Things have been quiet in the Killswitch Engage camp recently. Back in August the band had announced they were writing new material and have been quiet ever since. Today, bassist Mike D'Antonio checked in with an update, stating the band has eight demos done and are about to kick things into high gear: (more…)
Shortly after vocalist Brian Fair and drummer Jason Bittner confirmed on their Twitter accounts (here and here, respectively) that Shadows Fall has entered the studio, Razor & Tie announced the band has inked a new multi-album deal with the record company, and that fellow Springfield, Massachusetts-native Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage / Times of Grace fame will be producing the album. You can read the official press release after the jump: (more…)
It's been over a year since we've heard of any activity from the Killswith Engage camp. Adam D. kept himself busy with his new project, Times of Grace, and this new metal supergroup with Corpsegrinder and Shannon Lucas (that I can tell you is DEFINITELY happening). But, I guess that's not enough for him because he posted on the Killswitch Engage Facebook page that the band is about to write another record:
“YO! Its Adam D! We’re about to begin writing our new record. Thanks to all of our fans for waiting so friggin’ patiently…now let’s turn on the “riff faucet” and RAGE!” (more…)
Normally, I don't like to throw around the term "supergroup" because I feel the term has been basterdized anytime any group of people from separate bands come together for a project. I much prefer the term all-star group. But, if Adam D. is in fact working with George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher of Cannibal Corpse and Shannon Lucas, drummer extraordinary of Black Dahlia Murder then I feel supergroup is very appropriate. Here is what Adam D said in a recent interview with Lithium magazine: (more…)
Unearth have sent out a press release announcing the details of their current recording work. Instead of trying to poorly reword it, here it is in it's entirety:
We wanted to let everyone know that tracking for the new album has officially begun! We're currently at Zing Studios in Westfield, MA tracking drums with our sit in drummer for the album Justin Foley of Killswitch Engage/Blood Has Been Shed. Foley was an obvious choice for this album for many reasons, but mainly because of his abilities and knowledge of heavy music as well as his long time friendship with the band. A decade plus of friendship has made this an easy transition for the band, Foley and our producer/engineer Adam D.
In other news, we have decided to change the mixing engineer for the album to Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Devil Driver, Trivium, etc…) from Audiohammer Studios. Mark is another long time friend of the band and we're excited to hear what he can do with our sound on record.
Guitarist Buz McGrath added this irrelevant comment about working with Mark, "Mark Lewis mixed me a drink once and i woke up in a swamp covered in anti freeze."
As we said before, we're aiming at a mid to late June release for the album followed by massive World touring.
Justin Foley on drums? Things just got pretty interesting. I am excited to hear what comes out of these recording sessions. The band also sent us the above screenshot of working track titles. "Adam's Subway Eating Disorder" is in the lead for my favorite track title so far.
Times of Grace, the new act featuring former Killswitch Engage bandmates Jesse Leach and Adam D., have announced they will hit the road in February. While they haven't formally announced who else would be in their touring band, Leach has stated they have "a solid group of musicians on board." Opening acts for the tour will be Straight Line Stich and War of Ages. The band will be supporting their debut release The Hymn Of A Broken Man, out January 18th on Roadrunner. Here are the announced dates: (more…)
This is certainly interesting. Two of the founding members of Killswitch Engage, guitarist/drummer/producer Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach have formed a new project called Times of Grace. There was a lot of press release hyperbole to get through, but they have made it clear this album will not just be Alive Or Just Breathing Part 2. A lot of words like "catharsis" and "spirtual connection" were thrown around when it came to the recording process, so I assume we can expect the album to be more on the metalcore side, then say a black metal record. The duo is in the studio putting the finishing touches on "The Hymn Of A Broken Man which will see a November 9th release from Roadrunner Records. No new music has actually surfaced yet. Here is the full press release: (more…)
By Ben Apatoff
Five records into their career, NORMA JEAN aren't losing any energy. Most metalcore vocalists could learn from CORY BRANDAN's ferocious clean screaming, and there are enough good hooks to distinguish them from today's wave of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE imitators. The music is heavier and the lyrics are more thoughtful than kvltists will give them credit for, but there's still not enough here to suggest that Norma Jean deserve more than their current second stage spot at Mayhem fest. (more…)
Well, that's a relief. Looks like Howard Jones is hanging around Killswitch Engage after all. While the band haven't yet disclosed why Jones had to take time off, everything seems to have settled down and they are going back to business. The 4 date tour is basically in the northeastern portion of the country, not too far from their homes. Here are the dates:
May 19th Norfolk, VA – The Norva
May 20th Pittsburgh, PA – Ches-A-Rena
May 21st Rochester, NY – Water Street Music
May 22nd Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
June 27th Dessel, BEL – Grasspop Festival
By: Shannon Joy
After weeks of rumors circulating around possible tour replacements for KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Howard Jones, the band were finally joined onstage last night with former frontman Jesse Leach during a performance at The Filmore New York at Irving Plaza.
