Killswitch Engage‘s new material is set to feature an “EPIC” clash of the Killswitch vocalists!
The metalcore legends have hooked back up with former longtime singer Howard Jones in the studio to record a band new song.
…But that doesn’t mean current frontman Jesse Leach has been shunted to the sidelines.
In fact, Leach was the one who took to social media to reveal the huge collab, posting a studio pic of himself, Jones and guitarist Adam D on Instagram alongside the caption: “This dude was in the neighbourhood, so I figured hey let’s get him to lay down some stuff for a thing”.
“He did,” Leach continued, “and it is going to be EPIC!”.
In case you need a refresher, Jones took the reins from Leach as Killswitch’s main man for a decade stretching from 2002–2012, with Leach returning after Jones exited due to health issues.
And it seems like the two frontmen couldn’t be on better terms.
In a second Insta post, Leach shared a short clip of himself playfully lip-syncing along to Jones’ vocals, adding that he had a “great day talking mental health” with his counterpart.
“Today was epic, it was HUGE for the legacy of Killswitch,” Leach wrote.
“It was fun and it felt like what we were doing was important. I plan on using this song to help continue to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. Both Howard and I have a very strong outspoken stance on the subject and I will use this to help with the cause!”
The band last toured Australia in 2017 with Leach at the helm, off the back of their 2016 album, Incarnate.
Have a squiz at Leach’s Insty posts below as we wait for the fruits of this era-colliding collab to drop.
This dude was in the neighborhood, so I figured hey let’s get him to lay down some stuff for a thing…He did, and it is going to be EPIC! . That is all carry on with your day. 🤘🏼 #killswitchengage #kserecordingsessions #TheSignalFiresAlight #killswitchengage #AdamD #HowardJones #JesseLeach #LightTheTorch #Duet #YesItHappenedYouKnewItWouldSomeday #BombTrack #Banger #Unity #PMA
Because yah all loosin yah damn minds over my last post (we are stoked too the song is bad ass)! So here’s me lip syncing to Howard as he sings live (happening in the room behind me with the door open) at the studio today. Can you say uh HUGE voice! Straight up “black molasses” ha ha… it was such a great day talking mental Health with Hojo. A ton of laughs, stories and comradery! The song is about keeping hope in dark times and helping out those in need. The lyrics were written shortly after Howard’s band @lightthetorchband had announced the new direction and new name. The song was written even before we all hung out a few months back. This song was in fact written with Howard in mind and our connection through our similar mental illnesses. I mean now that I’ve hung with this guy a few times, it’s “crazy” (pun intended) how similar we are. We are brothers in Metal, anxiety, Hardcore music, love of medicinal marijuana and fighting depression. I had such a fun time listening to Adam bust Howard’s balls like he does mine. We both have that “Hardcore kid” push when it comes to vocals and the sharp pitch is our excited “go to” when singing (although his big vibrato truly makes it sound all good tho! We may be very different sounding voices but in truth we are similar in many ways in our minds. Today was epic, it was HUGE for the legacy of Killswitch, it was fun and it felt like what we were doing was important. I plan on using this song to help continue to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. Both Howard and I have a very strong outspoken stance on the subject and I will use this to help with the cause! @hopefortheday I’m looking at you, we will talk soon! Strength in Unity! Nothing but support and love for “Light The Torch!” Today was a good day! OH and if you haven’t BUY the new “Light The Torch” already! @killswitchengage @lightthetorchband #Duet #killswitchengage #kserecordingsessions #LightTheTorch #JesseLeach #HowardJones #Anxiety #Depression #MentalHealth #HonorTheLegacy #mentalhealthawareness #ItsOkNotToBeOk #SignalFire #Hope #SuicidePrevention #MedicalMarijuana #MarijuanaIsAMedicine #LegalizeIt #Metal #Hardcore