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brutal_descent
01-04-2012, 11:35 AM
From the band's Facebook:

To our family, friends and fans: We have decided to continue on without Howard Jones as the singer of Killswitch Engage. We love Howard and are thankful for the nine years that we've had him in the band. Out of respect for everyone involved we will not be discussing the specific reasons behind this decision. Howard is a part of our family and always will be, and we wish him well. He has left big shoes to fill, so we certainly have our work cut out for us to find the next singer of Killswitch, something we plan on making priority #1 going forward. Most importantly, thanks to all of you for all the support throughout the years and for sticking by us for all this time. We really do appreciate it and we very much look forward to having a new record for all of you in the not too distant future that we can all be proud of. Sincerely, Adam, Joel, Mike & Justin.

street_burial
01-04-2012, 11:37 AM
oh shit

DementedX14
01-04-2012, 11:39 AM
:scared:

Wow, hopefully Jesse fulfills his role again but I'm doubtful.

Epidemic Reign
01-04-2012, 11:46 AM
:party:

brutal_descent
01-04-2012, 11:47 AM
:party:

:flame: :finger2:

dtgamerat
01-04-2012, 11:48 AM
Did NOT see this one coming. Hope everything turns out okay for Howard. Here's to the hopeful return of Jesse.

mastodon421
01-04-2012, 11:48 AM
FUCK, this makes me really sad. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Jesse came back.

ChildrenofSodom
01-04-2012, 11:51 AM
I really like Howard's voice, especially his clean singing. Probably related to that pronstar he impregnated.

Natrlhi
01-04-2012, 11:54 AM
I really like Howard's voice, especially his clean singing. Probably related to that pronstar he impregnated.Yeah...he's gotta clean up his act so's he can be a good Dad.

Steev
01-04-2012, 11:54 AM
Not a huge surprise since the band has been quiet for awhile, but still weird


I'm pretty sure I saw his last performance with the band in May '10 at Rock On The Range

Xenocide
01-04-2012, 11:55 AM
Awwww....

Token black metal dude now gone.

Dextrimental
01-04-2012, 11:56 AM
Not a huge surprise since the band has been quiet for awhile, but still weird


I'm pretty sure I saw his last performance with the band in May '10 at Rock On The Range

I seen him at Graspop 2010 with them, sorry to burst your bubble dude!

Man.... come onnnn Jesse!!!

BloodoftheKings
01-04-2012, 11:58 AM
Token black metal dude now gone.

I've never seen Howard wearing corpse paint.

Xenocide
01-04-2012, 12:01 PM
*drum crash*

I see what you did there.

Natrlhi
01-04-2012, 12:08 PM
I've never seen Howard wearing corpse paint.Nicely done.

300%_Density
01-04-2012, 12:12 PM
I've never seen Howard wearing corpse paint.

Zing

Epidemic Reign
01-04-2012, 12:14 PM
:flame: :finger2:

:finger:

Sorry, but he pretty much ruined the band for me. Not at first, but after a couple albums I grew tired of his vocals.

Steev
01-04-2012, 12:16 PM
I seen him at Graspop 2010 with them, sorry to burst your bubble dude!

Man.... come onnnn Jesse!!!

Last US performance then


and honestly Id be surprised if Jesse came back, he's already working on The Empire Shall Fall and a solo release(plus still doing a handful of shows as Times Of Grace)

jd091
01-04-2012, 12:17 PM
Wow, hopefully Jesse fulfills his role again but I'm doubtful.

In an ideal world that'd be perfect, but it will never, ever happen.

I'm really looking forward to who they'll use as a replacement. Howard had the perfect clean metalcore voice; way better than Jesse in my opinion. It's gonna be huge shoes to fill.

Dextrimental
01-04-2012, 12:25 PM
In an ideal world that'd be perfect, but it will never, ever happen.


I wouldn't discount it, considering how well Times of Grace did, and how KsE is bound to be better money, and how they're all on good terms. Throw on top of that the fact Jesse's voice is still on top form, in studio and live, and the fact he was called in for a couple of songs when Howard left mid tour, and I actually think it seems quite likely he'll at least be tried out for the part.

ravenheart
01-04-2012, 12:34 PM
Bring back Jesse and make this band good again. Everything he's done since has sucked, KsE have basically sucked since he left, these two things are not coincidences.

moobys37
01-04-2012, 12:50 PM
And nothing of value was lost.

In fact, it could be what saves this band from extinction.

Natrlhi
01-04-2012, 01:10 PM
The only thing about this band that I've ever given a fuck about is as follows:

If "Killswitch" is indeed one word (which it isn't), then why do people abbreviate it "KsE"? It's not like it's necessary to mention the "s" if it's the middle of a single word (which, again, it isn't).

Also, is their name so f-u-c-k-i-n-g l-o-n-g that it's necessary to abbreviate it at all? Are you really that lazy?

Ya know what? Fuck it. I'm jumping on the bandwagon.

HEY GUISE SRSLY I SHORE DO LIKE ME SOME O DAT LmM THERE NU ALBUM GALLOWS IS TEH SHIT YO

dcmetal108
01-04-2012, 01:16 PM
No End Of Heartache is one of my favorite albums every and KSE with Howard is one of my favorite bands ever.

Also in all honestly when I started learning how to do vocals years ago Howard Jones was my main inspiration.

This news makes me a very sad man.

John The Drummer
01-04-2012, 01:18 PM
:party:

@Facebook #Like

ChildrenofSodom
01-04-2012, 01:34 PM
Awwww....

Token black metal dude now gone.

