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Killswitch Engage

Grammy-nominated, Massachusetts-based hard rock band Killswitch Engage released the two-disc, Blu-ray and CD package Beyond the Flames: Home Video Vol. II in November 2016. Beyond the Flames is now available digitally and can be purchased here.

Beyond The Flames: Home Video Vol. II is a treasure trove of content, featuring more than 3.5 hours of footage. At the heart of this release is the 75-minute documentary that chronicles the return of original vocalist Jesse Leach, after nearly a decade away, to the band he helped form back in 1999. (more…)

Anthrax, from left: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna and Jon Donais

Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage and thrash legends Anthrax have announced they will hit the road this sSpring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands’ itinerary will include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin, as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill.

With KsE and Anthrax rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29 in Montclair, New Jersey, and then crisscross the continent, wrapping up May 7 in Boston. The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. local time Friday, Dec. 16. Log on to the KsE site, the Anthrax site or the TDWP site for all details regarding ticket purchasing and pre-sales. (more…)

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Howard Jones is the "Devil You Know"

Howard Jones is the “Devil You Know”

During his decade-long run as frontman of Killswitch Engage, Howard Jones took the band to a new level. With the smash 2004 album The End of Heartache (which featured “Rose of Sharyn”), 2006’s As Daylight Dies (featuring the hit “My Curse”) and the unexpected radio hit of its cover version of Dio’s “Holy Diver,” the band was credited with spearheading the rise of metalcore and had become a household name. Then, in 2010, on a winter tour with The Devil Wears Prada and Dark Tranquillity, Jones unexpectedly had to sit out, with All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach filling in. At the time, there was much speculation and rumors were flying about the reason for Jones’ absence (he got a girl pregnant, back injury, other health issues). Time passed and with little or no word as to what was happening with Killswitch Engage’s lineup, the band announced in 2012 what fans had been expecting: Howard Jones was out, and eventually, he was replaced full-time by Leach. But why was he out?  (more…)

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kse-disarmReview by Greg Maki
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“The Hell in Me” comes screaming out of the gate to kick off Disarm the Descent, the sixth studio album by Killswitch Engage and its first with original frontman Jesse Leach since 2002’s landmark Alive or Just Breathing. Like most of the disc’s dozen tracks, it’s a short song (only two top four minutes), yet the band packs so much into it that it takes the listener on a real journey with peaks and valleys, and changes in mood and tone. The songs will sound familiar to any who has heard Killswitch before—that blend of Euro-style metal and American hardcore that so many others have tried to replicate—yet there is a passion, energy and urgency powering the music that their peers, for the most part, lack. It’s an elusive quality that even Killswitch couldn’t fully capture on its previous effort, 2009’s self-titled album. (more…)

Joel Stroetzel of Killswitch Engage

Joel Stroetzel of Killswitch Engage

The ‘Descent’ of Killswitch Engage
Guitarist Joel Stroetzel on the band’s new album and the return of Jesse Leach

After releasing the landmark album Alive or Just Breathing in 2002 and achieving mainstream success in the years that followed, Killswitch Engage is poised to scale even greater heights with the return of its original vocalist, Jesse Leach, on its sixth album, Disarm the Descent. Less than two weeks before its release, Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with guitarist Joel Stroetzel to talk about the new disc, Leach’s return and more. (more…)

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Jesse Leach, left, and Adam Dutkiewicz of Times of Grace

Jesse Leach, left, and Adam Dutkiewicz of Times of Grace

It’s hard to remember a new band that set the metal world aflutter the way Times of Grace has in early 2011. The reason: The act teams Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz with his band’s original singer, Jesse Leach (who spent the better part of the past decade in Seemless and now fronts The Empire Shall Fall), for the first time since Alive or Just Breathing, the landmark Killswitch album released in 2002. The Times of Grace debut, The Hymn of a Broken Man, released Jan. 18, 2011, shows Leach and Dutkiewicz’s creative partnership is stronger than ever. The band recently kicked off its first tour in Baltimore, and before the show, Leach talked to Live Metal’s Greg Maki about all things Times of Grace. (more…)