Killswitch Engage Part Ways With Vocalist

Killswitch Engage have parted ways with vocalist Howard Jones.

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Killswitch Engage have parted ways with vocalist Howard Jones.

No reason for the split or replacement singer have been given yet. Jones, 41, replaced original singer Jesse Leach in 2002, after the release of their breakthrough "Alive Or Just Breathing" album. He has also handled lead vocals in the band Blood Has Been Shed, and released three studio albums with them.

Killswitch Engage just posted the following statement on their official Facebook page:

"To our family, friends and fans: We have decided to continue on without Howard Jones as the singer of Killswitch Engage. We love Howard and are thankful for the nine years that we've had him in the band. Out of respect for everyone involved we will not be discussing the specific reasons behind this decision. Howard is a part of our family and always will be, and we wish him well. He has left big shoes to fill, so we certainly have our work cut out for us to find the next singer of Killswitch, something we plan on making priority #1 going forward. Most importantly, thanks to all of you for all the support throughout the years and for sticking by us for all this time. We really do appreciate it and we very much look forward to having a new record for all of you in the not too distant future that we can all be proud of.

Sincerely, Adam, Joel, Mike & Justin."

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    Cheeseman Jay
    A shock, and a disappointment. Interesting to see who they'll get in as replacement. I'd be open to Jesse returning, so long as it didn't affect Times of Grace.
    Cheeseman Jay wrote: A shock, and a disappointment. Interesting to see who they'll get in as replacement. I'd be open to Jesse returning, so long as it didn't affect Times of Grace.
    I don't think jesse would fit in with the current songs kse play, their sound has evolved too much from Alive Or Just Breathing, and honestly I believe that Howard was one of the main reasons why they can be easily distinguished from other metalcore bands. They are going to need someone special.
    Still bummed to see him leave though, the comedy act that was him and Adam really added something to their live shows
    When I saw the post they wrote yesterday on Facebook, I wasnt expecting it at all. Its a real shame because he has such a great clean voice but also some real raspy screamo stuff! Shame to see him leave
    NOOOOO Howard was an epic vocalist and I'm probably the only person that thinks it, but I preferred his vocals to Jesse's. Jesse was great don't get me wrong, but I always felt Howard had that special "something" that made Killswitch so distinguishable from other metalcore bands..
    Saw this coming a mile off, they've been having trouble in the band for a long time now. Kind of read the negativity and lack of imagination in the lyrics of their last album as a sign that things weren't too great also.
    hmmmmm well this kinda blows to start out the year..... but thats okey cause NEW TOOL ALBUM COMES OUT THIS YEAR!!!!
    Howard did take the vocals to a new level from alive. Always one of my all time favorite singers! This is sad
    This sucks very badly... Jesse Leach, come back. It's the only solution... Or maybe Phil Labonte?
    I'm disappointed because I love Howard's vocals. At the same time, they've had to have people fill in for him because he's blown out his voice in the past. Does it necessarily have to be an entirely personal reason they parted ways? Another thing that I'm excited about it is to see if their next album sounds different from the last 3, because they all sounded WAY too similar.
    This and Oceanos vocalist also left... Sad sad day in metal
    Well we've got Randy Blythe running for president...
    Phil Labonte? Philswitch Engage was awesome for the dates they played, but Idk if he has the time.
    PHILSWITCH ENGAGE! Even though Phil Labonte already said he's definitely staying with ATR...
    Saw this coming from a mile away. Can't wait to see who the replacement will be.
    I'm indifferent to Howard leaving, he's a good guy and all and a good vocalist but KSE has been going downhill from the moment he stepped in and Jesse left. Just my opinion. Now if Jesse steps back in, I wouldn't mind forgetting all about Howard.
    I'll be the only person who mentions this, but I really feel like Karl Schubach from Misery Signals is the best pure replacement, as in his harsh vocals are similar and he's a decent signer. Their best bet, though, is to bring in a new harsh vocalist and just let Adam do clean vocals. Although, it pains me to know that the next time I see Killswitch I'll have to hear some random voice sing Rose of Sharyn. Only Howard can sing that song to full affect. I saw KsE once with Phil Labonte filling in. He did wonderfully, but he didn't even try sing that chorus. He just let the crowd do it. Would have sounded too strange. Again, Karl Schubach. I think he'd be perfect.
    i actually never liked his voice anyway. no offense to the fans, but i always thought it sounded like he had half a dick shoved down his throat.
    I'm desperate right now, searching for a **** to give about this.
    I can't believe this! their last album was 100% perfect and howards vocals just ruled on it (as well as all their previous albums with him.....this sucks!
    I found it hard to listen to this group because of the vocalist, I just dont like his voice. Good news for me, feel sorry for everyone else.
    "Killswitch got me into screaming bands and my first girlfriend" Can't stop laughing at that statement. Good work, sir!
    Bring Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed) to do it! Hell ppl have been saying for ages that they sound alike! lol
    Saw this yesterday. Sucks. Maybe it's their curse. hopefully they'll find an end to their heartache though.
    m4ss3 m/
    Just started to listen them again two days ago. One of my favorite bands of all time. This is some very sad news, but I try to be open about the next singer. It must haven't been easy to accept Howard in the band after Jesse's departure.