Howard Jones Explains Killswitch Engage Departure

Vocalist Howard Jones reveals some of the reasons why he is no longer a member of Killswitch Engage.

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Just a few days ago it was announced - to the dismay of many fans - that Killswitch Engage's longtime vocalist Howard Jones would no longer be a member of the band. Howard, who was a member of Killswitch Engage for nine years, personally addressed his departure and revealed some of the reasons behind it.

"Well, I guess I will she'd a little light without going too deep," Howard posted on Killswitch Engage's official website, www.killswitchengage.com. "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 group suggests that there will be a record in the near future despite currently lacking a vocalist. Killswitch Engage is also scheduled to play the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival this year on April 22nd.

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    eclipse812
    Definitely earned some respect for the guy after this. Glad to see a band actually being sensible and civilized about a bandmate departure.
    Megadethfan245
    Not a fan of their music, but he sounds like a pretty good guy. It's awesome to hear someone who after they depart from a band wish the band members lots of support.
    kumamilesbear
    Mad respect for Howard. It isn't every day somebody leaves a band and tells all the fans to get the new album, the one they AREN'T going to be on. Howard, you gave me some of my favorite songs, some of my favorite albums. I'm sad to see you go, but I wish you all the best in whatever the future holds for you.
    metalburn9
    I've seen killswitch a few times live and he just sends out a vibe that he is a good guy. Being a killswitch fan, i saw this coming with the whole times of grace 'sideproject'. Should be interesting to see them with a new singer, hopefully they dont take phil labonte away from atr again.
    ChucklesMginty
    chrisvasco23 wrote: it is very refreshing to see a band member departing from the band and no he said she said nonsense. thats rare
    *cough* Portnoy *cough*
    .:!j.man!:.
    Guys stop thanking Howard. The real thanks deserves to go to the UG team for actually giving the article the right title.
    harpcicle
    ChucklesMginty wrote: chrisvasco23 wrote: it is very refreshing to see a band member departing from the band and no he said she said nonsense. thats rare *cough* Portnoy *cough*
    Portnoy's demeanor towards leaving Dream Theater was just shit and he still hasn't shut up about it either. Now Killswitch and their relationship with all their ex-members, that's an example to everyone
    Amuro Jay
    The only way I'd want to see Jesse back into the band is if they made another album like AOJB, but that won't happen.
    Skiny boy89
    He's very mature about this, i'm not a KsE fan but he seems like a very nice man. Hope he does well in whatever he goes about doing in the future.
    Battman1993
    I really hope Howard comes back to music soon..I'd love to see him as a solo artist or form some supergroup
    chrisvasco23
    it is very refreshing to see a band member departing from the band and no he said she said nonsense. thats rare
    HARTATTACK69
    xicetraex wrote: I saw killswitch live at mayhem a couple years ago, and this guy was a total douche. He kept blabbering about headbutting a teenage girl in between the legs. And no, I'm not joking.
    whats wrong with that
    DJBronson
    My name is Bronson. However if it were not, I would want it to be Howard. I wish this man happy trails and hopes he starts a band name named Howard and the Moobs.
    Minivirus2
    metalburn9 wrote: I've seen killswitch a few times live and he just sends out a vibe that he is a good guy. Being a killswitch fan, i saw this coming with the whole times of grace 'sideproject'. Should be interesting to see them with a new singer, hopefully they dont take phil labonte away from atr again.
    As much as I adore ATR, their first 3 albums and enjoy the latest two, they're a sinking ship. They've lost what made them great in the early days and I just can't bare some of the song writing decisions they're making these days. Their saving grace is Oli. I'd hate to see Phil go, but putting an end to the current ATR/creating a window to rediscover what ATR is, isn't a totally abusrd prospect in my mind. The Fall of Ideals was a departure from their early sound, but it kept to certain vein. With Overcome, they pushed FAR to closely towards the mainstream... Oh, and had terrible production on the album too.
    Mike7x
    It would make only a crap load of sense for Jesse to return.... But then Killswitch would basically just be Times of Grace
    ordinary_story
    xicetraex wrote: I saw killswitch live at mayhem a couple years ago, and this guy was a total douche. He kept blabbering about headbutting a teenage girl in between the legs. And no, I'm not joking.