Ahem.

http://www.sweetslyrics.com/images/img_gal/12956_sepultura1%20(1).jpg
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/25666687/Animals+As+Leaders+DradePhotography_AAL09_01_Pros. jpg
http://images.metalpaths.com/article/article-god-forbid.jpg
http://www.metalchaos.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/suffocation_photo.jpg

BloodoftheKings
01-04-2012, 01:37 PM
http://dampling.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/SUICIDAL_TENDENCIES_0041.jpeg
http://fourplayercoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Body+Count+BC.jpg

xStructualDefect
01-04-2012, 01:38 PM
The only thing about this band that I've ever given a fuck about is as follows:

If "Killswitch" is indeed one word (which it isn't), then why do people abbreviate it "KsE"? It's not like it's necessary to mention the "s" if it's the middle of a single word (which, again, it isn't).

Also, is their name so f-u-c-k-i-n-g l-o-n-g that it's necessary to abbreviate it at all? Are you really that lazy?

Ya know what? Fuck it. I'm jumping on the bandwagon.

HEY GUISE SRSLY I SHORE DO LIKE ME SOME O DAT LmM THERE NU ALBUM GALLOWS IS TEH SHIT YO

>mad

And yeah this is a real bummer Howard has some amazing clean singing. I think that's what stood out about them the most.

brutal_descent
01-04-2012, 01:38 PM
Thread succesfully hijacked :lol:

300%_Density
01-04-2012, 01:45 PM
The Body Count picture is the winner of this thread IMO

street_burial
01-04-2012, 02:11 PM
http://i2.listal.com/image/1391197/936full-oceano.jpg

MPF
01-04-2012, 02:33 PM
I didn't realize how fat everyone was in Oceano, maybe that explains why they only play breakdowns, they can't play anything faster. :lol:

But seriously....

I'm kinda bummed about this, but it probably means that Jesse is coming back so.....AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!

mankvill
01-04-2012, 02:39 PM
Please break up :eek:

mastodon421
01-04-2012, 02:44 PM
Please break up :eek:

:finger2:

AnthG
01-04-2012, 03:14 PM
End of Heartache is the band's best album. The last album they did sucked, but that was mostly due to the overall shitty songwriting. It'll suck to see him go, but if Jesse re-joins, then i guess that's cool.

ravenheart
01-04-2012, 03:19 PM
SHORE

That's longer than the proper word. You fail at dumb ;)

WOLVERINEKILLS
01-04-2012, 03:24 PM
I hope KsE gets a new vocalist and Jesse keeps TESF and Times Of Grace.

MPF
01-04-2012, 03:33 PM
I hope KsE gets a new vocalist and Jesse keeps TESF and Times Of Grace.

Are they still around? I only remember their debut album.

John The Drummer
01-04-2012, 03:37 PM
http://playnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/image001-12.jpg

Steev
01-04-2012, 03:59 PM
Are they still around? I only remember their debut album.

just started on a new release

300%_Density
01-04-2012, 04:02 PM
:finger2:

Manky is mad bc he's never seen a better band since seeing them @ Mayhem Fest back in '09 :cool:

hellawaits77ny
01-04-2012, 04:26 PM
Never been a KSE fan, but it's always sad to see a quality, respected metal band lose a member like this.

Xenocide
01-04-2012, 04:31 PM
http://playnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/image001-12.jpg

/thread

Natrlhi
01-04-2012, 04:37 PM
You fail at dumb ;)aw, shuX0rz :(

Nater
01-04-2012, 04:57 PM
I honestly think that Myke from Bury Your Dead would be a good replacement. His cleans arn't nearly as deep but he definitely has a similar style to how Howard did vocals. I'm pretty bummed that he is out of the band but I saw it coming because even in interviews they wern't saying whether Howard was with them or not and dodged the question plus I was putting his mental state in question with that last album.

Epidemic Reign
01-04-2012, 05:02 PM
http://www.metal-metropolis.com/Hirax/hirax_katon.jpg

hellawaits77ny
01-04-2012, 05:02 PM
I honestly think that Myke from Bury Your Dead would be a good replacement. His cleans arn't nearly as deep but he definitely has a similar style to how Howard did vocals. I'm pretty bummed that he is out of the band but I saw it coming because even in interviews they wern't saying whether Howard was with them or not and dodged the question plus I was putting his mental state in question with that last album.

As a side note , I fucking HATED him in BYD. I respect his vocal talents, but the stuff they did w/ him sucked IMO.

Nater
01-04-2012, 05:10 PM
I didn't mind him he just veared them into a more modern radio metalcore band then what they were before. Not a lot of people did like him in there tbh.

electrocute1031
01-04-2012, 05:34 PM
Hopefully Howard leaving won't effect the show at NEMHF. Would be amazing to see Jesse at least fill in at Metal Fest, but still won't get my hopes up that he will.

Magson13
01-04-2012, 05:57 PM
Boring live band. Boring studio band. They can just fade away, I wouldn't care.

detuned
01-04-2012, 06:23 PM
just started on a new release
just released a new EP actually, which is the first of 3

as far as KSE goes, itll be career suicide if they get someone new. there is no fucking reason in the world for jesse not to be in the band now.

dcmetal108
01-04-2012, 06:31 PM
I wonder if Howard will start a new band or go back to one of his old ones.

masterguy49
01-04-2012, 06:39 PM
I wonder if Howard will start a new band or go back to one of his old ones.

