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Killswitch Engage

"Killswitch Engage is a metalcore band with melodic death metal influences, from Westfield, Massachusetts, USA. KillswitchEngage's sound mixescrushing riffs, double bass drum patterns, and furious screaming-growling vocals with melodic elements.Their music is heavily influenced by theGothenburg music scene. A key feature of the band's sound is the use of complexsingle-note and power chord riffs featuring dual-guitar harmonies,often punctuated with pinch harmonic squeals.

Following the demise of his band Overcast in 1998, bassist Mike D'Antonio trawled the underground Massachu ...read more

"Killswitch Engage is a metalcore band with melodic death metal influences, from Westfield, Massachusetts, USA. KillswitchEngage's sound mixescrushing riffs, double bass drum patterns, and furious screaming-growling vocals with melodic elements.Their music is heavily influenced by theGothenburg music scene. A key feature of the band's sound is the use of complexsingle-note and power chord riffs featuring dual-guitar harmonies,often punctuated with pinch harmonic squeals.

Following the demise of his band Overcast in 1998, bassist Mike D'Antonio trawled the underground Massachusetts hardcoreand heavy metal scene insearch of a line-up for a new band. In 1999, D'Antonio met Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel,Aftershock's guitarists. Dutkiewicz became thedrummer, while Stroetzel remained on guitar. The trio searched for a vocalistand eventually hired Jesse Leach, formerly of Corrin and Nothing StaysGold. The now four member band took the name of"Killswitch Engage", a name proposed by D'Antonio after watching an episode of the FOX televisionprogram The X. Filesentitled "Kill Switch" by writer William Gibson after meeting Seattle industrial band Kill Switch...Klick.

While on tour with In Flames, the record label Ferret took notice to Killswitch Engage's aggressive live show. The band thensigned with the record labeland began recording their debut album.

This and their debut self-titled album was sufficient to earn the band a record deal with Roadrunner Records. Soon after theirsigning to Roadrunnerrecords, the band decided to become a five piece by bringing in former Aftershock drummer, TomGomes. In 2002 they released Alive or JustBreathing, a successful record which greatly increased the band's exposure andplaced them on the Billboard Magazine Heatseeker chart. The CMJ NewMusic Report described the record as "more addictivethan crack cocaine that's been smothered in nicotine AND drenched with chocolate..

Leach left the band in 2002 and was replaced by Howard Jones (heavy metal musician) of Blood Has Been Shed on vocals.The new lineup played onthe Road Rage tour in the UK and Netherlands in 2002 with 36 Crazyfists, and continued touringthroughout the rest of the year. In 2003 the bandreleased the song "When Darkness Falls" which appeared on thesoundtrack to the 2003 horror film Freddy vs. Jason.The same year they also playedthe Ozzfest, after which drummer TomGomes left the band to live in Los Angeles with his wife and pursue their current band,Something Of ASilhouette. He wasreplaced by Jones' fellow Blood Has BeenShed band member, Justin Foley, who also played in the jazzmetal band Red Tide.Justin'first tour with the band was the MTV2 Headbangers Ball tours.

The band's third album, and the first to feature Jones on vocals, was The End of Heartache which was released on May 112004. The album ultimatelywent on to sell more than a quarter of a million copies in the U.S. It also debuted on the top 40 ofthe Australian album charts on May 17, 2004following a successful tour of that country with Anthrax.

In the later half of 2004, the band supported Slayer on their US Jagermusic dates, and headlined shows with From Autumn toAshes, 18 Visions and 36Crazyfists. In addition, the track 'The End Of Heartache' became the main single for the movie"Resident Evil: Apocalypse", and in December 2004 thesong was nominated in the 'Best Metal Performance' category for the47th annual Grammy Awards.

In late 2004, 'The End of Heartache' was re-released as a special edition album, with a second disc featuring liveperformances of 'Fixation on theDarkness', 'Life To Lifeless' and 'My Last Serenade' accompanied with two bonus tracks, thererecorded 'Irreversal', featuring former vocalist JesseLeach on chorus vocals, and 'My Life For Yours', the Japanese bonustrack for the original release. During the summer of 2005, the band returned foranother spot on the Ozzfest tour.

On November 1, 2005, 'Alive or Just Breathing' was re-released as part of Roadrunner Records' 25th anniversary. It was re. released with a second discthat contains 'In The Unblind', 'When The Balance Is Broken', 'Numbered Days (Demo Version)','Transfiguration (Demo Version of Fixation on theDarkness)', 'Just Barely Breathing (Demo Version)', 'Fixation On The Darkness(With Howard Jones on vocals)', and 'AOJB Studio Out Takes', as well asthe music videos for 'My Last Serenade', 'Fixation onthe Darkness', and 'Life to Lifeless'.

On November 22, 2005, KSE released a live DVD titled '(Set This) World Ablaze' which had a live concert the band tapedduring their stop at thePalladium in Worcester, MA on July 25 2005. In addition to the live performance, the DVD alsofeatures an hour-long documentary about the band andall of their music videos.

The band returned to Chicopee, Massachusetts on February 19, 2005, to play an unannounced show in front of fans from theband's beginning days.The show was an album release party for guitarist Joel's brother's band, Once Beloved. According toRoadrunner Records' official website, KSE willbegin work on their next album this year, and it is rumored to be released inmid-to-late 2006." - Wikipedia « hide

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Disarm the Descent
04/02/2013

3.4
550 Votes
Killswitch Engage II
2009

2.6
1,148 Votes
As Daylight Dies
2006

3.5
2,180 Votes
The End of Heartache
2004

3.7
2,152 Votes
Alive or Just Breathing
2002

4
1,763 Votes
Killswitch Engage
2000

3.3
541 Votes
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Killswitch Engage: Remastered
2004

3.7
257 Votes

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