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The four bandmembers who came together and created Killswitch Engage already had strong fan followings. Mike D'Antonio (bass) was formerly the leader and principal songwriter of Overcast, the legendary underground metal group. When Overcast split in 1998, D'Antonio sought for a year to find the right combination of players to fuse hardcore and metal with melody. During the summer of 1999, D'Antonio connected with Adam Dutkiewicz, who was the drummer for Aftershock, and Joel Stroetzel, Aftershock's guitar player. Jesse Leach, vocalist for Corrin and Nothing Stays Gold, joined on, and the foursome took the name Killswitch Engage. Killswitch Engage made their debut by opening for In Flames on tour. The Ferret label heard and liked the combination of brutality, sophistication, and breathtaking originality that the group produced, and signed them. Ferret released Killswitch Engage's self-titled debut album in June 2000 and it immediately began capturing rave reviews. The group lays out its heavy riffs mixed with both singing and screaming vocals that cover a range from low-pitched death growls to the higher-pitched hyena screams. Stroetzel developed a guitar rhythm that gallops, and the others keep up as they combine elements of hardcore and metal in their melodies. They come on with an intensity that does not let up. During 2001, the band recorded "Numbered Days" for WERS' Nasty Habits live CD, a compilation with bands such as God Forbid, Haste, Unearth, and Poison the Well. Also in 2001, Killswitch Engage signed with Roadrunner Records and started recording their second full album, Alive or Just Breathing, at the Zing Studio in Westfield, Massachusetts. They expanded to a five-piece with the addition of former Aftershock drummer Tom Gomes, as Dutkiewicz moved over to guitar. The album included favorites such as "Self-Revolution," "Just Barely Breathing," and a re-recorded version of "Temple from the Within." Andy Sneap was signed on to mix and master this one in his English studio. The album aimed at even more of the growling bass tone, heavier guitar crunch, and thicker/faster double bass that permeate the music of the band, and it was greeted with high praise upon its release in May 2002 (it even shot to number 37 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart). Tours with Soilwork and Hypocrisy finished before the band suffered a setback that June; lead singer Leach suddenly left the group, citing voice problems and personal issues. (He later went on to join metal outfit Seemless.) Breaking up was not an option, but Killswitch were still unsure of their future -- until auditioning Howard Jones that is, vocalist for local metalcore outfit Blood Has Been Shed. The band and Jones clicked immediately, and his charismatic yet menacing stage presence sealed the deal. He made his debut with the band at summer 2002's Hellfest, and the guys stayed on the road for the remainder of the year, both home and abroad, winning over skeptics along the way. Gomes exited the group following their stint on 2003's Ozzfest and he was replaced by another Blood Has Been Shed alum, drummer Justin Foley. The End of Heartache appeared in spring 2004, debuting at number 21 on the Top 200 and even earning Killswitch a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. Much touring followed, including acting as main support for Slayer and spots on package tours like Ozzfest and Taste of Chaos, while the band also released the DVD Set This World Ablaze in late 2005. Killswitch Engage further rocked a main stage spot at the U.K.'s Reading festival in summer 2006; all of this activity ultimately led up to the release of their fourth full-length, As Daylight Dies, that November. In 2009, Killswitch returned with a second self-titled album and found themselves jumping onto the Billboard 200. Three years later, the band announced the departure of singer Jones, who was replaced by original frontman Leach, who made his return to Killswitch on their 2013 album, Disarm the Descent. The set debuted well inside the Top Ten on various album charts. The track "In Due Time" was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. After several tours in support, Killswitch took some well-deserved time off. In early 2015, the band teased a 40-second snippet of "Loyalty"; the track ended up on Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Vol. 2, for the Game of Thrones television series. They also began informally demoing new tracks. After a summer tour, Killswitch entered the studio. In December, the single "Strength of Mind" was released to the Internet. The album Incarnate was released in March of 2016, and debuted at number six on Billboard's Top 200; it was followed immediately by a national tour. ~ Eleanor Ditzel & Corey Apar
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Albums by
Killswitch Engage

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    12 songs

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    Disarm the Descent

    17 songs

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    Disarm the Descent [Special Edition]

    11 songs

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    Killswitch Engage [2009]

    16 songs

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    Killswitch Engage [2009] [Special Edition]

    15 songs

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    As Daylight Dies

    12 songs

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    The End of Heartache

    12 songs

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    Alive or Just Breathing

    23 songs

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    Alive or Just Breathing [Bonus Disc]

    9 songs

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    Killswitch Engage [2000]

    12 songs

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    Incarnate

    16 songs

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    Incarnate [Only @ Best Buy]

    18 songs

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    The End of Heartache

    1 song

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    Quiet Distress

    1 song

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    Embrace the Journey....Upraised

    1 song

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    Just Let Go

    1 song

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    Alone I Stand

    1 song

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    Cut Me Loose

    1 song

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    Hate by Design

    1 song

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    Strength of the Mind

    1 song

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    In Due Time

    1 song

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    Starting Over

    1 song

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    Reckoning

    22 songs

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    Set This World Ablaze

    19 songs

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    As Daylight Dies [Bonus DVD]

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Top Songs by
Killswitch Engage

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  2.   Holy Diver
  3.   My Curse
  4.   The Arms of Sorrow
  5.   The End of Heartache
  6.   Rose of Sharyn
  7.   My Last Serenade
  8.   In Due Time
  9.   Breathe Life
  10.   Numbered Days
  11.   Reckoning
  12.   The New Awakening
  13.   Beyond the Flames
  14.   Take This Oath
  15.   Hope Is...
  16.   Fixation on the Darkness
  17.   Hate by Design
  18.   Strength of the Mind
  19.   My Obsession
  20.   A Tribute to the Fallen
  21.   Starting Over
  22.   A Bid Farewell
  23.   When Darkness Falls
  24.   Reject Yourself
  25.   Wasted Sacrifice
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