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Formed: 1999
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Killswitch Engage: Trapped Between Two Eras?

In the wake of Killswitch Engage’s second self-titled album – fifth overall – in 2009, I heard the trajectory of the band’s career summed thusly:

“If Killswitch Engage were a transsexual, ‘The End Of Heartache’ [2004] would be the cross-dressing phase, ‘As Daylight Dies’ [2006] would be the transition phase, and ‘KsE II’ would be the full transformation into a woman.” More...

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Killswitch Engage Reveals New Album Title

Grammy nominated, Massachusetts-based hard rockers Killswitch Engage (consisting of singer Jesse Leach, guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, bassist Mike D'Antonio, guitarist Joel Stroetzel and drummer Justin Foley) have announced "Disarm the Descent" as the title of their upcoming sixth album.

The 12 track record is due out April 2nd on Roadrunner and is the follow-up to 2009's self-titled release. "Disarm the Descent" is the band's first album with original singer Leach at the vocal helm since 2002's "Alive or Just Breathing." Leach returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade long absence.

The first single, "In Due Time," will be made available digitally on February 5th. Album pre-orders will kick off in early February, as well, with more details forthcoming. More...

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Jesse Leach Performs Bad Brains Cover

On November 6th a benefit concert was held in NYC for Amnesty International and the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief fund.

The house band, led by guitarist Todd Youth, performed a set of Bad Brains covers, joined by a wide variety of guests, including Bad Brains frontman H.R., country singer Steve Earle, John Joseph of the Cro-Mags, Kyp Malone of TV On the Radio, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach.

Check out footage of Jesse Leach performing "I Against I" in the player below. Killswitch Engage will also launch a North American tour on November 24th. Bad Brains was also covered in an edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, which can be read right here.

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Acaro Added To Killswitch Engage Tour

Massachusetts face-melters Acaro have been added to the Killswitch Engage Tenth Anniversary "Alive or Just Breathing" Tour with Shadows Fall. The band will fill the opening slot for one of 2012's most anticipated tours that will see a Jesse Leach-fronted Killswitch Engage performing their classic "Alive or Just Breathing" in its entirety.

Acaro is touring in support of its debut, "The Disease of Fear," which was released on October 2nd through Goomba Music. If you missed the official video for the track "Becoming the Process," it has been posted below. The tour kicks off on November 24 at the California Metal Fest 6 and wraps up on December 29 in Clifton Park, NJ. See below for all of the tour dates:

11/24 San Bernardino, CA - NOS Event Center (California Metalfest VI)
11/25 San Francisco, CA - Slims
11/27 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
11/28 Portland, OR - Hawthorne
11/30 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
12/01 Kansas City, KS - Beaumont Club
12/02 Dallas, TX - Trees
12/04 Tampa, FL - State Theater
12/05 Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
12/07 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
12/08 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
12/10 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
12/11 Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
12/12 Toronto, ON - Opera House
12/14 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
12/16 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
12/17 Brooklyn, NY - Willamsburg Music Hall
12/18 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
12/19 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
12/20 Portland, ME - State Theater
12/27 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
12/28 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
12/29 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall More...

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Killswitch Engage To Headline California Metalfest

Killswitch Engage will be headlining the upcoming California Metalfest. It's a special gig for the Grammy-nominated, Massachusetts metal band celebrating its 10th anniversary of 2002's "Alive or Just Breathing." To commemorate the album, KSE will play the album in its entirety, from start to finish, as well as other more recent tracks.

The sixth annual California Metalfest will be held at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA on Saturday, November 24th. Ash Avildsen, founder of California Metalfest had this to say: "Alive or Just Breathing is one of the most important and timeless albums for this era of heavy music. KsE's special headlining set combined with the rest of the line-up is going to make for an incredible day of metal and memories. Having all these bands in the same place on one day is really exciting both as a fan and as a festival producer."

WWE Superstar "Mankind" Mick Foley will be hosting the festival along with several other stars TBA who will be doing signings and appearances. There will also be many carnival style prize games where fans can win special, limited edition band merch and memorabilia instead of stuffed animals. More...

