Jesse Leach Rejoins KSE
2012-02-07 by Dan FUCKING Gibbes | 132 Comments

After much speculation about who would take long-time singer Howard Jones' spot as the vocalist of pivotal metalcore band Killswitch Engage after he left at the beginning of this year, judging from the band's official page they've found a replacement. A photo of the band on their home page shows Jesse Leach smiling amongst his old band-mates, and while no official statement has been made by the band or their management with this picture alone it's safe to assume Leach is back on board.

Leach was in the band from it's inception till 2002 and recorded the both the band's eponymous debut as well as "Alive or Just Breathing."

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wakeupdead
February 6th 2012

2208 Comments


how did i know this would happen? stokeddddd

TheSpirit
February 6th 2012

17729 Comments


Pretty awesome news actually

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Dummit
February 6th 2012

351 Comments


i like em both...good move, i guess.

FictionalFlames
February 6th 2012

1516 Comments


Not surprised.

Ire
February 6th 2012

41754 Comments


okay

JakeStallion
February 6th 2012

398 Comments


Great news! Hopefully he can bring some life back to the band after their awfully boring last album.

BrahTheSunGod
February 6th 2012

1279 Comments


YESS. called this as soon as Adam and him started working together again. This should be good, Leach is a superb vocalist.

FrankRedHot
February 6th 2012

6448 Comments


No one seems to realize that Adam D is the one that's destroying KsE, not Howard. As long as Adam is running things, don't expect an improvement.

Dev518
February 6th 2012

573 Comments


Times of Grace had some good tracks and Alive or Just Breathing was great so I have pretty high hopes for this.

wacknizzle
February 6th 2012

12984 Comments


if i actually liked killswitch engage i'd be pumped. lol metalcore, not quite. swedish dm and thrash mixed with hardcore breakdowns does not make metalcore. Converge and Botch are metalcore.

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Fieryfenderz
February 6th 2012

1437 Comments


Could really pull KSE out of the gutter they've been in the past few years. The songwriting on the Times of Grace album was excellent IMO.

heyadam
February 6th 2012

1708 Comments


Oh my God yes!

Kris.
February 6th 2012

12307 Comments


SURPRISE SURPRISE

this is kinda cool tho

chesse13
February 6th 2012

2615 Comments


"No one seems to realize that Adam D is the one that's destroying KsE, not Howard. As long as Adam is running things, don't expect an improvement."

i thought i was the only one the realize that. i also think i'm in the minority but i'll really miss howard in this band



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heyadam
February 6th 2012

1708 Comments


And how is Adam D ruining things?

Scoot
February 6th 2012

17731 Comments


could see it being as good as times of grace but not better

FuzzyWookie
February 6th 2012

143 Comments


Nice. Happy to hear this.

FrankRedHot
February 6th 2012

6448 Comments


Adam D is the driving force behind the poppier hooks and riffs. I'm not saying making the music more radio-friendly is a
bad thing, but they haven't really convinced me there move into the mainstream is anything more than "meh."

heyadam
February 6th 2012

1708 Comments


Well I liked everything up until their second self-titled, which completely blew. But that was when they removed Adam D from the production process and listened to someone else, which resulted in a complete piece of crap of an album.

IAmHollywood
February 6th 2012

1443 Comments


reading this news article is probably the closest thing I will hopefully ever come to being exposed to this band any further

Ignimbrite
February 6th 2012

5320 Comments


"from it's inception"

yo um learn how to use your damn apostrophes

AfterTheBreakdown
February 6th 2012

7108 Comments


always liked jesse better than howard

chesse13
February 6th 2012

2615 Comments


no you haven't

Relinquished
February 6th 2012

24928 Comments


I knew this was gonna happen

this year gets better and better

AD does do the choruses most of the time but I think Joel got lazy with the thrash riffs and went with the direction the band was going indicated by the popularity with The End of Heartache.

PwnageEngage
February 6th 2012

14 Comments


lol @ Adam D destroying the band.

Although their last album was far from their best, you can't blame Adam for all of it. So what if they bring in hooks and more melodic riffs? Not only is he a superb guitarist but one of the best if not THE best producers in the Metal genre today.

He also is a HUGE impact in their live shows.

