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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – U.S. Headliner Dates Announced

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are booked to headline a brief fall tour with support from Born of Osiris, Crowbar, and Death Ray Vision. Here are the confirmed dates:

11/24 Providence, RI @ The Strand
11/25 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
11/27 Reading, PA @ Reverb
11/28 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
11/30 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Theater
12/1 Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
12/2 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
12/4 Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
12/5 Wilmington, DE @ The Queen
12/6 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

American metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage were at the fore of the early-2000s metalcore wave, achieving chart success and garnering Grammy nominations while selling millions of records. Forming Killswitch Engage in Westfield, Massachusetts, the band’s four founding members already had strong fan followings when they got started. Bassist Mike D’Antonio was formerly the leader and principal songwriter of Overcast, often considered a progenitor of the metalcore genre. 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. After Jesse Leach — vocalist for Corrin and Nothing Stays Gold — joined, the foursome took the name Killswitch Engage.

Killswitch Engage made their debut by opening for In Flames on tour. Their combination of brutality, sophistication, and originality caught the attention of the Ferret label and the band was quickly signed. Ferret released Killswitch Engage’s self-titled debut album in June 2000 and it immediately captured rave reviews. The group combined heavy riffs mixed with both singing and screaming vocals, which covered a range from low-pitched death growls to higher-pitched hyena screams. Stroetzel developed a guitar rhythm that galloped, and the others kept pace as they combined elements of hardcore and metal in their melodies.

Band Members

– Adam Dutkiewicz – guitar

– Joel Stroetzel – guitar

– Mike D’Antonio – bass

– Jesse Leach – vocals

– Justin Foley – drums

Source: Lambgoat