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Bands Say Farewell To Roadrunner Records UK

Roadrunner Records has posted a video clip online of band members saying farewell to the U.K. staff, which can be viewed below. The label also commented:

"When we were at Download Festival this year we decided to get a few of our bands in front of the camera to bid our Roadrunner UK colleagues a fond farewell. There are some lovely messages of support from the bands and there's even a message from Download promoter, Andy Copping. Check out the clip below.

"Just to reiterate, Roadrunner UK is still open and operating, we just don't have the full team that we used to have. We really appreciate all of your awesome support and your partience with us getting this Download footage online later than we had hoped." More...

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Killswitch Engage Festival Set Posted Online

Killswitch Engage has been doing the rounds at European festivals this summer, one of which being Rock Am Ring. YouTube user Max406Plus has now uploaded footage of the entire set, which can be viewed in the player available below.

The band is also currently working on a new album. To find out what's happening with the upcoming release, see what front man Jesse Leach had to say at this location.

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Killswitch Engage Vocalist Talks New Album

Killswitch Engage, which is currently embarked on the Trespass America tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium, and more, is now performing a new song titled "No End in Sight" during the band's set. Roadrunner Records got in contact with newly returned frontman Jesse Leach to discuss the tour and the upcoming Killswitch Engage album. Excerpts from the interview follow:

Roadrunner: So what can you say about the next record at this point?

I’ve got a couple of songs done, I’ve got a bunch to go, but I’ve got a lot of ideas. I listen to it every once in a while out here just to keep me familiar with it, so when I get home and attempt to finish the record, it’s still fairly fresh in my mind. Sonically, this is definitely – it’s got a more urgent feeling to it. It’s a lot faster, there’s definitely huge melody going on, but the songs are a lot shorter. Not one song really goes over the three and a half, four minute mark. I just anticipate lyrically and vocally it to be a very urgent record. We’re at a state in this world right now where someone needs to talk about what’s going on. There’s a lot of apathy in this world, there’s a lot of really screwed-up stuff in our government and the world’s governments, and the whole class vs. class thing, the protests that happened all around the United States – there’s a lot of unrest, and I think it kinda needs to be touched upon. And it’s up to the metal community to have a voice, and that’s what I’m aiming to do with this next record – make it very important. Make it matter.

Roadrunner: Given that you’ve been out of the band for 10 years – obviously they’ve welcomed you back, but is everybody on the same page regarding what the songs will be about? Are you running the lyrics past them as you go? More...

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Five Finger Death Punch Headline Trespass America

Introducing Trespass America, a newly-minted music festival set on revitalizing the metal scene with some of the most current and credible bands in hard rock/metal. A co-production with Trespass America and Metal Hammer, the biggest metal magazine in the U.K., the tour kicks off July 13 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, and will cover 31 cities in two months between July and August with stops across the United States. Ticket on-sales begin this Friday, April 27.

Opening the show will be newcomers Battlecross, the most-played new band on the SiriusXM channel, "Liquid Metal." New Jersey monsters God Forbid, who just released a brand new album "Equilibrium," will stir up the circle pits with new songs and hits spanning their long career. Deathcore masters Emmure are coming out swinging in support of their new album, "Slave to the Game." Michigan's Pop Evil will carry the torch of grassroots hard rock to the crowd, while the melodic guitar thrash of Trivium and the reunited lineup of metalcore legends Killswitch Engage will bring a crushing intensity to Trespass America. More...

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Killswitch Engage Back with Jesse Leach at NEMF

After losing his singer – again – Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz says he considered ending the band he’s been a part of since the turn of the century.

“That thought definitely did cross my mind,” Dutkiewicz told Metalundergound.com recently. “Picking up the pieces after losing two singers is kind of ridiculous. But things worked out and we feel like a stronger unit.”

Adam D and his longtime bandmates – Mike D’Antonio, Justin Foley and Joel Stroetzel – first dealt with losing original singer Jesse Leach back in 2003, just as the band was taking off with its sophomore release, Alive or Just Breathing. Leach was battling depression and was replaced by Blood Has Been Shed’s Howard Jones, who went on to front the Massachusetts-based band as they earned a Grammy nomination and two gold albums and headlined sold-out arenas and festivals.

