Kevin RC Wilson, Loudwire
We know you’re wondering, “How can a Killswitch Engage show get any better?” Especially if you’ve been pressed against the barrier up front, screaming every lyric with outstretched arms, maybe lucky enough to high-five Jesse Leach, it would seem like there’s really no topping that experience, right? Wrong!
Killswitch will partake in their first ever virtual reality concert on Monday, April 17, at 7PM CT at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas. That means fans can have a view right up front and even onstage thanks to the partnership between NextVR and Live Nation.
The VR broadcast will be free and available to everyone around the world (except China) via the NextVR app and the use of either Google Daydream or Samsung Gear VR headsets and a compatible smartphone. To download the app, head to the Oculus store (Gear VR) or the Google Play Store (Daydream). For further information about the event, click here and for instructions on how to get situated with the NextVR app, head to this location.
While Killswitch are currently on a co-headlining tour in support of Incarnate with Anthrax, dubbed the ‘Killthrax’ tour (dates here), the future looks to hold more new music for the band’s members. Adam Dutkiewicz revealed he has over a dozen songs demoed for a new Times of Grace record with Leach, while Leach also has tentative plans to start up a hardcore punk project.
Killswitch Engage Albums Ranked
7. 'Killswitch Engage' (2009)
Killswitch Engage’s descent into mediocrity on this disc after three straight, near-perfect albums was so baffling that it begs a reasonable explanation to this day; but the fact that the band wasn’t even inspired enough to give this fifth album a title is telling in itself. As was the subsequent, health-related departure of singer Howard Jones, who’s no guiltier than anyone else for just punching the clock here (including producer Brendan O’Brien), except on occasionally memorable offerings like “Reckoning” and “A Light in a Darkened World.”
6. 'Disarm the Descent' (2013)
The never-dreamt-of return of KsE’s long-gone founding vocalist Jesse Leach had fans salivating for months ahead of the 2013 release of ‘Disarm the Descent,’ but the end results were a mixed bag. Not least because Leach clearly needed some time to recover his top vocal form (and measure up to the departed Howard Jones – no slouch, if you’ll recall), which he did, but only on select album standouts like “The New Awakening,” “All We Have” and “You Don’t Bleed for Me.”
5. 'Killswitch Engage' (2000)
What KsE’s self-titled debut (not to be confused with 2009’s equally eponymous fifth platter) lacks in maturity it makes up for in raw excitement, and the thrill of hearing a now-loved musical blueprint taking shape, even if it’s in fits and starts, right before one’s eyes. This is very much the case with protean metalcore efforts like “Temple from the Within,” “Vide Infra” (both later fine-tuned and re-recorded), “Irreversal” and “In the Unblind,” which already boast the restless arrangements and harsh polarity of hard/soft elements that became Killswitch staples in years to come.
4. 'Incarnate' (2016)
KsE’s seventh album saw the band finding their way back to full strength after some mixed outcomes. But we say better late than never, based on so many stellar examples of familiar songwriting hallmarks, which welded irresistible choruses and a labyrinthine array of amazing riffs from Adam D. with improbable fluidity. As a bonus, singer Leach buried any remaining doubts about regaining his vocal prowess after so many years out on the sidelines, almost reaching black metal fury on “Hate By Design” while constantly showing off his versatility and thoughtful lyrics.
3. 'As Daylight Dies' (2006)
KsE had honed their distinctive metalcore formula to perfection by the release of 2006’s ‘As Daylight Dies,’ their fourth and possibly most consistent album, end to end. Here impeccably crafted creations like “This is Absolution,” “The Arms of Sorrow” and “My Curse” testified to the band’s hard-won lineup stability, as guitarists Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel and the rhythm section of bassist Mike D'Antonio and drummer Justin Foley gelled into peak form behind an ever more confident Howard Jones. Suffice to say that there was no room for Killswitch’s awesome cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver,” which had to be saved for the deluxe edition.
2. 'The End of Heartache' (2004)
The loss of a talented singer like Jesse Leach would have crippled or killed most bands, but Killswitch Engage proved both their resilient nature and the single-minded strength of their musical vision by rebounding immediately with what would become their all-time bestseller, 2004’s ‘The End of Heartache.’ Against all odds, soon-to-be-signature cuts like “When Darkness Falls,” “Rose of Sharyn,” “Breathe Life” and the title track proved that new frontman Howard Jones’ unflinchingly personal lyrics, daunting range and sheer power were easily the equal of his predecessor. Killswitch Engage were now on a roll!
1. 'Alive or Just Breathing' (2002)
Killswitch Engage recorded perhaps the prototypical 21st century metalcore album with their seminal sophomore release, ‘Alive or Just Breathing.’ Game-changing songs like “Self Revolution” and “Life to Lifeless” helped to rescue U.S. metal from its nu-metal doldrums by fusing American hardcore’s self-searching lyrics and brutish simplicity with the razor-sharp riffs and melodic hooks of European death metal bands. What’s more, although numerous bands had tried alternating melodic and gruff vocals in the past, singer Jesse Leach did more than most anyone before him to showcase the emotional possibilities of this dual approach, via template -setting tunes like “Fixation On the Darkness” and “My Last Serenade.”