[UPDATED] Original Killswitch Engage Vocalist Returns

Coolest shirt ever. Both Howard and his shirts will be missed.

There have been some rumblings on the internet these last few days about Killswitch Engage regarding Howard Jones’ future in the band. As many of you know, Jones had to temporarily leave the band RIGHT before they embarked on a North American tour, and the band called up fellow Massachusetts-native Phil Labonte (All That Remains) to fill in for the tour. Well, the news just broke that Howard Jones is officially leaving the band. Here’s his official statement, via the band’s official Facebook page:

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Unearth Have A New Album Coming Out

Unearth and Ronnie James Dio

According to Theprp.com, Unearth are set to release their upcoming album, Darkness in the Light, early in July.

In other news, Unearth suck at coming up with album titles. I mean, really… Darkness in the Light? Who do they think they are, Ronnie James Dio? It sounds like the inverse of something he would write.

Do people even still listen to Unearth? I’m still waiting for them to write a new song. Hopefully they will at least keep all of their content original on this one.


The Element of Two: Leach and Dutkiewicz Return with Times of Grace

In 2002, a little-known band from Massachusetts put out a record called Alive or Just Breathing. This album would come to redefine what popular heavy music would sound like for years to come. With just their first effort with a major label, Killswitch Engage would catapult themselves to the top of the charts, turning heads in the world of heavy music, and with good reason. The album featured intricate and catchy guitar riffs, beautifully constructed vocals with uplifting lyrics, and crushing breakdowns. Soon after the release of the record, however, vocalist Jesse David Leach would go on to leave the band he poured his heart and soul into after going through a string of vocal troubles. The band would choose to go on after Leach’s departure, recruiting vocalist Howard Jones from the band Blood Has Been Shed. Jones exceeded all expectations, and well, the rest is history.

There was something about Leach’s vocals, however, and the tangible amount of passion you heard on that record was in a realm its own. Leach had this overwhelming sense of unity, encouragement and integrity in his lyrics that I really truly bonded with. So after several years later, and a few under the radar side projects, Leach announced that he’d be partnering up with KsE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz to write a new record together, under the new moniker, Times of Grace. Their debut album, titled The Hymn of a Broken Man, released just recently, on January 18th, 2011. As you can probably imagine, I bought this album as soon as I could find it.

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