This melodic US metalcore band was formed after the demise of two local Massachusetts bands, Aftershock and the underrated Overcast. Combining modern hardcore à la Hatebreed, with the fluid Scandinavian thrash sound of In Flames, Killswitch Engage heralded a new wave of intricate and aggressive American metal. The original line-up of the band featured Rhode Island native and former Corrin vocalist Jesse David Leach, bass player Mike DAntonio (ex-Overcast), guitarist Joel Stroetzel and drummer Adam Dutkiewicz (both ex-Aftershock).
A series of impressive local performances earned the band a support slot to In Flames on their American tour, which in turn secured a contract with the independent Ferret Records. The resulting self-titled collection, released in 2000, was a highly impressive and well-received debut. Dynamic and diverse the band shifted seamlessly between hardcore breakdowns and death metal riffs, while Leach alternated...
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