AfterTheBreakdown
February 6th 2012

7108 Comments


fuck off cheese!

thedougler
February 6th 2012

212 Comments


(fart sounds)

Gmork89
February 6th 2012

5510 Comments


YES

Jamdbz
February 6th 2012

82 Comments


Oh wow

Scoot
February 6th 2012

17731 Comments


"superb guitarist"

lol

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2012

50114 Comments


bad singer

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jayfatha
February 6th 2012

2883 Comments


That band pic is now awkward

Apollo
February 6th 2012

10290 Comments


awesome news

TechieCore
February 6th 2012

662 Comments


Fuck you all, Howard made this band. Sure Jesse was the first vocalist, but Howard made KsE who they are.

And I saw this coming, oh well, at least I can still listen to End of Heartache. Their next album will suck balls.

EyeForAnEye
February 6th 2012

1692 Comments


^
ssshhhhh

stoked.

AfterTheBreakdown
February 6th 2012

7108 Comments


no chance in hell they can make a shitter album than their last album.

FrankRedHot
February 6th 2012

6448 Comments


I didn't know you could call the backup/rhythm guitarist for a band with a mediocre one "superb." I guess that means KsE's lead guitarist must be Jimi Hendrix or Chuck Schuldiner.

WesMantooth
February 6th 2012

34 Comments


Fuuuuuuck yesssss.

Shuyin
February 6th 2012

11465 Comments


this guy is nowhere near howard



band sucks anyway

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theat001
February 6th 2012

86 Comments


I don't care if Leach comes back (haven't heard much from either of them to be honest...but what I have heard was pretty enjoyable), but I don't think they should have handled it the way they did. A lot of crazy kids got the idea in their head that one of them could replace Howard. Instead, they probably will just have Leach come back.

Relinquished
February 6th 2012

24928 Comments


mark my words that the next record will be better than their last two, maybe three

Yazz_Flute
February 6th 2012

18770 Comments


THERE IS A STRENGHTH IN NUMBAHS

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bloc
February 6th 2012

34774 Comments


Band was and will be average with any singer

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Gmork89
February 6th 2012

5510 Comments


They were always able to uplift me, a lot of good memories with their music.

joshieboy12345
February 6th 2012

5370 Comments


Awesome news, like both vocalists, their new album will rule.

Acanthus
February 7th 2012

9537 Comments


Jesse never impressed, but it'd be cool to have the band released some killer new material.

Gmork89
February 7th 2012

5510 Comments


This was pretty much the only way I wasn't going to be disappointing by Howard leaving.

BallsToTheWall
February 7th 2012

44194 Comments


Why is this news if it's not official?

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Butkuiss
February 7th 2012

4159 Comments


Nostalgia'ing like a biatch here. Seeing Times of Grace in a few weeks. Even more stoked now.

BassDemon333
February 7th 2012

3365 Comments


Yes oh my fucking god this is great news if its true

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MasBarHigeuoris21
February 7th 2012

1558 Comments


Great news! Hopefully their music will improve now

zrosschristian
February 7th 2012

281 Comments


OMG, THIS IS EPIC NEWS!!!!....if it's true.

Makemebad35
February 7th 2012

747 Comments


Not a bad move. Will be interested to hear how the new material sounds with him back.

dimsim3478
February 7th 2012

4902 Comments


Why is this news if it's not official?

It's not just a photo of the guys, it's actually the BACKGROUND to the website.

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snerefedsav
February 7th 2012

823 Comments


very unsurprising. don't know if that means the band will improve though. howard was a very good vocalist, so it's not like it was his fault the band started to suck in the first place

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2012

6096 Comments


LOLWUT

Rowan5215
February 7th 2012

25580 Comments


Lol at the comments that Adam is ruining the band. Not only is he an amazing producer, and NOT ONLY is he a rockin' guitarist, he also has an AMAZING voice. His clean vocals make this band.

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XingKing
February 7th 2012

10456 Comments


So who is going to do Howard's cleans now? I find it hard to believe Leach can pull that off.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2012

31095 Comments


Fuck you all, Howard made this band. Sure Jesse was the first vocalist, but Howard made KsE who they are.


How the fuck did Howard make this band? Pretty sure it was the members involved in Alive Or Just Breathing that "made" the band - Howard just came in afterwards and rolled with what was already established

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devious
February 7th 2012

297 Comments


The only people who honestly think Howard made the band are the same people who think Holy Diver was a KsE original.

Funeralopolis
February 7th 2012

11230 Comments


never really liked the new singer so it is good to see old guy back

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dimsim3478
February 7th 2012

4902 Comments


So who is going to do Howard's cleans now? I find it hard to believe Leach can pull that off.

