Killswitch Engage have a legion of dedicated fans and are well-respected among critics in the industry as well. They’ve just scored a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance (their third time being nominated in the category).
Not only that, they’ve won many other awards throughout their career to acknowledge how sick they are live, including Best Live Band at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods in 2014.
To celebrate their Grammy nomination, we’re counting down the 5 Reasons Why Killswitch Engage Are Unmissable Live.
1. they’ve got one of the best covers in metal history in their arsenal
When Killswitch Engage released their cover of Dio’s iconic ‘Holy Diver’ on a Kerrang! compilation, the metal world exploded. ‘High Voltage: A Brief History Of Rock’ came attached to the front cover of Kerrang! magazine back in 2006, and featured a bunch of classic rock anthems covered by newer bands on the scene. But, it was ‘Holy Diver’ that got tongues wagging as metal fans proclaimed it just as good as the original… some thought it was even better. The song remains a mainstay in Killswitch’s setlist.
2. those insane riffs from joel stroetzel
One of the founding members of the band, Joel Stroetzel has given us some of the most monstrous riffs in metal. If you wore your fingers away poring over tabs for ‘Rose Of Sharyn’ or ‘The Arms Of Sorrow’, you have this man to thank. We’ll have our air guitars at the ready at #DL2020 in June!
3. they’ve been going strong for two decades now…
Killswitch Engage released their self-titled debut album on 4th July 2000 – almost twenty years ago! Their most recent European tour set list featured songs from across their discography, including old fan favourites like ‘My Last Serenade’, ‘The End Of Heartache’, and of course, the always epic ‘My Curse’.
4. …and have just released their killer 8th album
‘Atonement’ has been racking up rave reviews across the board, and lead single ‘Unleashed’ has scored them a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards. The record features some famous names – Chuck Billy of Testament adds vocals on ‘The Crownless King’, and even former vocalist Howard Jones features on ‘The Signal Fire’. But, will there be a special guest appearance during their set at #DL2020? We’ll have to wait and see.
5. jesse leach is sounding better than ever
Jesse went under the knife last year to remove polyps from his vocal chords. He has spoken at length about the surgery and his recovery, saying in an interview with Kill Your Stereo: “For the first time in my career, I’m more confident as a singer and I have more of an idea about how my voice works. And I don’t know if I’d have that without this extreme thing happening to me. It was a scary couple of months but I’m glad it happened. I feel and sound better now because of it.”.
Judging by the reviews of the band’s most recent tour, Jesse is back on form and better than ever.