Depends if he left or got kicked out. If he got kicked, possible. If he left, I'm sure he left because he doesn't have the time to make music and tour.

mankvill
01-04-2012, 07:07 PM
http://www.fmp666.com/moonlight/blasphemy1.jpg

makethemsuffer12
01-04-2012, 07:32 PM
Well if it's black guys in metal bands you want:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Bll0__MK8

But srsly, I hope and fucking pray that Jesse comes back. I mean fuck, TOG is practically KSE anyway. Get Jesse back, make a kickass album, and go on tour and play a bunch of shit from the first 2 albums and the TOG album. Problem solved. I'd be interested in Jesse singing Howard's stuff as well.

jd091
01-04-2012, 08:45 PM
Keep wishing all you want, Jesse's made it clear he's completely done with Killswitch. I doubt he'd ever even make a reunion appearance at all at any point in the future.

BloodoftheKings
01-04-2012, 08:48 PM
Keep wishing all you want, Jesse's made it clear he's completely done with Killswitch. I doubt he'd ever even make a reunion appearance at all at any point in the future.

Didn't he already join them on stage once on that tour where they had the singer of All That Remains filling in for Howard?

jd091
01-04-2012, 08:59 PM
Didn't he already join them on stage once on that tour where they had the singer of All That Remains filling in for Howard?

Well... maybe. :lol: But I'd still bet money he doesn't join the band again.

dcmetal108
01-04-2012, 09:57 PM
Well... maybe. :lol: But I'd still bet money he doesn't join the band again.

Yea I'm almost 100% sure Jesse will never come back to KSE since during his TOG shows he made it clear he has nothing to do with anything KSE.

coltongsmith
01-04-2012, 10:05 PM
Well... maybe. :lol: But I'd still bet money he doesn't join the band again.

Phil himself commented that he will not join

makethemsuffer12
01-04-2012, 10:32 PM
Phil himself commented that he will not join

Talking about Jesse Leech, bud.

Steev
01-04-2012, 10:53 PM
Didn't he already join them on stage once on that tour where they had the singer of All That Remains filling in for Howard?

Jesse has made SEVERAL appearences with the band, I saw him sing "My Last Serenade" with the band(minus Adam D) in 2005 and it was incredible

detuned
01-05-2012, 04:22 AM
Keep wishing all you want, Jesse's made it clear he's completely done with Killswitch.
id like to see exact quotes supporting this, because im inclined to think youre misinterpreting something he said.
Yea I'm almost 100% sure Jesse will never come back to KSE since during his TOG shows he made it clear he has nothing to do with anything KSE.
uhh, yeah he had nothing to do with them, since you know, he wasnt in the band.

Magson13
01-05-2012, 04:36 AM
as far as KSE goes, itll be career suicide if they get someone new. there is no fucking reason in the world for jesse not to be in the band now.

They already committed career suicide by playing shitty music throughout their entire discography.

converge241
01-05-2012, 05:04 AM
Wonder if they will get someone in time for New England Hardcore Metal Fest. They were already supposed to be announcing a surprise headliner today now might need to find a replacement for KSE.

Steev
01-05-2012, 05:18 AM
Wonder if they will get someone in time for New England Hardcore Metal Fest. They were already supposed to be announcing a surprise headliner today now might need to find a replacement for KSE.

the word is they do Metal Fest with Jesse

detuned
01-05-2012, 05:20 AM
i highly doubt howard's actual departure happened JUST yesterday. i dont think they would be booking metal fest, a bunch of european festivals/tour, working on a new album and projecting a summer release, if they didnt already have someone in line.

Steev
01-05-2012, 05:21 AM
i highly doubt howard's actual departure happened JUST yesterday. i dont think they would be booking metal fest, a bunch of european festivals/tour, working on a new album and projecting a summer release, if they didnt already have someone in line.

Im sure this has been awhile coming, especially when the band has been quiet for atleast a year and a half

converge241
01-05-2012, 05:52 AM
thanks for the jesse tidbit

if they have someone lined up they really should anounce it (as in permanent replacement). Especially in todays fickle age if I were them I wouldnt want uncertainty hanging over their heads in the public eye

Steev
01-05-2012, 05:53 AM
thanks for the jesse tidbit

if they have someone lined up they really should anounce it (as in permanent replacement). Especially in todays fickle age if I were them I wouldnt want uncertainty hanging over their heads in the public eye

honestly, I could see them do a handful of festivals with Jesse, then after the summer move ahead with a new record and singer

dcmetal108
01-05-2012, 08:52 AM
id like to see exact quotes supporting this, because im inclined to think youre misinterpreting something he said.

uhh, yeah he had nothing to do with them, since you know, he wasnt in the band.

I meant when asked about doing HIS KsE songs during the TOG tour he made it clear he wanted nothing to do with KsE. He didn't want to play the songs he made with them or even talk about it.

detuned
01-05-2012, 09:22 AM
youre probably misinterpreting or remembering incorrectly as well. any time ive ever heard or read jesse talk about his past with KSE and those songs, hes been nothing but extremely proud. just because they wouldnt play any songs doesnt mean he wants nothing to do with the band. they wanted TOG to be a completely seperate thing (even though it might as well just been a KSE album) so its understable that they didnt.

Steev
01-05-2012, 10:31 AM
youre probably misinterpreting or remembering incorrectly as well. any time ive ever heard or read jesse talk about his past with KSE and those songs, hes been nothing but extremely proud. just because they wouldnt play any songs doesnt mean he wants nothing to do with the band. they wanted TOG to be a completely seperate thing (even though it might as well just been a KSE album) so its understable that they didnt.

yeah he didn't want TOG to be KSE, like how The Damned Things didnt play ETID songs

Travis The Dragon
01-05-2012, 03:07 PM
I think it's sad and ironic that more people give a shit about this nothing band than the new Maiden song that's coming out.

mankvill
01-05-2012, 03:30 PM
I think it's sad and ironic that more people give a shit about this nothing band than the new Maiden song that's coming out.

fanboy

Dextrimental
01-05-2012, 03:34 PM
I think it's sad and ironic that more people give a shit about this nothing band than the new Maiden song that's coming out.

