Killswitch Engage officially announce the return of Jesse Leach

While we all knew he had returned from the picture on the bands website, Killswitch Engage have released their official statement regarding the return of Jesse Leach behind the mic.

The band revealed that Jesse was not simply brought back in, he was in fact made to audition for his former role. “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.”

“After much deliberation and careful consideration, we are pleased to announce that Jesse Leach has re-joined Killswitch Engage. Our job was to find the best person to fill Howard’s shoes: a decision based on talent and not familiarity.”

“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.”

Jesse also commented on his return: “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.” He continued, “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.”

Fans will be able to catch Jesse back in action on the following tour dates:

4/22 Worcester, MA @ Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
6/1-6/3 Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park
6/8 Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Pannonia Fields II (Nova Rock)
6/15 Copenhagen, Denmark (Copenhell)
6/16 Gothenburg, Sweden (Metaltown)
6/22 Milan, Italy @ Arena Fiera Milano (Gods Of Metal)
6/24 Dessel, Belgium @ Festival Park ‘Stenehel’ (Grasspop)


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