Jesse's a lot more of a '90s style metalcore singer. No way he can pull off Howard's stuff but the application of his style to his own work is really fantastic.

sspedding
February 7th 2012

4753 Comments


ok.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2012

31095 Comments


A lot of Howard's cleans were really cheesy though, which probably made the cover of 'Holy Diver' such a great idea. Jesse always had far more conviction in his voice

devious
February 7th 2012

297 Comments


Truth Dev.

Acanthus
February 7th 2012

9537 Comments


Perhaps the band will go harder because of this, that'd be cool.

Emim
February 7th 2012

26618 Comments


Band was and will be average with any singer


Dallas Taylor.

Grimlin
February 7th 2012

840 Comments


jesse's kse had more variety than howard's so i'm happy for this as long as the music reverts/get's better

Tijnmans
February 7th 2012

354 Comments


I seriously don't give a shit

Ire
February 7th 2012

41754 Comments


bleh band

BassDemon333
February 7th 2012

3365 Comments


I agree with Deviant, Howard didn't make this band at all, they basically layed down the foundation of their sound when Jesse was involved. Not to mention Alive Or Just Breathing is easily their best album and how Jesse has improved drastically as a vocalist since then. I'm very excited for the new Killswitch album now.

KILL
February 7th 2012

71482 Comments


hes better than the black dude yea

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DarthMann
February 7th 2012

13815 Comments


still wont listen to kse soz

AdamK
February 7th 2012

987 Comments


I thought howard on the end of heartache and as daylight dies was pretty good

MoosechriS
February 7th 2012

4960 Comments


This is what i wanted to hear!!!! New album now please

Durrzo
February 7th 2012

1100 Comments


That's pretty fucking awesome. I really like Jesse's sound and he's gotten a hell of a lot better over the years. Excited for new material.

Strider
February 7th 2012

4598 Comments


So Good

iFghtffyrdmns
February 7th 2012

7047 Comments


definitely thought it was news about jesse lacey

bummer.

D41V30N
February 7th 2012

949 Comments


Thanks Captain Obvious. As if we didn't know this was about to happen.

iamSeraph
February 7th 2012

861 Comments


nothing surprising but ultimately it forces me to smile anyway.

simonpettersen
February 7th 2012

272 Comments


Sucks to see Howard leave... was kinda hoping for a Philswitch album tho... would've been sick, but loose All That Remains over Killswitch... haha, not happening. I like both singers tho, they have both much talent, Alive or Just Breathing is absolutely their most complete album to date. Haha, what will happen to Times of Grace now? Seeing how it's... the same band.

FearThyEvil
February 7th 2012

12489 Comments


I'll take Leach over Howard anyday. Plus, Jesse has improved considerably since he was in Killswitch.

Wizard
February 7th 2012

19343 Comments


This doesn't mean their music is going to improve so the band still sucks.

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Spec
February 7th 2012

27149 Comments


I'm just interested to see what they come up with. Howard is probably the better singer of the two but Jesse has more emotion in his vocals.

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iFghtffyrdmns
February 7th 2012

7047 Comments


CONGRATULATIONS


go stretch your ears and get a neck tattoo!

DinosaurJones
February 7th 2012

490 Comments


WOW THAT SURE CAME OUT OF LEFT FIELD.

MO
February 7th 2012

18522 Comments


Whoa

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2012

1987 Comments


I've always been a Howard fan, but Hymn of a Broken Man showed that Jesse grew to be the better vocalist. I'll be interested to see how this new album turns out, because it was the musical direction of KsE II that made it only mediocre, not the singing.

ABurton
February 7th 2012

137 Comments


sad day for the world of african-american metal,
a great day for everyone else.

Why so many beards?

FrankRedHot
February 7th 2012

6448 Comments


Guess they aren't black metal anymore.

ADemonicSloth
February 7th 2012

43 Comments


Great news, their best work was with Jesse, Alive or Just Breathing still sounds incredible to me after many years.

StrizzMatik
February 7th 2012

3186 Comments


Alive Or Just Breathing = one of the best metalcore albums of the 00's easily

omgraptors
February 7th 2012

813 Comments


the guy with the beard is awesome.

oh wait...

bloc
February 7th 2012

34774 Comments


Dallas Taylor.

Step Up rules, everything else is passable.

Imperial
February 7th 2012

1726 Comments


This could be good...

PurpleDino
February 7th 2012

3066 Comments


gonna spin AoJB in celebration

macadoolahicky
February 7th 2012

1835 Comments


cool story bro

but seriously, this is good I guess

austin888
February 7th 2012

331 Comments


Honestly, I was kind of surprised, considering all the other projects he has going on. This is good news nonetheless.

