Killswitch Engage, sometimes known simply as Killswitch (or KSE), is a metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, USA. The band's current lineup includes Howard Jones as vocalist, Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel on guitars, Mike D'Antonio on bass, and Justin Foley on drums.
The band's music has been heavily influenced by the melodic death metal scene. Their sound comes from its mix of powerful, crushing riffs, double bass drum patterns, and a combination of furious screaming along with clean vocals. Another notable feature of their music is the use of complex single-note and power chord riffs featuring dual-guitar harmonies, often punctuated with pinch harmonic squeals (which is described by Underoath on the "World Ablaze" DVD as "shooting a pig in the side with a crossbow").
Following the demise of his band Overcast in 1998, bassist Mike D'Antonio trawled the underground Massachusetts hardcore punk and heavy metal scene in search of a line-up for a new band. In 1999, D'Antonio met Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel, AFTeRSHOCK?
years active 1998 – Present
music genre Metalcore
Melodic Death Metal
current members Howard Jones (heavy metal musician)
past members Jesse Leach, Pete Cortese, Tom Gomes