    Sounds like something Adam D would say.. Although im not super into these guys anymore..I think a fresh singer ought to spice em up again. Their latest stuff has been bland to say the least.
    False_God
    Can't wait to see what he does next. Great vocalist and great guy in general.
    Biggilton
    Man, I thought all the comments would be wishing Howard a good departure and good years ahead, But no. Of course not. That's too nice. Do we, as musicians, have a brain cell that keeps telling us "The first singer was better"? Because this always happens. People move on, you should wish them the best and move on too. Just my two cents.
    metalslayer09
    I really loved the and with howard in it but I really just hope howard is gonna be alright. It's be cool to hear him sing us something else a little later on
    HarrySound
    Thank you howard. .....still hope of a Jesse Leach cameo album with Killswitch then? O yes!
    maiden7x
    This makes me really unhappy, he was the main reason I liked this band. I hope for the best for him, especially with that diabetes.
    Gmaster69
    I F***ING LOVE U HOWARD U ARE MY FAVORITE SINGER!!!! hope to c u live someday no matter wht band u r in. :M:
    rtdgamefan
    Howard needs to start a country band. Hootie did. In all seriousness, this is extremely sad, but I wish Howard health and success. KsE was the first concert I ever saw about six years ago and the only reason I went was initially because of him.
    fartsyjoe420
    Necro138 wrote: Every time I hear KSE with Howard on it I always think "This would sound so much better with Jesse".
    this. i hate to say it, i like and respect howard as a musician/person, but those shoes were impossible to fill. he did a great job, but there was never a time where i went 'he fits better than jesse.' glad to see this isn't an ugly split though, because i do like killswitch, this just begs the question... who's next?
    limpidgreen345
    They're acting like grown-ups which needless to say is odd... usually when this happens, even when they try to put a good face on it, it's pretty obvious they're all pissed off at eachother and at least one of them is on an ego trip.
    timmymaines
    well doesnt sound like theres much conflict between anyone which is rare...and for someone who leaves cuz he didnt have his heart into it..shows he didnt let the money and fame get to him...kse is a great band and he will be hard to replace by far...but i hope them the best of luck..
    RC52190
    benoith wrote: I really like this group and this singer it's sad to see him go but it's nice to leave with as much class (sorry for the very poor English, but I'm French and I'm young lol)
    And sadly, your english is considerably better than most American adults. Very sad indeed.
    FlamingForce
    Man, ever since I saw them live at fortarock I've been wanting to see them again, such an awesome show.. Too bad ): Props to them though, This handled this very well.
    Horizons18
    I really don't think Phil Labonte should join the band, his singing is extremely bad live. Sure he might sound good on the record, but you can't decieve people forever.
    BuriedAlive7x
    Mike Portnoy should be the new vocalist, he did a good job on the first 30 seconds of "Bridges in the Sky" ooooahhhh
    fredricksondc
    Love howard with these guys, so good together, last album very emotional and not as heavy. still good though, would like to see MYKE TERRY(EX BURY YOUR DEAD SINGER) make a comeback with these guys.
    benoith
    I really like this group and this singer it's sad to see him go but it's nice to leave with as much class (sorry for the very poor English, but I'm French and I'm young lol)
    Necro138
    Every time I hear KSE with Howard on it I always think "This would sound so much better with Jesse".
    RC52190
    All Howard ever sends out is love, it's hard not to respect this guy no matter what your opinion is on his involvement in music. There should be more people like him and the rest of the KSE members in music who can act like adults and break up a band with dignity. I guess Howard just realized his time with KSE has passed. He's done what he could and needs to move on to something else, which they all can respect. I love this band but somehow this doesn't really bother me, because I kind of agree. Their last album sounded good but that's just because KSE naturally sounds good. However, it really sounded more like they were just going through the motions throughout it. I can't wait to see what happens next.
    CydoniaKnight95
    Not a fan, but I've always respected them as artists Pity he's going, seems like a nice guy and is a great vocalist
    m4ss3 m/
    DiverDown316 wrote: You think Corey Taylor will try out for this one? LMAO
    Haha, now that would be just epic to see.