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KILL DEVIL HILL Welcome TYPE O NEGATIVE Drummer Johnny Kelly To Band

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, News, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by Randy

KILL DEVIL HILL are proud to announce the addition of TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly to the band. Kelly, who also plays with DANZIG and his own band A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH, replaces the recently departed Vinny Appice.

“I’m really excited about coming on board with Kill Devil Hill,” says Kelly. “I’ve been a fan since their debut and have known the guys for a long-time. It’s also clear that I have some really big shoes to fill. I’m ready for that challenge as I prepare for KDH’s next chapter – this is gonna be a blast!”

The band will play their first shows with Kelly behind the kit April 4-6 [see dates below], three warm-up shows before embarking on an Australian run with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. More expansive North American dates will be announced shortly.

Adds KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown: “We all have a lot of love and respect for Vinny and have been honored to have jammed with him over the last few years – we wish Vinny well with all his future endeavors, it has been a blast!”

“It’s been a great musical adventure from the beginning, but the time has now come to go our separate ways and continue to make music that we love,” says Appice of his decision to leave the band.

Featuring PANTERA and former DOWN bassist Rex Brown, ex-PISSING RAZORS frontman Dewey Bragg, acclaimed session/touring guitarist MARK ZAVON and now TYPE O NEGATIVE, DANZIG and A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH drummer Johnny Kelly, KILL DEVIL HILL deliver a crushing sound that combines a contemporary feel with a classic aesthetic that few bands today can rival. The band will be on the road throughout 2014.

KILL DEVIL HILL
APRIL
4: Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
5: Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
6: Long Beach, CA – Gas Lamp

KILL DEVIL HILL Australian Tour
(with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE)

APRIL
11: Brisbane, QLD – Eaton’s Hill
12: Kensington, NSW – UNSW Roundhouse
13: Melbourne, Victoria – Palace Theatre
15: Adelaide, SA – HQ Complex
16: Perth, WA – Metro City

More North American dates to be announced shortly…

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE to Play Special One-Off Date during CBGB Festival – Saturday, October 12th at Santos Party House

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Shows with tags , , , , , , on October 9, 2013 by Randy

The Merciless Book of Metal Lists (Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins) presents a very special show for the 2013 CBGB Festival in NYC. This intimate affair features Massachusetts metal giants Killswitch Engage at the 400 capacity Santos Party House on Saturday October 12th.

 “This was originally going to be a secret show for our book release back in the Spring, but schedules didn’t allow for it, so we stayed on it, and decided to do it for CBGB Fest,” offers ‘The Merciless Book of Metal Lists’ author Howie Abrams. He adds, “Killswitch Engage is one of my favorite bands; one which has reinvigorated metal in recent years, and we’re proud to be working with them to make this great night happen.”

Killswitch Engage is about to head out on tour in the U.S. with the mighty Lamb of God, with support from Testament and Huntress, and also wanted to offer up this unique event to its most loyal fans. NYC and tri-state area fans can catch KsE on this upcoming tour at Roseland Ballroom in NYC (Oct-25) and at Starland Ballroom in NJ (Nov-22).

Additionally, proceeds from the show will be donated to The FC Foundation, an organization whose mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and to educate about early cancer detection, ultimately putting an end to late-stage cancer diagnoses.

 Support for KsE will come from NYC’s heaviest ladies (and two gentlemen) Eye Ra Haze, whose atmospheric brand of metal compliments the evening perfectly.

 

KsE encourage fans attending the Santos show to bring proof of their purchased Roseland or Starland ticket to the merch area to claim a special KsE autographed item.

 

Tickets will be on sale Tuesday October 8th at 10 AM via: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3853324&pl=santos

 

All tickets are $25. Doors will open at 6:00 PM – show time is 7:15.

 

Santos Party House is located at 96 Lafayette Street and is easily accessible by subway.

 *Limited CBGB badges will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Darkest Hour – Disarm the Descent Tour with Killswitch Engage [Review]

Posted in News, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , on July 15, 2013 by Randy

In all honesty, all that can be said about this tour is “WOW!” A solid line up from start to finish.  Veteran acts like Darkest Hour and Killswitch Engage to one of the hottest up and coming metalcore acts in the last few years, Miss May I. Cleveland Ohio’s stop on the tour was near the end, and with all the intensity that every single act put forth one can only imagine how nuts the first leg of the tour had to of been.

On to the most seasoned act on this tour, Darkest Hour; these guys have been together since 1995.  Yes 1995.  That means most of the guys they were playing with on this tour were barely out of diapers when Darkest Hour signed with their first label. With that being said, you never would’ve known because they came out on stage and put a heartfelt effort in and went just as hard, if not harder in some regards than the rest of the other bands.  Playing new fan favorites like “Love as a Weapon” and “Demons” to some old school metalcore such as “An Epitaph” and “The Saddest Nation.”  There was a little something in their set that can appeal to metal heads no matter what age.  Speaking of these older metalcore bands that have paved the way, there is one thing that The Word Alive did during their set that has to be mentioned.  As most of you know, Tim Lambesis is currently not allowed to leave the state of California due to some unforeseen circumstances and had to cancel going on this tour, which left The Word Alive filling the void for As I Lay Dying.  Regardless of how that predicament turns out, no one can take away what good As I Lay dying has done for metal and The Word Alive showed their appreciation by playing a cover of As I Lay Dying’s hit “94 Hours.”  Much respect goes to The Word Alive for doing so as a way to show thanks to someone who has inspired them musically.  Last but not least, Killswitch Engage put on a killer show, especially with the crazy stage antics of Adam D.  Let us take a minute to welcome back Jesse Leach (original vocalist for KSE). They played it all during this show, old time favorites like “Fixation of the Darkness” from Jesse’s first stint with the band, to hits that were made popular when Howard Jones was in.

