Killswitch Engage was born from the ashes of the bands Overcast and Aftershock. In 1999, after the dissolution of both groups, Overcast bassist Mike D'Antonio teamed up...More
Killswitch Engage was born from the ashes of the bands Overcast and Aftershock. In 1999, after the dissolution of both groups, Overcast bassist Mike D'Antonio teamed up with Aftershock guitarists Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel. Vocalist Jesse Leach (Nothing Stays Gold) rounded out the band, who took their name from the "Kill Switch" episode of The X-Files. The band released their debut EP later that year. A self-titled full-length followed in 2000. In 2003, bassist Justin Foley of Blood Has Been Shed joined the band.
In 2004, the band's third studio album, The End of Heartache, catapulted them into mainstream attention. The album peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200. The album's title track was featured in Resident Evil: Apocalypse and was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 2005 Grammy Awards. Their next album, As Daylight Dies, peaked at #32 on the Billboard charts and a second self-titled LP debuted at the #7 slot on the charts. After several lineup shakeups, the band's star continued to rise, with their 2013 album, Disarm the Descent, debuting at #15 on the UK charts and at #7 in the US. In 2019, with their current lineup back in place, Killswitch Engage released their eighth album, Atonement, via Metal Blade Records.