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Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Killswitch Engage to its roster! Partnering with Sony Music Entertainment outside of North America, the band will be releasing their upcoming album in 2019 worldwide.
Metal Blade's CEO/founder Brian Slagel comments: "I have been a huge fan and friend of Killswitchfor a long time, so it is truly an honor to be able to work with them. So happy to welcome them to the Metal Blade family."
Jesse Leach (vocals): "I'm beyond stoked to sign with the legendary Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music. It's clear they truly understand and believe in what we do as a band, and we're psyched to have them on our side. It's an exciting new chapter for KSE and we can't wait to see what the future holds."
Adam Dutkiewicz (guitar): "I'm very excited to say that Killswitch Engage will be joining forces with Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music! Super stoked to join the ranks with a long list of many epic metal acts, as well as a team of excellent human beings who truly have a genuine love for metal music. Here's to an awesome future with awesome labels!"
Benjamin Voss, Senior A&R Manager Columbia/Sony Music Germany: "I am very happy and proud to work with such an amazing band like Killswitch Engage in the future. We are absolutely excited about releasing their new album on Sony Music outside North America."
Currently finishing work on their upcoming album, Killswitch Engage have taken a break from recording to embark on a summer European tour with Iron Maiden. The trek will also see the band appear at various premier festivals (Sweden Rock, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest, etc.), along with a few special headlining shows. Then in the fall, the band will be touring across Australia with Parkway Drive. See below for all dates!
Killswitch Engage tour dates
w/ Iron Maiden
May 26 - Saku Arena - Tallinn, Estonia
May 28 - Hartwall Arena - Helsinki, Finland
May 29 - Hartwall Arena - Helsinki, Finland
May 31 - Pustervik - Goteborg, Sweden ***
June 1 - Tele2 Arena - Stockholm, Sweden
June 2 - Rockefeller Music Hall - Oslo, Norway ***
June 3 - Trondheim Rocks @ Dahls Arena - Trondheim, Norway **
June 5 - Royal Arena - Copenhagen, Denmark
June 7 - Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, Sweden **
June 9 - Rockavaria - Munich, Germany **
June 10 - Expo Plaza - Hannover, Germany
June 11 - Live Music Hall - Cologne, Germany ***
June 13 - Waldbuhne - Berlin, Germany
June 14 - Kwadrat - Krakow, Poland ***
June 16 - Akvarium Klub - Budapest, Hungary ***
June 17 - Novarock Festival - Nickelsdorf, Austria **
June 19 - Proxima - Warsaw, Poland ***
June 20 - Letnany Airport - Prague, Czech Republic
June 22 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium **
June 24 - Hellfest - Clisson, France **
June 25 - Den Atelier - Luxembourg, Luxembourg ***
June 26 - Geneva Arena - Geneva, Switzerland
June 28 - Rock in Rome @ Ippodromo Capanelle - Rome, Italy *
June 29 - Rock the Castle @ Villafranca Castle - Verona, Italy **
June 30 - Messe Freiburg - Freiburg, Germany
July 1 - GelreDome - Arnhem, Netherlands
July 31 - Metro Radio Arena - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Aug. 1 - The Academy Dublin - Dublin, Ireland ***
Aug. 2 - SSE Arena - Belfast, UK
Aug. 4 - Aberdeen Exhibition & Conf. Centre - Aberdeen, UK
Aug. 6 - Manchester Arena - Manchester, UK
Aug. 7 - Genting Arena - Birmingham, UK
Aug. 10 - 02 Arena - London, UK
Aug. 11 - 02 Arena - London, UK
*=w/ Megadeth (no Iron Maiden)
***=Killswitch Engage headlining off-date
Killswitch Engage tour dates
w/ Parkway Drive
Oct. 25 - UC Refectory - Canberra, Australia
Oct. 26 - Hordern Pavilion - Sydney, Australia
Oct. 27 - Nex - Newcastle, Australia
Oct. 28 - Riverstage - Brisbane, Australia
Nov. 02 - Margaret Court Arena - Melbourne, Australia
Nov. 03 - Entertainment Centre - Adelaide, Australia
Nov. 06 - HBF Stadium - Perth, Australia
Formed in 1999 out of western Massachusetts, Killswitch Engage is often credited as one of the most influential metal acts in the last 20 years. Spending much of their career on the road, the band has enjoyed premium slots on major USA tours, including Ozzfest, Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest, Music As a Weapon, and Trespass America, as well as countless international festivals around the globe. Having shared the stage with acts ranging from Rise Against to Slayer, the diversity and versatility of their touring is unparalleled. Their songs have been featured on Guitar Hero III, Rock Band, John Madden, the Resident Evil III soundtrack, and as entrance music for WWE wrestling champ CM Punk.
Twice Grammy-nominated, Killswitch Engage has sold over 3 million records worldwide, with The End of Heartache and As Daylight Dies both certified Gold in the U.S and Silver in the UK. The band's latest album - 2016's Incarnate - landed at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Current Rock Albums chart, and debuted at #1 overall in Canada, #5 in Australia, and #10 in both the UK and Germany - a testament to their international reach.
2018 will mark the end of the Incarnate album cycle, which saw the group reach new heights with its collection of anthems that set the heavy music world ablaze. Co-founders of Killswitch Engage - guitarist/backing vocalist Adam Dutkiewicz, guitarist Joel Stroetzel, bassist Mike D’Antonio, and lead vocalist Jesse Leach (who returned six years ago after a decade-long absence) - plus longtime drummer Justin Foley, are currently working on a new album, with Adam Dutkiewicz handling producer duties once again. Employing their usual unrelenting determination to continually release powerfully potent work, Killswitch Engage plans to deliver another trend-resistant, timeless record that feeds the soul, touches the heart, and strengthens the mind. Stay tuned for more news about this new album coming soon!
Killswitch Engage line-up:
Jesse Leach - Vocals
Adam Dutkiewicz - Guitar
Joel Stroetzel - Guitar
Justin Foley - Drums
Mike D'Antonio - Bass