 29 in Springfield, Missouri. Support at all dates will come from Killswitch Engage and Mastodon.

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A Few Jagermusic Tour Dates Released

Two more dates for this Fall's Jagermusic Tour have been announced. The three dates known so far are as follows:

November 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
November 21 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
December 7 - Denver, CO @ TBA

This Fall's tour features SLAYER, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, MASTODON and a local Jager band opening the show.

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Kerrang! Music Awards Nominations Released

SLIPKNOT, METALLICA, THE DARKNESS, H.I.M., RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and BLINK-182 are battling it out for the "Best Band" award at the Kerrang! Awards 2004, according to the BBC News.

The nominees for Kerrang! were revealed at a live gig in London on Tuesday (August 24), where bands like the LOSTPROPHETS, BIFFY CLYRO and MINUS performed for 500 delighted rock fans.

Previous big-name winners include FOO FIGHTERS, BON JOVI, MARILYN MANSON, AC/DC and IGGY POP.

Seven of this year's awards have been voted for by the public, with the remainder judged by the Kerrang! team.

The awards themselves will take place at a top-secret location on Thursday.

Kerrang! Awards 2004 nominees:

Best British Newcomer:


Best International Newcomer :


Best Single:

ASH – "Orpheus"
LOSTPROPHETS – "Last Train Home"
THE RASMUS - "In The Shadows"
H.I.M. - "Funeral Of Hearts"
LINKIN PARK - "Breaking The Habit"
EVANESCENCE - "Going Under"

Best Album:

SLIPKNOT -"Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)"
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE -"The End of Heartache"
MUSE – "Absolution"
LOSTPROPHETS - "Start Something"
BLINK-182 – "Blink-182"

Best Video:

BLINK-182 - "I Miss You"
SLIPKNOT – "Duality"
NEW FOUND GLORY - "All Downhill From Here"
H.I.M. - "Funeral of Hearts"

Best Live Band:


Best Band On The Planet:


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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.

Videos you can vote for: More...

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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:


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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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