When Jones left last year to deal with his own personal demons, Dutkiewicz and the crew didn’t have to think too hard before deciding to bring Leach back into the fold. Dutkiewicz and Leach had toured together with their side project Times of Grace and have remained friends, despite the messy breakup a decade ago.

“Jesse did have an edge because he used to be the actual singer of the band. And he’s a great friend of mine,” Dutkiewicz said.

Dutkiewicz says he keeps in touch with Jones, who is considering writing a book about his experiences in Killswitch.

“Howard and I still chat and honestly he’s just doing his thing,” Dutkiewicz says. “We all wish him his best. He’s doing alright. He’s just chilling.”

For Leach, singing songs written by Jones took some time getting used to, but he says the emotion behind the words is what’s allowed him to make the songs his own.

“Initially it was kind of a strange thing for me . . . I’ve never sang someone else’s songs, my whole career,” Leach says. “I just sat with the songs and just listened to them. For me, it was really just taking them in and digesting them, and seeing how I could connect with the lyrics. I just fell in love with the songs. I think they’re great songs. It’s just honest. It’s just him pouring out his heart.”

One of his favorites to sing is “Arms of Sorrow” from 2006’s As Daylight Dies.

“That song moves me,” Leach said. “It’s such an honest song from Howard. It speaks volumes about being on the road and trouble with relationships. There’s something to that song that gets me.”

“Plus, the song crafting is Adam. It’s flawlessly written hooks,” he continues. “It’s just getting into the mind state of feeling every word I’m saying. I can’t stand on stage and pretend.”

Leach will make his return official Sunday at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass.

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Emmure Added To NEMH Festival Lineup

Victory recording artists Emmure will join the already-stacked lineup of the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Sunday, April 22nd.

"We couldn't be more excited and grateful to be a part of this year's NEMHF," said vocalist Frankie Palmeri. "Some of my favorite bands are playing and I think this is the best line up it's had in years."

Emmure will join a lineup of more than 75 bands, from Billboard-charting artists and festival veterans to new acts and future stars of the genre, as the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival takes over the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the weekend of April 20th through April 22nd.

A camera crew will be on hand this year to document the show for an upcoming film focusing on the history of the festival, behind the scenes footage and the development of the show. The documentary will be produced by Manny Santiago from Crimson Media and sponsored by Shook Clothing. More...

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Heavy MTL Fest 2012 Lineup Announced

The organizers of the Heavy MTL festival have now announced the lineup for the 2012 edition, which will take place on August 11th and 12th in Montreal. Further details on the festival are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Saturday August 11th

SYSTEM OF A DOWN
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
CANNIBAL CORPSE
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
JOB FOR A COWBOY
KATAKLYSM
PERIPHERY
THE FACELESS
VEIL OF MAYA
GOATWHORE
FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
ROSE FUNERAL
ORIGIN
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N.E. Metal And Hardcore Festival Announces Line Up

The New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 14 has announced the line-up for all three days of the event, which will occur from April 20-22nd at the Worcester Palladium. This is the longest running festival in the U.S., and the acts scheduled for each of the days follow below. More acts are being confirmed for this 14th annual festival as we speak. For ticket information head over to the festival's website.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20th:

The Black Dahlia Murder
The Acacia Strain
Oceano
All Shall Perish
Nile
Skeletonwitch
Lionheart
Fleshgod Apocalypse
First Blood
Molotov Solution
The Contortionist
Reign Supreme
Conducting From The Grave
Fit For An Autopsy
Incendiary
Palehorse
Hour Of Penance
Legion and Relentless More...

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Limp Bizkit To Headline Graspop 2012

American nu metal veterans Limp Bizkit have been confirmed as the final headliner for this year's edition of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. Also newly confirmed for the festival are Behemoth, Black Label Society, Godsmack, Slash and All Shall Perish, while the organisers have also announced that Young Guns and Lagwagon have pulled out of the event. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Ozzy Osbourne and friends (Headliner)
Limp Bizkit (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
Alestorm
All Shall Perish
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Behemoth
Black Label Society
Black Spiders
Black Veil Brides
Cancer Bats
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Europe
Exodus
Godsmack
Gojira
H20 More...

