Adam Dutkiewicz Says Killswitch Engage Have No Plans To Celebrate The 15th Anniversary Of “The End Of Heartache”

Killswitch Engage‘s 2004 album “The End Of Heartache” turned 15 earlier this month, but Adam Dutkiewicz has told Kerrang! that the band are not planning to celebrate the anniversary. The guitarist says the group are more concerned with their new album, which is expected to be released this fall.

Dutkiewicz said the following about the anniversary:

“It’s kind of just a flash in the band, and then we move on for the next thing. We’re in the middle of trying to set up the new record. It’s funny, our bassist, Mike [D’Antonio], was like ‘Hey, should we be thinking about doing a 15th anniversary tour for this record?’ and I was like ‘No! We should be thinking about this new record!’”

He also added:

“We shouldn’t live in the past, y’know? I feel like there’s been too much of that recently. Maybe more people should focus on writing more material, and not just trying to rehash stuff, y’know? There’s just too much of that!

I’m happy that everyone agreed with me that it wasn’t a good idea, especially because we literally just finished our new record. So we have things to worry about.”

Considering “The End Of Heartache” featured Howard Jones vocals, the decision to not celebrate the anniversary will probably save the band some headaches from fans that have been begging them to bring him back.


Killswitch Engage & Clutch Announce Summer Co-Headlining Tour

Killswitch Engage and Clutch have announced a summer co-headlining tour. Cro-Mags JM will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

07/08 Quebec City, QC – Festival D’ete (Killswitch Engage only)
07/11 London, ON – Rock The Park
07/12 Syracuse, NY – SI Hall
07/13 Inwood, WV – Shiley Acres (‘Earth Rocker Festival‘)
07/14 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
07/16 Fort Wayne, IN – The Clyde
07/18 Sioux City, IA – Hard Rock & Casino
07/19 Cadott, WI – Cadott Rock Fest
07/20 OshKosh, WI – Rock USA
07/22 Tulsa, OK – The Brady Theater
07/23 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
07/25 Bethlehem, PA – Sands Event Center
07/26 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Outdoors (no Cro-Mags JM)
07/27 Montreal, QC – Heavy Montreal
07/28 Bangor, ME – Impact Festival
07/30 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
08/02 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors
08/03 Port Chester, NY – Capital Theater
08/04 Worcester, MA – Palladium Outdoors
08/07 Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas (Clutch only)

Killswitch Engage Finish Mastering New Album

Killswitch Engage have officially finished the mastering process for their new album. Mike D’Antonio told Rockwell Anderson the following during an interview at Welcome To Rockville:

“We finished recording finally, we finished mastering finally for the new record. So, it’s gonna be out in the fall.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Killswitch Engage Planning Fall Release For New Album

Killswitch Engage have announced that their new album will be released this fall via Metal Blade Records. There isn’t too many details yet, but one song is expected to feature former frontman Howard Jones (Light The Torch). The band are currently out on a co-headlining tour with Parkway Drive and a review of their San Francisco, CA show can be found HERE.

Concert Review: Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, After The Burial, & Vein In San Francisco, CA

Last night (April 18), I caught Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, After The Burial, and Vein on the first date of the “Collapse The World Tour” and it was an awesome show.

Vein kicked off the night with a heavy and chaotic set that left members of the audience mesmerized. The band goes hard with piercing screams, high jumps, and full on hardcore insanity. A highlight from their set was “Virus://Vibrance.”

Once Vein finished up, it was time for After The Burial to take the stage. The progressive metallers powered through a ferocious set with impeccable musicianship and killer vocals. The crowd was going crazy as the group prepared them for the impending co-headliners. Highlights from their set included “Behold The Crown” off their new album “Evergreen,” which was released today (April 19), and “A Wolf Amongst Ravens.”

Soon it was time for Parkway Drive to storm the stage. The Australian metalcore giants were perhaps the strongest act of the night. Their set consisted of mostly newer material from their 2018 album “Reverence” and their 2015 album “Ire” with several older songs thrown in for good measure. The band’s catchy riffing and thunderous drums had everyone moving as frontman Winston McCall led the charge with an unmatched intensity. Highlights from their set included: “Vice Grip,” “Wild Eyes,” “Crushed,” “Bottom Feeder,” and the haunting “Cemetery Bloom.”

After Parkway Drive, it was time for the metalcore titans in Killswitch Engage to close out the evening. The band played a pretty balanced set with songs spanning their 20 year career and the crowd loved every second of it. Between guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz hilarious onstage antics and Jesse Leach’s powerful vocals, it was entertaining the whole way through. Highlights from their set included: “My Curse,” “My Last Serenade,” “Hate By Design,” “Always,” which was dedicated to a fan named Chopper who is sadly battling terminal brain cancer, and “Strength Of The Mind.”

All in all, it was an amazing show and if you have a chance to make it to one of the dates on this tour it will definitely be worth your while.

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Killswitch Engage Mixing New Album

During a recent interview with Radioactive Mike Z, Mike D’Antonio confirmed that Killswitch Engage are currently mixing their new album. He said the following about the effort:

“It’s been recorded. We actually recorded too many songs. It kind of threw Jesse [Leach, vocals] for a bit of a loop. We had, like, 22, 21 songs that we actually completed all the music for except for vocals, and then it was time to sit down and do it, and it, like, fried his brain. [Laughs] It took a little while longer to write the record and finish the record. I think we did, like, maybe 17 tunes with vocals, and there are still a few left over that we’re going to save for a little bit later. The record’s not going to have that many, for sure. We’ll have some extras to play with and figure out something to do [with them]. We’ve narrowed down the track listing; we are mixing now; and all systems [are] go to get it out for 2019.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Killswitch Engage’s Joel Stroetzel Exits Tour Early For Family Emergency

Killswitch Engage guitarist Joel Stroetzel has exited the band’s current European tour “due to a family emergency.” During his absence, the band’s production/stage manager Josh Mihlek “will be filling in for a few songs.”

[via Blabbermouth]