This Day In Music History: May 11th, 2004 – Killswitch Engage release ‘The End Of Heartache’

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.

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Killswitch Engage releases surprise new EP, “Atonement II B-Sides For Charity”

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.
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Killswitch Engage, Tool, Slipknot named as three of the hardest working metal bands

If there’s one thing all musicians and artists have in common, it’s that they have to truly put in the work to advance in their careers. Whether recording a new record or touring for 150 days out of the year, the grind never really stops for those in the music industry – and when you combine that with the mental health struggles many musicians face, that simply compounds the kind of pressure they’re under.

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