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Killswitch Engage Comments On Returning Vocalist Jesse Leach

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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."

The "new" guy himself also commented on his return to the band after a decade-long absence, saying, "It is a great honor to rejoin my brothers after all of these years. After some discussion and much reflection, it was obvious to me this was the path I was meant to take. We got together and jammed on the 'Howard-era songs,' as well as some Alive or Just Breathing-era songs and we all felt the synergy."

He continued, "I look forward to writing the new record, since the demos sound absolutely amazing, as well as breathing new life and getting comfortable with the soulful songs Howard has written. It is a new chapter of my life filled with new and exciting challenges. I will give all that I can to honor the position I have been given and take nothing for granted. I will sing every note with all of my soul. I am very blessed and very thankful to be back in the KsE family! All things happen in their due time and now is the time for this reunion and new direction."

KsE remain hard at work on its latest album, which follows 2009's second self-titled album. The band will perform at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest on April 22, 2012. Leach last performed with KsE in March 2010 in New York City, Clifford Park, NY, and Wallingford CT.

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1. Dasher10 writes:

Even though I feel that Howard has the better voice, Jesse always suited the band's sound better.

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2. psythe writes:

No disrespect to Jones, he was great, but OMG Jesse!!! :D

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3. hicks1784 writes:

guessing this means they r gonna be at ozzfest 12??

# Feb 9, 2012 @ 12:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RememberMetal? writes:

The debut and "Alive or Just Breathing" were great and the "End of Heartache" was decent but I never even bothered with them after that. Anyone have an opinion on the two newer records? I'll definitely give the next one a spin with Leach back in the band.

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5. Homer writes:

I actually liked "As Daylight Dies" more than "End of Heartache"; the songs were more varied and dynamic in "ADD" than the other. The self-titled you probably shouldn't bother with, but I think "As Daylight Dies" is an excellent addition to the KSE catalog.

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6. KanadianKoRn writes:

the last singer sang the same way all the time, every song was the same on his part, i always liked the instrumental side of the band but the last singer was garbage. glad leach is back thats for sure...

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7. cbella writes:

Love Jesse! Saw him last summer fronting Times of Grace, he blew me away! Such a presence and absolutely incredible live. I never really liked KsE after he left, just never quite warmed to the 'Howard era' stuff. Totally excited about this reunion!

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8. OverkillExposure writes:

Howard's a great singer and frontman, but his vocal patterns (at least the melodic parts) seemed to devolve into droning repetition as his career with KsE went on. The last album really drove that home for me; I was much less of a Howard fan after that, and finally admitted I really missed Jesse. And now look. :)

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