Timmons
February 7th 2012

561 Comments


yay. they look really cool in that pic.


TheSpirit
February 7th 2012

17729 Comments


if i actually liked killswitch engage i'd be pumped. lol metalcore, not quite. swedish dm and thrash [metal] mixed with hardcore breakdowns does not make metalcore. Converge and Botch are metalcore


lawyered

bloc
February 7th 2012

34774 Comments


Converge and Botch are two of the worst bands in metalcore

po0ty
February 7th 2012

487 Comments


i wonder whos dick is bigger...jesse or howards. anyone know?

Acanthus
February 7th 2012

9537 Comments


Idk, ask Allie Foster.

TomAkaVeto
February 7th 2012

1624 Comments


"Converge and Botch are two of the worst bands in metalcore"
Bloc, I hope you're trolling.

bloc
February 7th 2012

34774 Comments


He...ha....hehe.....HA....HAHA-







BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA

DieDead
February 7th 2012

222 Comments


Please tell me that the Allie Foster thing is a rumor.

AfterTheBreakdown
February 7th 2012

7108 Comments


hahahahaha

simonpettersen
February 8th 2012

272 Comments


@wacknizzle
Strange how they are concidered founders of metalcore....

dimsim3478
February 8th 2012

4902 Comments


^Mike was in an early-ish metalcore band (and even that was pretty fucking thrashy), but shit like Starkweather and Integrity were around LONG before these guys.

Butkuiss
February 8th 2012

4159 Comments


They're not 'founders' per se, but they sure as hell helped push it into the mainstream in a major way, especially the second-wave melodic metalcore style.

MuhNamesTyler
February 8th 2012

3870 Comments


Sweet news

TenSecondsToThink
February 8th 2012

1221 Comments


Alive Or Just Breathing was a great album, I wonder if the next one will be as well.

TenSecondsToThink
February 8th 2012

1221 Comments


poseaf

bennyola09
February 8th 2012

249 Comments


KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ANNOUNCE NEW SINGER: JESSE LEACH

HE SERVED AS BAND'S ORIGINAL SINGER ON LANDMARK ALBUM ALIVE OR JUST BREATHING


The band further said, "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."


chesse13
February 8th 2012

2615 Comments


why did Howard leave again? i bet it was just so this guy could come back

FrankRedHot
February 8th 2012

6448 Comments


Strange how concidered is really spelled considered.


It's also strange how the only person/site/publication that calls KsE "founders" is Wikipedia.

LowFatYogurt
February 8th 2012

39 Comments


holy shit this is great

eleventhsun
February 9th 2012

1475 Comments


Wow, the guy wasn't that good of a singer. Did some mellows, did some ok growls. Nothing life changing.

Did he write the music? I don't see how his return is gonna make them write good music.

BigHans
February 9th 2012

26455 Comments


best metalcore band ever

eleventhsun
February 9th 2012

1475 Comments


I think As I Lay Dying are better than these dudes. They aren't spectacular but I believe they write better music.

Apollo
February 9th 2012

10290 Comments


"Converge and Botch are two of the worst bands in metalcore"

Bloc....have my babies

BigHans
February 9th 2012

26455 Comments


Converge fucking suck

bloc
February 9th 2012

34774 Comments


Haha, it's nice to know a few guys who think similarly.

Imperial
February 9th 2012

1726 Comments


Converge and Botch are two of the worst bands in metalcore


Shut up man.

heyadam
February 10th 2012

1708 Comments


gonna spin AoJB in celebration [2]

AfterTheBreakdown
February 10th 2012

7108 Comments


me too

bloc
February 11th 2012

34774 Comments


Good because it's a battle not worth fighting for

Vorender
February 11th 2012

7 Comments


Adam D is my hero and favorite producer. Anything he touches turns to gold. Times of Grace was my 2nd favorite album of 2011 behind Fair to Midland. Welcome back Jesse!

bloc
February 11th 2012

34774 Comments


LOL that was good

Hospital
February 11th 2012

2053 Comments


definitely thought it was news about jesse lacey [2]

but srsly never was a killswitch fan

TrantaLocked
February 12th 2012

1512 Comments


"So who is going to do Howard's cleans now? I find it hard to believe Leach can pull that off."

Try listening to Jesse leach sing.

Immortallix
February 13th 2012

53 Comments


I kinda agree with the ppl saying crap about Adam, I used to think he was amazing, but all he does is churn out the same stuff every album.



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