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Formed: 1999
From: Boston, MA, United States
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Killswitch Engage Announces Headlining Tour

Grammy-nominated, Massachusetts-based hard rockers Killswitch Engage – singer Jesse Leach, guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, bassist Mike D'Antonio, guitarist Joel Stroetzel and drummer Justin Foley - have announced the first headline tour in support of new album "Disarm the Descent," which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 and at #1 on the Hard Music Chart.

The tour will feature support from As I Lay Dying and Miss May I, with Affiance opening. Tickets go on sale on April 12 or April 13, depending on the market.

"Everyone in the Killswitch family is excited to get out on our first U.S. headlining tour in support of our new record," Leach said. "We are hitting some great cities and have a great mix of songs from every era of Killswitch as well as of course a handful of new ones."

Leach continued, "We look forward to sharing this tour with our old friends and brothers in metal As I Lay Dying. I personally have never had the chance to tour with them and I am looking forward to having such a quality band out with us to give this tour even more fire! We will also be joined by a talented and up-and-coming band Miss May I. Thanks to all the U.S. fans for your support! Our live show will be full-on energy with all of us ready to take this to a whole new level."

Bassist Mike D. concurred, saying, "We are super excited to be back out with our good buds in As I Lay Dying! They are some of our favorite dudes to hang with on the road, so assumptions are high that utter chaos shall ensue. There will be so much metal riffage -- you could build your own Carnival Cruse Ship. That's right, 'CHUGGA CHUGGA Paralysis' is surely imminent." More...

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Sylosis Posts European Tour Trailer

UK-based modern thrash metallers Sylosis, whose latest album “Monolith” was released via Nuclear Blast in October 2012, recently announced that they’ll join Killswitch Engage on the upcoming “Disarm The Descent” European tour as special guests.

Killswitch Engage’s sixth studio album "Disarm The Descent" was released April 1st via Roadrunner Records. “Disarm The Descent” is the band’s first release since 2002 with original lead singer Jesse Leach.

Check out this new teaser trailer for the impending tour: More...

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Killswitch Engage Streaming Full New Album

Killswitch Engage will be releasing new album "Disarm the Descent" this coming April 2nd, 2013.

The band has now teamed up with Altpress.com to stream the full album online. Give the release a listen via Alternative Press here or through the player blow.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Hell In Me
2. Beyond the Flames
3. The New Awakening
4. In Due Time
5. A Tribute to the Fallen
6. Turning Point
7. All We Have
8. You Don't Bleed for Me
9. The Call
10. No End in Sight
11. Always
12. Time Will Not Remain More...

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Killswitch Engage Streaming New Song

You can now stream "The New Awakening," a song from Killswitch Engage's upcoming album "Disarm the Descent," through the player below.

The album will be available everywhere April 2nd, and pre-orders are now live via iTunes or from the band's website here. The track list is as follows:

1. The Hell In Me
2. Beyond the Flames
3. The New Awakening
4. In Due Time
5. A Tribute to the Fallen
6. Turning Point
7. All We Have
8. You Don't Bleed for Me
9. The Call
10. No End in Sight
11. Always
12. Time Will Not Remain More...

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Killswitch Engage Video Interview Available

Montreality has posted a new video interview online with Mike D'Antonio of Killswitch Engage, in which he speaks about the type of student he was, past jobs, how to make it in the music business, Killswitch's upcoming album "Disarm The Descent," and more. Check out the video clip below.

The band's new album "Disarm the Descent" drops on April 2nd, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. You can also check out the band's lyric video for "In Due Time" at this location.

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Sylosis Joining Killswitch Engage On Tour

U.K. based modern thrash metallers Sylosis, whose latest album “Monolith” was released via Nuclear Blast in October 2012, have just announced that they’ll join Killswitch Engage on the upcoming “Disarm The Descent” European tour as special guests. Catch the band live:

08.04. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
09.04. D Stuttgart - LKA
10.04. D Bochum - Matrix
11.04. D Hannover - Musik Zentrum
13.04. S Malmo - Kulturbolaget
14.04. NO Oslo - Rockefeller Music Hall
16.04. FIN Helsinki - The Circus
17.04. EST Tallinn - Rock Cade
19.04. S Goteborg - Brewhouse
20.04. DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio
21.04. D Berlin - C Club
23.04. D Munich - Theaterfabrik
24.04 AT Vienna - Arena
25.04. I Milan - Magazzini Gernali
26.04 CH Solothurn - Kofmehl
28.04. B Meerhout - Groezrock Festival
29.04. FR Paris - Le Trabbendo
30.04. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
02.05. UK Manchester - HMV Ritz
03.05. UK Glasgow - 02 ABC
04.05.UK Birmingham - The Institute
05.05. UK London - 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
06.05. UK Cardiff - Solus @ Cardiff University More...

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Killswitch Engage Posts New Video

Roadrunner Records artist Killswitch Engage has premiered a new video for “In Due Time,” the first single off forthcoming album, "Disarm The Descent." Directed by McFarland & Pecci, the video is now available to watch over at RollingStone.com here.

"Disarm The Descent," which was produced by the band’s very own Adam Dutkiewicz, marks the group’s first album with original vocalist Jesse Leach since 2002's breakout "Alive or Just Breathing."

Pre-orders for "Disarm The Descent" are currently available at Killswitch Engage’s official online store, with the full album arriving everywhere April 2nd. The track list is as follows:

1. The Hell In Me
2. Beyond the Flames
3. The New Awakening
4. In Due Time (check out the lyric video here)
5. A Tribute to the Fallen
6. Turning Point
7. All We Have
8. You Don't Bleed for Me
9. The Call
10. No End in Sight
11. Always
12. Time Will Not Remain More...

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Killswitch Engage Posts "In Due Time" Lyric Video

Killswitch Engage posted a lyric video for the new track "In Due Time." The song appears on the band's upcoming studio album, "Disarm the Descent," which drops on April 2, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. Preorders can be made at this location.

"Disarm the Descent" will mark the return of Jesse Leach on lead vocals since the 2002 release "Alive Or Just Breathing." The track list is as follows:

1. The Hell In Me
2. Beyond the Flames
3. The New Awakening
4. In Due Time
5. A Tribute to the Fallen
6. Turning Point
7. All We Have
8. You Don't Bleed for Me
9. The Call
10. No End in Sight
11. Always
12. Time Will Not Remain

Check out "In Due Time" here: More...

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Killswitch Engage Reveals New Album Artwork

Killswitch Engage has revealed the cover art to forthcoming studio album, "Disarm the Descent," via a 27-second trailer which also features a clip of new music. Check it out below. "Disarm The Descent" hits stores on April 2nd, 2013.

The track listing for the album, which was produced by guitarist Adam D. and is the first to feature Jesse Leach on lead vocals since 2002's "Alive Or Just Breathing," is as follows:

"The Hell In Me"
"Beyond the Flames"
"The New Awakening"
"In Due Time"
"A Tribute to the Fallen"
"Turning Point"
"All We Have"
"You Don't Bleed for Me"
"The Call"
"No End in Sight"
"Time Will Not Remain" More...

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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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