Hardly consider Killswitch Engage a 'nothing' band at this stage. Plus the new Maiden, fans will get excited when there's something to get excited about, any band doing a cover has never really been something to sing about.

street_burial
01-06-2012, 12:29 PM
from facebook
Message From Howard: Well, I guess I will shed a little light without going too deep. As some of you may know, I've had a pretty interesting couple of years to say the least battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that went unchecked for years. The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and to be honest they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me.

Recently we've all been in writing mode but somehow I couldn't get excited about the new album and all the touring that would go with it. The guys saw it before I did. In hindsight I now realize that my heart wasn't in it. I have had an amazing decade with KSE. I love Justin, MikeD, Joel and Adam for hanging in there and standing by me no matter how bad it was. I have so many good memories, and those are the ones that I will keep. Will I be involved in music again? Sure, I have been in bands for a little over half my life, can't stop now. Until then, get the new KsE album, it's going to be good. Thanks everyone for letting me try to entertain you, and I wish myself well in my future endeavors. Gone fishin' Howard

Epidemic Reign
01-06-2012, 03:09 PM
Regardless of who takes Howard's place, I just hope the band puts that dreadful Dio cover to rest.

AnthG
01-07-2012, 11:49 AM
Their cover of Holy Diver was awesome. So fuck you guy!

MPF
01-07-2012, 03:38 PM
As much as it sucks to have Type II diabetes, that doesn't stop people from going on tour. Look at Warrell Dane.

But the other part of the story does make sense. Some people just grow out of the music they've done for so long.

electrocute1031
01-08-2012, 07:17 PM
Facebook update from Jesse's page:
"I go where the spirit leads me."

metallicbrian666
01-08-2012, 07:33 PM
Facebook update from Jesse's page:
"I go where the spirit leads me."
Lead him back to Killswitch damnit

detuned
01-08-2012, 07:56 PM
Facebook update from Jesse's page:
"I go where the spirit leads me."
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=247041908697957&id=160966187305530

and then on his personal page he posted "Ecclesiastes 3"
https://www.facebook.com/JesseLeachmusicisinmyblood/posts/343701108990802

http://bible.cc/ecclesiastes/3-1.htm

Magson13
01-08-2012, 08:13 PM
Lead him back to Killswitch damnit

You like Killswitch? At least Katy Perry is respectable..... But this is too far, youngster.

Rocco44
01-08-2012, 08:35 PM
You like Killswitch? At least Katy Perry is respectable..... But this is too far, youngster.

Nothing wrong with Alive or Just Breathing.

jd091
01-08-2012, 08:40 PM
You like Killswitch? At least Katy Perry is respectable..... But this is too far, youngster.

Nothing wrong with Alive or Just Breathing.

The only even close to "meh" thing KSE has done was their 2009 self titled. Everything else is fucking great.

Magson13
01-08-2012, 09:12 PM
The only even close to "meh" thing KSE has done was their 2009 self titled. Everything else is fucking great.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

MPF
01-08-2012, 09:15 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Yeah we all know this more of Fa...Magson's style anyways:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsQGi_h6ag8

brutal_descent
01-09-2012, 11:38 AM
We've been getting a lot of inquiries about the KsE singer position. If you are interested, please send an MP3 or a song link, a photo and a brief description of yourself to the management email address provided in the contact section of killswitchengage.com. thanks KsE

:eyes:

ChildrenofSodom
01-09-2012, 11:59 AM
Facebook update from Jesse's page:
"I go where the spirit leads me."

Song title from Times of Grace.

I never listened to the first 2 KsE albums, but I really liked Howard's voice (growls and clean singing.) I'm listening to Alive or Just Breathing now, and I don't hate it. Not sure I get the "omg Jesse is SOOO much better" sentiments, but whatever.

I tend to not like early Shadows Fall, Unearth, God Forbid, and As I Lay Dying too. I guess melody is too important for me.

detuned
01-09-2012, 12:23 PM
this is getting fucking retarded

@JESSELEACH: stop trying to read Inbetween the lines of my posts. If I have something to say, I WILL say it. For the moment I have no comments on KSE. (https://twitter.com/#!/JESSELEACH/status/156464092847161345)

llama lom
01-09-2012, 01:11 PM
Read the most recent update:
http://www.killswitchengage.com/

dcmetal108
01-09-2012, 01:27 PM
So no more Howard and no chance of Jesse or Phil from ATR.

They've come to letting the fans be the new singer. Just like Dragonforce did.

Epidemic Reign
01-09-2012, 01:46 PM
this is getting fucking retarded

@JESSELEACH: stop trying to read Inbetween the lines of my posts. If I have something to say, I WILL say it. For the moment I have no comments on KSE. (https://twitter.com/#!/JESSELEACH/status/156464092847161345)

Goddamn. You don't have to be such a little bitch about it, Jesse. ;)

metallicbrian666
01-09-2012, 01:52 PM
I find it hard to believe that they're going to be able to keep going without an established vocalist

ChildrenofSodom
01-09-2012, 03:11 PM
Times of Grace already exists, which means 1) Adam and Jesse like working together and it is only natural that he will come back to KsE, or 2) Adam and Jesse like working together but they have a different vision for each project, and don't want to collaborate on new KsE material.

dcmetal108
01-09-2012, 03:47 PM
They should just get Randy Blyth to do KSE. I mean he already does guest spots for other bands. Why not give him another job.




