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Killswitch Engage Confirm Jesse Leach Return have released a statement confirming that Jesse Leach is Killswitch Engage back in the band.
StatementAfter 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 ... 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 ... 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."
Leach also commented on his return, 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 ... 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. #killswitch engage
11:57 AM on 02/08/12
This was the right choice.
11:59 AM on 02/08/12
Who is jason leach?!?!
Edit: Mr. Tate - Fond of your own name? haha
12:05 PM on 02/08/12
nightmare dressed like a daydream
I am sooooooo stupid excited about this!
12:27 PM on 02/08/12
That's pretty damn big for KsE fans. Although I loved Howard Jones voice more.
12:31 PM on 02/08/12
Alive or Just Breathing is their best record, not just because of Jesse though.
New album will probably suck based on the fact that their songs suck now
12:32 PM on 02/08/12
I haven't really listened to anything they've done since the first record with Howard, but this seems like a good move for everyone involved. Alive or Just Breathing was one hell of a metalcore record (a genre that doesn't have many bonafide "classic" material) and I'll be giving this new one a listen.
That being said...BLOOD HAS BEEN SHED REUNION. NOW!
12:39 PM on 02/08/12
Excuse me, I just wet myself.
12:55 PM on 02/08/12
Doesn't afraid of anything
"I will sing every note with all of my soul"
Gave me goosebumps.
01:12 PM on 02/08/12
I'd honestly be happier if Howard hadn't left KsE and Jesse stuck with Times of Grace. But this obviously pleases all of the
01:14 PM on 02/08/12
Problem Solver Extraordinaire
Howards voice is better but i'm willing to give Jesses voice a shot when the album comes out I guess
01:25 PM on 02/08/12
die young and save yourself
I like Howard's voice but this is still pretty great news.
02:52 PM on 02/08/12
Be the change you wish to see
I have hope for this band once again.
03:01 PM on 02/08/12
Je suis l'Alpha et l'Oméga
Surprised at all these preferences for Howard. He was good but as a longtime fan (I remember getting AOJB for 15 smacks at Media Play) theres no competition.
03:12 PM on 02/08/12
Media Play! Woah, that brings back memories.