Leach joined his former band onstage for five tracks: “My Serenade”, “Numbered Days”, “Self Revolution”, “Vide Infra”, and “Temple From the Within”.
Before the show was over, Leach returned for a final encore with the band’s original lineup, featuring Adam Dutkiewicz on drums, Joel Stroetzel on guitar, and Mike D’Antonio on bass. The quartet performed “Prelude”, “Life to Lifeless”, and “Fixation on the Darkness”.
Fan-filmed footage of Leach performing "My Last Serenade" can be found below:
UPDATE: Killswitch Engage just announced Howard Jones is no longer in the band. Read the official statement.
Let me begin this post saying that this story is completely unconfirmed. But it sounds rather convenient. A few weeks ago Killswitch Engage announced that Howard Jones left the tour for personal reasons. Nobody was talking about what those personal reasons were. We heard rumors that he had back problems, we heard rumors that Killswitch was sending feelers out to other vocalists because they are looking to replace him, but nothing concrete. And, then yesterday, porn actress Allie Foster tweeted this:
Woah! What a bombshell. Who know's if it's true? We do know that a fellow metal blogger got a tip suggesting that Howard knocked up a porn star a few weeks ago but decided not to run with the story because it seemed absurd. And now this! Further browsing on her Twitter profile shows that Howard suggested the baby get aborted. Oh, did we mention Howard was married? Clearly this could be a big problem for him and his family. Then again, who knows if it's true.
Earlier today, Allie tweeted:
I DID NOT POST ANY OF THAT MY ACCOUNT HAS BEEN HACKED. THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER POSTS UNTIL I GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS.
Doing some investigating, you can see that all her previous tweets were posted using Tweetdeck (even before announcing the pregnancy) and yet this one was posted using Echofon. Could it be that somebody gave her a call and threatened some lawsuits if she didn't shut her mouth? Or her account really could have been hacked. Or this could all just be a big ploy for attention. I guess we'll find out soon enough.
The God of War III soundtrack is a Roadrunner showcase featuring six new songs from some of the label's biggest names (OPETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, DREAM THEATER, TRIVIUM) and new bands getting that infamous Roadrunner push (TAKING DAWN, MUTINY WITHIN.) Anyone who buys the game gets a voucher code to download the EP online, and anyone crazy enough to be a MIKE PORTNOY completist will surely blow $100 on the game–but don't say I didn't warn you. (more…)
Howard Jones has had to leave the current Killswitch Engage tour with Dark Tranquility and The Devil Wears Prada due to what the band is calling "unforeseen circumstances." All That Remains frontman Phil LeBonte will be filling in for Jones. (more…)
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have announced a headlining tour to kick off the New Year, and they are taking with them a band who was a huge influence on them, DARK TRANQULITY, as well as a band who I'm sure were influenced by the Boston natives, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Kind of interesting to see the band is scaling back a bit and playing smaller venues then in years past. Could it be because of a lack of interest in the band or the economy in general? Who knows. Full dates after the jump… (more…)
We are super pumped to present to you a full album stream of the new CD from EMPIRE SHALL FALL, the new band featuring founding KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Jesse Leach amongst its ranks. The band presents a something-for-everyone type vibe with influences ranging from MESHUGGAH to THE REFUSED. So, take a listen and if you dig what you hear pick up the CD next Tuesday, Nov. 17th via Angle Side Side Records. For more info on the band, visit their MySpace page.