JK

Epidemic Reign
01-09-2012, 04:14 PM
They should just get Randy Blyth to do KSE. I mean he already does guest spots for other bands. Why not give him another job.




JK

JK my ass, I'd pay to see that :lol: so long as he doesn't attempt the cleans.

dcmetal108
01-09-2012, 04:28 PM
JK my ass, I'd pay to see that :lol: so long as he doesn't attempt the cleans.

Oh yea I mean by random chance it ever happened it'd be amazing. Also I wonder how Randy sounds doing cleans.

Nater
01-09-2012, 09:05 PM
I can't wait to see KsE playing tiny ass club shows in a few years.

Rocco44
01-09-2012, 11:28 PM
Ideally they would put Kse to the side and focus on TOG and pull out ALOJB material out live but that's not going to happen. I'm just glad Phil's shitty cleans will be kept to one band haha

dcmetal108
01-10-2012, 03:28 PM
Well at the rate the band is going the comeback show will be played by a lucky fan who gets picked. lol.

Orion89
01-10-2012, 03:55 PM
I can't wait to see KsE playing tiny ass club shows in a few years.

yeah especially with the huge break they just took. I say they got one more decent size tour before they start playing the club circut.

Dextrimental
01-10-2012, 03:59 PM
If they get Jesse back, they will be go from strength to strength, if not, times of grace will start out-selling them, its a matter of time.

detuned
01-13-2012, 11:00 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRKkDIWR2xM&t=3m21s

yeah hes DEFINITELY not coming back

Steev
01-13-2012, 03:00 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRKkDIWR2xM&t=3m21s

yeah hes DEFINITELY not coming back

I feel like he'll atleast do NEMHF, just because I doubt they would have committed to that show without a plan for a singer

dcmetal108
01-13-2012, 03:11 PM
I feel like he'll atleast do NEMHF, just because I doubt they would have committed to that show without a plan for a singer

Yea I think he will do that and prolly all the other fests while the new singer learns the ropes and works on the cd

Steev
01-13-2012, 03:16 PM
Yea I think he will do that and prolly all the other fests while the new singer learns the ropes and works on the cd

yeah hoping on Rock On The Range, KSE draws a huge crowd there

masterguy49
01-13-2012, 10:09 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRKkDIWR2xM&t=3m21s

yeah hes DEFINITELY not coming back

I don't see where he says he's DEFINITELY not coming back?

BloodoftheKings
01-13-2012, 10:22 PM
I heard Tim 'The Ripper' Owens is gonna be the new Killswitch singer.

treghet
01-13-2012, 11:12 PM
I don't see where he says he's DEFINITELY not coming back?

I think he was being sarcastic because of all the people saying that he won't be rejoining.

treghet
01-13-2012, 11:14 PM
I heard Tim 'The Ripper' Owens is gonna be the new Killswitch singer.

I heard it was going to be Gwen Stefani.

brutal_descent
01-13-2012, 11:16 PM
I heard something about Tom G. Warrior...

Epidemic Reign
01-13-2012, 11:51 PM
My money's on Lou Reed :lovedup:

Nater
01-14-2012, 01:00 AM
Even if Jesse does comeback for NEMHF it won't be worth sitting through those bands that day to hear it honestly.

detuned
02-06-2012, 01:55 PM
http://killswitchengage.com

DementedX14
02-06-2012, 02:15 PM
http://killswitchengage.com

No way!:eek:

GarageMetal468
02-06-2012, 02:18 PM
Shit just got real.

jd091
02-06-2012, 02:20 PM
ARE

YOU

FUCKING

KIDDING ME?!

metallicbrian666
02-06-2012, 02:22 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

BloodoftheKings
02-06-2012, 02:22 PM
who dat?

EDIT: That's pretty cool I guess.

Epidemic Reign
02-06-2012, 02:24 PM
That's Jesse Leach. Though I dunno if we should assume this means he's permanent...

mastodon421
02-06-2012, 02:46 PM
HOLY FUCKING SHIT YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :party::rocker: I hope it's on a permanent basis.

jd091
02-06-2012, 02:53 PM
Even if it was just for a "reunion" tour where they only played shit off of Just Breathing and the first S/T, It'd be the greatest thing ever.

anomynous
02-06-2012, 02:58 PM
Best thing that could happen to the band

mankvill
02-06-2012, 02:59 PM
um. maybe this is enough for me to finally care about this band?

dcmetal108
02-06-2012, 03:02 PM
OHHHHHHHH


MYYYYYYY

GGGGGGGOOOODDDDDDDD

makethemsuffer12
02-07-2012, 07:33 PM
Pretty much the greatest thing I could've ever hoped for for KSE. So stoked about this.

dcmetal108
02-07-2012, 07:36 PM
I still LOVE Howard Jones and he still is the original reason on why I started doing vocals.

stevepwn
02-07-2012, 09:47 PM
wow !!! i haven't listened to any other KSE albums other then the first one. HOWARD FUCKING SUCKS. this is pretty crazy

Epidemic Reign
02-07-2012, 09:49 PM
wow !!! i haven't listened to any other KSE albums other then the first one. HOWARD FUCKING SUCKS. this is pretty crazy

You've never heard Alive or Just Breathing?

jd091
02-07-2012, 09:59 PM
wow !!! i haven't listened to any other KSE albums other then the first one. HOWARD FUCKING SUCKS. this is pretty crazy

I mean, you're wrong.

