Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage
Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
2004 / 2010 / 2012 / 2016 / 2018




United States


Founded in 1999, this American metalcore band played a pivotal role in the surge of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. KSE’s music exhibits all the genre traits you’d expect: they mix growls, clean vocals and screams, the choruses are often clean-sung and anthemic. The frequent breakdowns, power chords and rapid-fire drum patterns: it’s all there. Contrary to other metalcore bands, though, KSE’s love of thrash and melodic death metal has them crossing traditional genre boundaries. KSE’s first post-Jones album, ‘Disarm the Descent’ (2013), differs from Jones-era Killswitch. The album consolidated the band’s status as the genre’s top dogs and the song ‘In Due Time’ was nominated for a Grammy for best metal performance. Original singer Jesse Leach returned to the fold in 2013 and on ‘Incarnate’ (2016) he was clearly involved in the recording process from the start and the band sounds like a ferocious, well-oiled unit. 2019’s ‘Atonement’ finds KSE in excellent form with Leach’s powerful harsh and engaging clean vocals, heart-wrenching melodies, typically groovy metalcore riffs and massive guitar duels reminiscent of such extreme metal acts as At the Gates.(#GMM22)