Killswitch Engage are one of modern metalcore’s most prolific and successful bands. Since the release of their 2002 sophomore album Alive Or Just Breathing, the band have gone from strength to strength (despite switching vocalists from Jesse to Howard, and back to Jesse Leach), and the band’s most successful period commercially arrived with Howard Jones entering the fold for 2004’s The End Of Heartache.
Dozens of sold-out tours and Grammy nominations later, the band is still putting out strong material with last year’s Atonement – and of course, those aren’t the only milestones the band has hit lately. KSE’s cover of “Holy Diver”, “The End Of Heartache”, and “My Curse” – three of the band’s most popular songs to date – have hit some coveted markers as well.
Killswitch Engage have released a live performance video of an acoustic version of the song “We Carry On”. The track was recorded while the members were in quarantine. The original appears on the band’s 2016-released album Incarnate.
When original vocalist Jesse Leach left the band after the release of 2002’s Alive Or Just Breathing, metalcore veterans Killswitch Engage were left in a bind. How was the band, who had just released one of modern metalcore’s best albums, supposed to bring in a new vocalist that also fit KSE’s vision at the time?
Enter the powerful vocals of one Howard Jones. Though his previous work in Blood Has Been Shed showed off a vocalist who could roar with the best of them, it was on The End Of Heartache that catapulted KSE to stardom. Eventually, the band landed a Grammy nomination for the title track, was certified Gold by the RIAA, and impressively emerged from a setback better than ever.
If you thought Killswitch Engage was done releasing new music for a while after 2019’s Atonement, think again. You’re probably just as surprised as we are to find out the metalcore vets have 6 new songs just released on Friday, and it’s all for a good cause. All proceeds from Atonement II B-Sides For Charity will be donated to COVID-19 charities. The release will include six songs from the recording sessions for Killswitch Engage’s 2019-released and Grammy-nominated album Atonement, out now via Metal Blade Records. It will be exclusively available on Bandcamp for a week as of today. Given how good some of these tracks are, it’s a little surprising they didn’t make the cut.