Epidemic Reign
02-07-2012, 10:04 PM
I don't think Howard sucks, in fact in terms of pure singing ability he's easily "better" than Jesse, but I've never liked how squeaky clean his vocals sound compared to Jesse's.

stevepwn
02-07-2012, 10:23 PM
yeah i'm just racist tbh he isn't that bad

Northern_Shaman
02-07-2012, 10:30 PM
yeah i'm just racist tbh he isn't that bad

:lol:

brutal_descent
02-07-2012, 10:38 PM
yeah i'm just racist tbh he isn't that bad

:lol:

ravenheart
02-08-2012, 08:34 AM
And now I give a shit about this band again.

detuned
02-08-2012, 08:38 AM
Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have announced 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 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE fans. Things have come full circle a decade later, and Leach and the band couldn't be more pleased about this reunion.

The band revealed that Leach auditioned for the job he once held and pretty much blew everyone away and then some. The band stated, "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."

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."

The band also is psyched to share the news with fans, saying, "This change is very exciting. We know you're going to love it. This is truly a new era in KILLSWITCH ENGAGE history and it is ready to shred your face off. So, please help us in welcoming Jesse back into the KILLSWITCH ENGAGE family; he is a rare and great talent, a fact that older KILLSWITCH ENGAGE 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 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE family! All things happen in their due time and now is the time for this reunion and new direction."
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=169428

ravenheart
02-08-2012, 08:50 AM
The thing for me during the "Howard years" was not so much his vocals, as the songs just weren't as good. The main thing I really didn't like is how whenever he broke into clean vocals everything suddenly sounded like an alt-rock radio band. At least when Jesse did clean stuff it sounded like clean vocals in a hard song. Howard just made all the songs softer.

anomynous
02-08-2012, 08:50 AM
Nobody should be surprised he's doing Howard-era songs, like it or not, that's when they got most of their fans

ravenheart
02-08-2012, 09:04 AM
Nobody should be surprised he's doing Howard-era songs, like it or not, that's when they got most of their fans

Not surprised in the least. Would be pretty stupid to think he wouldn't be. You can't exactly have a 4.5 album career (given that half the songs on the debut were re-recorded for AOJB) and only play songs off one of them plus your new one. Unless you're called Megadeth, obviously.

detuned
02-08-2012, 09:19 AM
Killswitch Engage Jesse Leach: Guitarist Adam D. Speaks About the Reunion -- Exclusive Interview

Earlier this week, word got out that Killswitch Engage rehired original vocalist Jesse Leach back into their lineup. 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.' Ohio vocalist Howard Jones replaced Leach in 2002 and split with the group in late 2011.

In an exclusive interview with Noisecreep, founding guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz spoke about the reunion with Leach.

"Honestly, we didn't want to jump into anything too quickly. We were in a position where we could take our time and try out as many singers as we wanted. There are a lot of talented singers out there, and we didn't want to rush everything. We ended up mulling it over a bit, and we tried out a few different people," Dutkiewicz reveals about Killswitch's time between singers.

"When we got back in the rehearsal room with Jesse, it just felt right. He's one of my good friends, and the awkwardness of meeting someone for the first time, and all of that stuff, was gone when he jammed with us again. We also knew what Jesse is capable of, so it just took all of us getting in a room together again to remember how cool it once was. He blew us away," says Dutkiewicz.

Besides working on Killswitch Engage's next album, Leach and Dutkiewicz will be back out on tour in the coming months with their other project, Times of Grace. "I love working with the guy, and we get along so well on the road. That's also important. Anyone would rather pick to play in a band with a good friend over some stranger. I mean, you're going to be hanging out with this person for half the year, or whatever [laughs]."

Noisecreep asked Dutkiewicz how he first met Leach: "He was actually the last person to join the band when we first formed. My brother had a label that had put out one of Jesse's former bands [Nothing Stays Gold], so that's the first time I had heard him sing. We knew he was the perfect singer for what we wanted to do with Killswitch."

Although he joined the band on stage a few times in the last decade, Leach left Killswitch Engage in 2002, soon after their breakthrough 'Alive or Just Breathing' album started to gain steam. "He was feeling a lot of frustration at that point. He didn't know how to take care of his voice, and he would blow it out every couple of shows. We had to cancel a lot of shows because of that. He was also a newlywed, and they didn't know how tough it would be to be in a relationship when the other person is a road dog. It was a lot of pressure on him. All of those things piled up, and it put him in that bad place.

"But these days he's really learned how to take care of himself on the road. His marriage is also going great, and they've figured out how to make it work, even though one of them is a touring musician. Jesse's in a much better place now, that's for sure."

The way Killswitch Engage let the world know that Leach was back in the band was brilliant. All they did was post a group photo with Leach, front and center, on their official website with no further explanation. "That photo was actually taken in my backyard. Yeah, I live in the woods. I'm a country boy [laughs]. But that photo does capture who we really are. We're a drama-free band. We actually like hanging out with each other. We're the kind of guys that yell at the television during sporting events."

When Noisecreep brings up the fact that we're a New York Giants fan, Dutkiewicz pauses for a moment and then offers, "Ugh, I'm not really ready to talk about that."

