Killswitch Engage Reunite with Vocalist Jesse Leach


Story by Anne Erickson

Original singer Jesse Leach rejoins Killswitch Engage

It’s official: Former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, who left Massachusetts metal group in 2002, is back with the band. The news came out rather simply: The band posted a photo of the band reunited on their official website. They’re all smiling in the picture. That’s a good sign.

Howard Jones, Leach’s replacement in Killswitch Engage, officially left the group in early January, after a full decade with the metal guys. He recently explained in a note his reason for leaving: “Well, I guess I will shed a little light without going too deep. As some of you may know, I’ve had a pretty interesting couple of years, to say the least, battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes that went unchecked for years. The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and, to be honest, they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me… I have had an amazing decade with Killswitch Engage. I love Justin, Mike D, Joel and Adam for hanging in there and standing by me no matter how bad it was. I have so many good memories, and those are the ones that I will keep.”

As for Leach rejoining Killswitch, it’s not a huge shock. The group saw plenty of success with him at the helm, and since then, he’s stayed active with lead guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz in Times of Grace, which toured the country with Christian metal greats Underoath last summer. Are you stoked to have Leach back in the fold?




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