Killswitch Engage Split with Vocalist Howard Jones

Killswitch Engage have announced that singer Howard Jones has parted ways with the band. Jones had been in the band for nine years, since replacing current Times of Grace frontman Jesse Leach. He recorded three albums with the band, the last of which was 2009’s self-titled effort.

Killswitch Engage were due to enter the studio shortly to begin writing a new album for a release later this year.

The band’s remaining members–Adam Dutkiewicz, Joel Stroetzel, Mike D’Antonio, and Justin Foley–posted the following statement on their website and 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.”


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  • Isabella Garrison

    This. Is. Crap.

  • Sean


  • E-man15

    What the heck?!??!
    Howard is a beast at screaming and singing….

  • Bing

    Maybe this is a catalyst for Jesse to come back

  • AKsoul

    Music to my ears!!! Jesse Leach is the only Killswitch front man I have every enjoyed listening to. I haven’t bought a Killswitch album or attended a show since Howard Jones became the front man. Hopefully the new front man they find has what it takes to keep people listening in this time of hardship for musicians.

  • Lee

    That really sucks!!!!!!! I liked Jesse’s time with them, but preferred Howard. I just hope they can find somebody worthy of the job.

  • Athar Adam Rnr

    wtf? :S

  • Daniel Bedoya

    que mierda!

  • Robert Ellis

    Jesse Leach please return. :) You and Adam D were Killswitch Engage.Β 

  • Arzuaga978

    I hated killswitch till Howard came. It will never be the same. This is off topic but that asshole Adam fucked up my night twice being a clown live fuckin up the songs.he should’ve left instead of Howard!

  • Centerpartners2

    Crap! Howard was the poop and not in the smelly way

  • Mike T

    I really cant get over this, kse wont be the same, sure jesse was good but didnt even come close to howard… How could you kse ? How could you?

  • baysin

    I speculate that the reason KSE let Howard go is that Howard has been battling heavy alcoholism for the past few years. I was in rehab with him in Antigua April 2010 to May 2010 which is the reason behind his short break from the band then. While he successfully completed the program while I was there he was dealing with some pretty heavy issues, both physical and mental, as a result of severe alcohol abuse. I love Howard to death and I sincerely hope he gets back on the wagon right away. This is life and death my brother! Peace!!