We guess he's a Patriots fan.
http://www.noisecreep.com/2012/02/08/killswitch-engage-jesse-leach-interview/

Dextrimental
02-08-2012, 09:20 AM
Jesse definitely had more feeling than Howard, and judging from the Times of Grace stuff, he loves making this kind of music and giving a message to people. He is the best fit for the band.

street_burial
02-08-2012, 09:27 AM
well fuck it

brutal_descent
02-08-2012, 09:39 AM
from facebook

Wow, dude. That exact passage is two posts up :lol:

Natrlhi
02-08-2012, 10:15 AM
Wow, dude. That exact passage is two posts up :lol:Actually, it's a totally different post. The one you're talking about is on the previous page.

Open mouth, insert foot.

http://intellectualconservative.com/images/foot%20in%20mouth%20big.jpg

Natrlhi
02-08-2012, 10:19 AM
And now I give a shit about this band again.And now there's a chance I might start.

brutal_descent
02-08-2012, 10:21 AM
Actually, it's a totally different post. The one you're talking about is on the previous page.

Open mouth, insert foot.

http://intellectualconservative.com/images/foot%20in%20mouth%20big.jpg

My point still stands, seeing as how he didn't bother checking the last page or two, but you can have your little victory for all I care, Nat :lol:

Natrlhi
02-08-2012, 10:22 AM
The thing for me during the "Howard years" was not so much his vocals, as the songs just weren't as good. The main thing I really didn't like is how whenever he broke into clean vocals everything suddenly sounded like an alt-rock radio band. At least when Jesse did clean stuff it sounded like clean vocals in a hard song. Howard just made all the songs softer.

Great observation. This is a big reason why clean vocals turn me off so often, and why it's hard for me to get into most metalcore. If you wanna go clean, then fine - but it has to sound right within the context of the song.

Nater
02-08-2012, 10:35 AM
I like both singers I just felt like it would have been a waste if they dropped everything from post AOJB. That's all. Good to hear they arn't doing so.

jd091
02-08-2012, 11:09 AM
First of all, Howard era KSE had some amazing songs, with Heartache and Daylight being incredibly solid albums. I think it just ended on a bad note with the S/T. However, it's pretty fair to say that Alive or Just Breathing was a better overall album than anything that came after.

I actually found Jesse's voice to be a little weak back in the days, and preferred Howard's lows on his songs, but Jesse's gotten way better since then. Hopefully him and Adam D treat Times of Grace as their emotional side-project and focus on just being heavy and brutal this next album.

ravenheart
02-08-2012, 11:19 AM
Wasn't the deal with Jesse leaving the first time that he couldn't hack singing that way night after night on tour? I wonder if he's found a way to solve that, or they're just going to tour less.

Natrlhi
02-08-2012, 11:23 AM
Wasn't the deal with Jesse leaving the first time that he couldn't hack singing that way night after night on tour? I wonder if he's found a way to solve that, or they're just going to tour less.
To wit:

Although he joined the band on stage a few times in the last decade, Leach left Killswitch Engage in 2002, soon after their breakthrough 'Alive or Just Breathing' album started to gain steam. "He was feeling a lot of frustration at that point. He didn't know how to take care of his voice, and he would blow it out every couple of shows. We had to cancel a lot of shows because of that. He was also a newlywed, and they didn't know how tough it would be to be in a relationship when the other person is a road dog. It was a lot of pressure on him. All of those things piled up, and it put him in that bad place.

"But these days he's really learned how to take care of himself on the road. His marriage is also going great, and they've figured out how to make it work, even though one of them is a touring musician. Jesse's in a much better place now, that's for sure."

http://www.noisecreep.com/2012/02/08/killswitch-engage-jesse-leach-interview/

dcmetal108
02-08-2012, 11:59 AM
After seeing Times Of Grace last year I can say that Jesse really has improved his voice alot.

detuned
02-08-2012, 12:30 PM
i saw them with jesse about 2 months before the release of AOJB, and as great as they were, honestly he really struggled with the clean vocals, specifically switching back and forth with the screaming. he has most definitely improved drastically since he began with TESF.

ravenheart
02-09-2012, 03:04 AM
I've not really listened to Times of Grace yet, but I thought The Empire Shall Fall was shit, which was disappointing.

EDIT: Ok, that's actually quite good.

AnthG
02-09-2012, 07:01 PM
My favourite and least favourite KsE albums (EoH and S/T respectively) both have Howard on them. To be perfectly honest though, I wasn't a huge Jesse Leach fan, and as good as Alive or Just Breathing is, he didn't have the power that Howard had. People go on about how he had more emotion and feel for the songs, but he just sounded so much weaker with cleans and harsh vocals than Howard. I never saw either one perform live (only time I saw KsE live was when they opened for Slipknot and Trevor from Unearth had to fill in for Howard), but just judging from the albums, I prefer Howard. I can understand people not being down with the squeeky clean vocals, but he just fucking killed it on EoH vocally. Not to mention that the songwriting and riffs from the rest of the band was the best out of all their albums.

The last album sucked big time, but I think that had more to do with the songwriting and the direction they chose to go in, and I think they just fell into the same trap as Shadows Fall and All that remains. I wouldn't be surprised if KsE does what those bands did with Retribution and For we are many which goes back to a more aggressive/"metal" sound with some of the mainstream stuff still in their but dialed down. Unfortunately if that happens everyone will attribute that to Howard leaving and Jesse re-joining.

dcmetal108
02-09-2012, 07:19 PM
My favourite and least favourite KsE albums (EoH and S/T respectively) both have Howard on them. To be perfectly honest though, I wasn't a huge Jesse Leach fan, and as good as Alive or Just Breathing is, he didn't have the power that Howard had. People go on about how he had more emotion and feel for the songs, but he just sounded so much weaker with cleans and harsh vocals than Howard. I never saw either one perform live (only time I saw KsE live was when they opened for Slipknot and Trevor from Unearth had to fill in for Howard), but just judging from the albums, I prefer Howard. I can understand people not being down with the squeeky clean vocals, but he just fucking killed it on EoH vocally. Not to mention that the songwriting and riffs from the rest of the band was the best out of all their albums.

