Killswitch Engage and Howard Jones have finally teamed up. It was revealed via Instagram of the collaboration of Killswitch Engage and Howard Jones with current vocalist Jesse Leech, quoting:
“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!”
Originally, Leech didn’t specify what the track was for, but touches the issue of mental health. An issue both singers have expressed deeply and who both have admitted to have and still suffer from.
“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.
We may be very different-sounding voices, but, in truth, we are similar in many ways in our minds”
When returning to the band. Jesse admitted that the reason for his original exit from Killswitch Engage in 2002 was due to his battle with depression. Howard, also left the band in 2012 due to his ongoing struggle with depression.
“We are brothers in metal, anxiety, hardcore music, love of medicinal marijuana and fighting depression.
I had such a fun time listening to Adam Dutkiewicz 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.”
Via Jesse Leach Instagram
The track will be for Killswitch Engage’s upcoming album which will be the follow up to 2016’s “Incarnate”.
Howard,who currently played for Light The Torch (Previously known as The Devil You Know) has released their debut record “Revival” on March 30. Howard has also done guest vocals for Jamie Jasta from Hatebreed on his solo track ‘Chasing Demons’.