This tour was amazing and if you didn’t make it, well you certainly missed out. Hopefully these bands will tour again together someday…but if they don’t, everyone in this line up is worth the price of admission.  Keep an eye out for the next time any of them come to a city near you.

http://officialdarkesthour.com/
http://www.killswitchengage.com/

 

-Logan Rendulic, The Rock Tribune

Killswitch Engage – House of Blues Cleveland 7/6/2013 [Photos]

Posted in Artist Watch, News, Photos with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2013 by Randy

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Photos by: Logan Rendulic ©The Rock Tribune 2013

Killswitch Engage to Embark on Alive or Just Breathing 10th Anniversary Tour :: Tour Launches November 24 in San Bernardino :: Band to Play Alive or Just Breathing in Full

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2012 by Randy
(New York, NY): On May 21, 2002, Killswitch Engage released their second album and Roadrunner Records debut, Alive or Just Breathing. The album went on to become definitive of the critic-created New Wave of American Heavy Metal genre, thanks to its explosive choruses, intensely personal, spiritual and provocative lyrics and ability to vacillate between extremely brutal and melodically beautifully. It was, in a word, a benchmark release.
 
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the album, the band will be embarking on an intimate, crowd-pleasing Alive or Just Breathing 10th Anniversary Tour in the U.S, which launches on November 24 in San Bernardino and wraps on December 20 in Portland, Maine. KsE will be headlining the annual California Metalfest in San Bernardino, CA on November 24 to kick off the tour.
 
With original frontman Jesse Leach, who left the band shortly after AOJB’s release, back in the fold since early 2012, the time was more than perfect for the band to celebrate the album with a tour during which they will play the entire album from start to finish. They will also play other more recent hits.
 
It’s only appropriate that longtime Massachusetts cohorts Shadows Fall, who came up in the same scene as KsE, will serve as main support. Opening act Acaro also hail from Massachusetts, making it somewhat of a hometown affair.
 
“I honestly never thought I would have the opportunity to sing these songs on stage with Killswitch again,” Leach said. “Now here I am back in the band and celebrating 10 years of the release of this record. I am absolutely thrilled for this tour. I can’t wait to sing ‘Rise inside’ and ‘Just Barely Breathing’ among others. On top of it all, we have our good friends in Shadows Fall and Acaro joining us. This tour will be one we will all remember! “
 
Guitarist Joel Stroetzel echoed those sentiments, saying, “We’re all looking forward to this tour! It’s going to be a great time on all levels. Playing songs we haven’t played in many years, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Alive or Just Breathing with Jesse now back in the band, and just hanging out with some great old friends — we’re psyched.”
 
Advance tickets for all shows will be $20.02, in honor of the year the album was released. The band will also be making a limited number of tickets available per show for the price of $5.21, in honor of the date the album was released, to military personnel with the help of VetTix.org. Vet Tix pre-sale begins on October 2, while public onsales start October 5.
 
Alive or Just Breathing was also recently elected to Decibel’s esteemed and elite Hall of Fame. The album’s extensive Hall of Fame profile will be featured in the December issue of the magazine, arriving just in time for the tour.
 
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing Tenth Anniversary Tour Dates:
 
November 25      San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
November 27      Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
November 28     Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
November 30     Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
December 1       Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
December 2        Dallas, TX – Trees
December 4        St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre
December 5        Pensacola, FL  – Vinyl Music Hall
December 7        Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
December 8        Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
December 10      Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
December 11      Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
December 12      Toronto, ON – Opera House
December 14       Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
December 15      Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
December 16      Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 18      So. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
December 19     Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
December 20      Portland, ME – State Theatre

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ANNOUNCE NEW SINGER: JESSE LEACH – HE SERVED AS BAND’S ORIGINAL SINGER ON LANDMARK ALBUM ALIVE OR JUST BREATHING

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , on February 8, 2012 by Randy

(New York, NY): Killswitch Engage are pleased to announce 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 KsE 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 KsE history  and it is ready to shred your face off. So, please help us in welcoming Jesse back into the KsE family; he is a rare and great talent, a fact that older KsE 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 KsE family! All things happen in their due time and now is the time for this reunion and new direction.”

KsE remain hard at work on their latest album, which follows 2009’s second self-titled album.

The band will perform at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest on April 22, 2012. Leach last performed with KsE in March 2010 in New York City, Clifford Park, NY, and Wallingford CT.

Tour dates are as follows:

4/22 Worcester, MA @ Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)

6/1-6/3 Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park

6/8 Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Pannonia Fields II (Nova Rock)

6/15 Copenhagen, Denmark (Copenhell)

6/16 Gothenburg, Sweden (Metaltown)

6/22 Milan, Italy @ Arena Fiera Milano (Gods Of Metal)

6/24 Dessel, Belgium @ Festival Park ‘Stenehel’ (Grasspop)

 

More tour dates will be announced shortly.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE PART WAYS WITH SINGER HOWARD JONES BAND STATEMENT ON THE MATTER IS AS FOLLOWS

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , on January 5, 2012 by Randy

“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.”

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