The last album sucked big time, but I don't think that had more to do with the songwriting and the direction they chose to go in, and I think they just fell into the same trap as Shadows Fall and All that remains. I wouldn't be surprised if KsE does what those bands did with Retribution and For we are many which goes back to a more aggressive/"metal" sound with some of the mainstream stuff still in their but dialed down. Unfortunately if that happens everyone will attribute that to Howard leaving and Jesse re-joining.




Totally agree! While I do like the AOJB album I love Howard and EoH is my favorite album of all time actually and really the first "heavy" album I ever listened to. It's a perfect album and while Jesse has gotten alot better since he left KSE I do think they are two totally different kinds of vocalist.

Howard is also alot better of a frontman than Jesse is and I've seen both of them live.

Steev
02-10-2012, 10:06 AM
I have the feeling that KSE is going to do a big summer tour(maybe Uproar) but I could also see them with a band like LOG or 5FDP(which would fill big venues)

MPF
02-10-2012, 02:32 PM
Maybe they are the big announcement for Mayhem?

Just a thought.

Steev
02-10-2012, 02:52 PM
Maybe they are the big announcement for Mayhem?

Just a thought.

Also entirely possible

MPF
02-10-2012, 03:13 PM
Also entirely possible

It makes sense to me. They would have announced it earlier, but maybe were still finalizing everything with Jesse so they wanted to hold back and make it bigger.

dcmetal108
02-10-2012, 03:27 PM
KSE on Mayhem would honestly give me a heart attack of joy.

Steev
02-10-2012, 03:45 PM
It makes sense to me. They would have announced it earlier, but maybe were still finalizing everything with Jesse so they wanted to hold back and make it bigger.

it would also give them time to have a back up if things fell through


be kinda funny actually, since they were the "surprise band" back in 2009

metallicbrian666
02-10-2012, 06:32 PM
KSE on Mayhem would honestly give me a headache.

I want a real tour

Nater
02-10-2012, 07:02 PM
I want a real tour

I agree I don't think their big comeback tour with Jesse should be fucking Mayhem of all things. They should do themselves a proper tour. It would be a lot more worthwhile

AnthG
02-10-2012, 07:54 PM
Plus they'd just be overshadowed by the return of Slipknot to touring in the US.

hellawaits77ny
02-10-2012, 08:31 PM
Plus they'd just be overshadowed by the return of Slipknot to touring in the US.

Yup

mastodon421
02-11-2012, 06:54 AM
KSE on Mayhem would honestly give me a heart attack of joy.

This, though I kind of hope Motorhead is the surprise guest. I really want to see them.

brutal_descent
02-28-2012, 08:35 AM
Looks like Killswitch Engage have finally settled on their man to replace departed vocalist Howard Jones; after a long, drawn-out deliberation — including a public fakeout re-hiring of Jesse Leach — Adam D., Joel Stroetzel, Mike D’Antonio and Justin Foley (not that one) have selected self-made Russian banker Sergey Mavrodi as their new lead singer! They announced the news on their official website, KillswitchEngage.com, earlier this week.

Either that or they just forgot to renew their domain name.


Chrome’s built-in translator didn’t work for some reason, but don’t worry — there’s a button in the upper-right corner of the site that allows you to translate the site’s copy from Russian into 15 other languages! Sergey thought of everything, including a high-traffic prime SEO domain name that recently came on the market. Maybe he even knew snarky metal blogs like this one would link to him in jest. I like this guy already!



This Sergey guy is quite the entrepreneur. He’s advertising the “Mavrodi Money Machine,” which from what I can gather is basically a pyramid scheme — put money in, convince others to do the same underneath you, have them repeat the process, and watch the profits roll in exponentially. “Everybody Gets Paid!!!” the website boasts. And as Sergey stares you down mugshot-style with those made-in-1991 eyeglasses, how can you argue with that??

Common sense, perhaps.

I’ll bet the Killswitch dudes and their handlers are pretty miffed at Mr. Mavrodi right now. The best way they could possibly proceed would be to have fun with this; get the guy to send in a YouTube vocal cover of a KsE song or something of the like. How awesome would that be?

-VN

ALL HAIL MOTHER RUSSIA

:rocker:

BloodoftheKings
02-28-2012, 08:42 AM
inb4 people actually believe that story.

Steev
02-28-2012, 10:00 AM
ALL HAIL MOTHER RUSSIA

:rocker:

in soviet Russia switch kills you

evildeadjedi
04-07-2012, 01:45 PM
It's been far too long since I've posted on this site.

I felt this was definitely worth coming back for, since Alive or Just Breathing was one of the albums that reignited my love of Metal back in 2002. It's still one of my favorites of all time.

Sad to see Howard left since he seems like cool person and is an incredible signer.

I'm extremely happy Jesse is back in the band and can't wait to hear their new album!


That said it's good to be back. :rocker:

ravenheart
04-07-2012, 05:55 PM
Sad to see Howard left since he seems like cool person and is an incredible signer.


That said it's good to be back. :rocker:

And you christen your return with a statement like that? :finger:

evildeadjedi
04-07-2012, 07:58 PM
And you christen your return with a statement like that? :finger:

Ah, Raven I missed your biting commentary. ;)