Jesse Leach rejoins Killswitch Engage

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and with no official statement, this picture tells it all. Former Killswitch Engage and current The Empire Shall Fall vocalist Jesse Leach is now returning to Killswitch to take over vocal duties after Howard Jones announced his departure.

Jesse was the bands original vocalist and featured on their self-titled debut and their highly praised follow up ‘Alive Or Just Breathing’ before leaving in 2002. In 2010 the cracks in the current line-up with Howard Jones started to show. Howard left their tour due a number of rumoured reasons and was temporally replaced by All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte. During this tour Jesse would return and perform with Labonte on a revolving role during the set. The band were later joined by Howard again before announcing they would be taking a break to work on other projects.

After a break of roughly one year, the band started to work on their new album with Howard as their vocalist. The plan for the band was to enter the studio in February/March 2012 to record but early January 2012 Howard announced his departure:

Well, I guess I will shed a little light without going too deep. As some of you may know, I’ve had a pretty interesting couple of years to say the least battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that went unchecked for years. The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and to be honest they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me.

Recently we’ve all been in writing mode but somehow I couldn’t get excited about the new album and all the touring that would go with it. The guys saw it before I did. In hindsight I now realize that my heart wasn’t in it. I have had an amazing decade with KSE. I love Justin, MikeD, Joel and Adam for hanging in there and standing by me no matter how bad it was. I have so many good memories, and those are the ones that I will keep. Will I be involved in music again? Sure, I have been in bands for a little over half my life, can’t stop now. Until then, get the new KsE album, it’s going to be good. Thanks everyone for letting me try to entertain you, and I wish myself well in my future endeavors. Gone fishin’ Howard

The band have now updated their website with an image titled ‘kseband_2012’ which can be seen below:

Killswitch Engage Band Photo 2012

Killswitch Engage Band Photo 2012

     

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