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Saxon To Play Download Festival 2012

Legendary U.K. metal band Saxon announced that the band will perform at this year's Download Festival in Donnington this year, which runs from June 8-10, 2012. The band will play the main stage on Saturday, June 9, 2012 with Metallica and Tenacious D.

Saxon's announcement reads as follows:

"Back in Donington! We are more than happy to announce that Saxon will perform on the mighty Download festival in UK!

"After the superior performances in 2008 & 2010 and the legendary gig in 1980 (which was recorded and released as a bonus disc on the latest Saxon album 'Call To Arms') and the storming gig in 1982, Saxon will rock the main stage together with bands like Metallica, Tenacious D, Steel Panther and and and...

"This will be the 5th Saxon appearance in Donington! Follow the call to arms and march to the holy grounds of Castle Donington to celebrate another powerful and great Saxon show!"

For the full lineup for Download, check out the tour poster here: More...

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Obey The Brave To Play NEMHF 2012

Canadian metal/hardcore band Obey The Brave will make its U.S. debut at the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Friday, April 20th.

The new band features former members of Century Media recording artists Despised Icon and Mediaskare's Blind Witness.

"Some of my favorite touring memories took place at the Palladium," said vocalist Alex Erian. "So stoked to be back and can't wait to play Obey The Braves' first US show ever at the NEMHF. Shit's about to get real, fellas."

Obey The Brave is managed by Good Fight Entertainment and is now working on its debut album for a label to be announced.

The 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. More...

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Nine More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have confirmed a further nine names for this years edition of the event, including French death metal outfit Gojira, English doom metal veterans My Dying Bride and American hard rock legends Twisted Sister, as well as I Killed The Prom Queen, Cancer Bats, Lagwagon, While She Sleeps, Black Spiders and Kobra And The Lotus. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly: More...

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Download 2012

The organisers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further five bands for this years edition of the event. Metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage has confirmed, as have NOFX, Nightwish, Shinedown and Black Veil Brides. The festival will take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park in the United Kingdom.

The lineup is now as follows:

The Prodigy (Headliners)
Metallica (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
Anthrax
As I Lay Dying
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Billy Talent
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides
Chase and Status
Devildriver
Devin Townsend Project
Fear Factory
Five Finger Death Punch
Ginger Wildheart
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Nightwish
NOFX
Periphery
Reckless Love
Shinedown
Slash
Soundgarden
Steel Panther
Tenacious D
Trivium
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six

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Killswitch Engage Comments On Returning Vocalist

As was previously announced, Killswitch Engage has reunited with former vocalist Jesse Leach. The band has now issued the following official statement:

"Killlswitch Engage are pleased to announce that they have filled the singer vacancy in the band and they have done so with a familiar face: original vocalist Jesse Leach.

"Leach sang on the band's first self-titled album, which came out in 2000, and on their landmark 2002 Roadrunner debut Alive or Just Breathing. Leach left the band in 2002 and was replaced by Howard Jones, but his work on Alive or Just Breathing has always been revered by diehard, longtime KsE fans. Things have come full circle a decade later, and Leach and the band couldn't be more pleased about this reunion.

"After much deliberation and careful consideration, we are pleased to announce that Jesse Leach has rejoined Killswitch Engage. Our job was to find the best person to fill Howard's shoes: a decision based on talent and not familiarity.

"Truth be told, Jesse blew us away in auditions. The room seemed charged with electricity. He commanded both new and old material, and proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he wanted to do this. The choice became very clear and apparent.

"This change is very exciting. We know you're going to love it. This is truly a new era in KsE history and it is ready to shred your face off. So, please help us in welcoming Jesse back into the KsE family; he is a rare and great talent, a fact that older KsE fans have known for years. Here is to a killer new record and a bright future. The five of us cannot wait to write this record and play shows together and bring that feeling to our fans. It's been far too long." More...

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Killswitch Engage Reunites With Former Singer

Westfield, Massachusetts based metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage has announced that the band has reunited with former vocalist Jesse Leach, following the recent departure of singer Howard Jones owing to his struggle with type 2 diabetes amongst other reasons. The band is currently recording a new album and will be performing in Europe this Summer.

Leach was a member of the band from 1999 to 2002, during which time he performed on the band's self-titled debut album and the subsequent sophomore effort, "Alive Or Just Breathing."

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