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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Howard Jones (Ex-Killswitch Engage, Etc.) Talks Upcoming Projects With Peter Wichers (Ex-Soilwork)

During a recent appearance on “The Jasta Show,” Howard Jones (Light The Torch, ex-Killswitch Engage) revealed that he will be guesting on two of the five songs included on Tone Assassins’ new EP. That project, which features Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork), creates music for things like movies, commercials, etc. The EP is tentatively set to be released on May 1 and Jones said the tracks are very different and not metal. Furthermore, Jones also discussed his and Wicher’s King Fighter project, saying the group are planning to release their first single around May. Aside from that, Jones also revealed that he has guested on a new song from Violent New Breed, the band featuring Max Green (ex-Escape The Fate). That single is expected be released in May as well.

[via The PRP]

Clutch & Killswitch Engage Set For 2019 Earth Rocker Festival

Clutch’s third annual Earth Rocker Festival is set to take place at Shiley Acres in Inwood, WV on July 13. In addition to Clutch, the event will feature Killswitch Engage and more to be announced. Tickets will go on sale Friday (April 19).

Dying Fetus, Corrosion Of Conformity, Devin Townsend, Etc. Added To 2019 Heavy Montreal Festival

Dying Fetus, Corrosion Of Conformity, Devin Townsend, Demolition Hammer, Dopethrone, The Great Sabatini, and Harms Way have all been added to the 2019 Heavy Montreal festival. On top of that, organizers have also revealed that the yet to be announced Summer Slaughter Tour lineup will be added to the event as well. The festival will take place at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, QC on July 27-28. Here’s the updated daily lineups:

July 27: Ghost, Godsmack, Evanescence, Steel Panther, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Beartooth, Kataklysm, Quiet Riot, Municipal Waste, Watain, Metal Church, Dying Fetus, All That Remains, Cancer Bats, Devin Townsend (acoustic), Fever 333, Galactic Empire, Harm’s Way, and The Summer Slaughter Tour.

July 28: Slayer (final Quebec show), Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, Anthrax, In This Moment, Skillet, Clutch, Gamma Ray, Atreyu, Despised Icon, Stick To Your Guns, Beast In Black, Corrosion Of Conformity, Knocked Loose, Counterparts, Terror, Fu Manchu, Skalmold, Demolition Hammer, Dopethrone, 3TEETH, Metalachi, The Great Sabatini, Dirty Honey, and Mountain Dust.

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 Engages 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]

Slayer, Ghost, Godsmack, Evanescence, Etc. Set For 2019 Heavy Montreal Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Heavy Montreal festival. The event will take place at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, QC on July 27-28 and it will feature the following: Slayer (final Quebec show), Ghost, Godsmack, Evanescence, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Anthrax, Steel Panther, In This Moment, Killswitch Engage, Clutch, Gamma Ray, Beartooth, Hatebreed, Skillet, Atreyu, Quiet Riot, Watain, Kataklysm, Despised Icon, Municipal Waste, Metal Church, All That Remains, Fu Manchu, Beast In Black, Knocked Loose, Cancer Bats, Stick To Your Guns, Terror, Counterparts, Fever 333, Skalmold, 3TEETH, Metalachi, Galactic Empire, Mountain Dust, Dirty Honey, and Heavy Mania.