Artists: Shadows Fall, Acaro
Killswitch Engage formed with the dissolution of heavy metal bands, Aftershock and Overcast, in the late '90s. Mike D'Antonio and Adam Dutkiewicz left their respective bands and recruited Joel Stroezel and Jesse Leach and conceived Killswitch. The name was taken from an episode of the sci-fi cult classic series X-Files. They recorded a demo in 1999 and toured in hopes of finding a recording contract. They released their self-titled debut through indie label Ferret Records. While the album didn't chart, it did catch the attention of A&R execs from Roadrunner Records who signed the band. They released their sophomore set, Just Breathing, in 2001 and managed to score a #37 berth on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
Killswitch Engage tour dates took them around the country fueling their rising profile. In 2002, Killswitch Engage tour dates were booked on the Road Rage Tour in the UK and The Netherlands with 36 Crazyfists and they continued to schedule concerts throughout 2003 before returning to the studio. They released The End of Heartache in 2004 and suddenly had a hit album on their hands. The disc debuted at #21 on the Billboard 200 and went on to receive a Gold certification. Rolling Stone magazine hailed the record as a "stunning collection" and praised the album's ferocious guitar riffs. Their single "The End of Heartache" was featured in the film Resident Evil: Apocalypse and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2004. Killswitch Engage tour dates were booked at the Reading and Leeds Festival in 2006 and throughout Australia.
They released the follow-up, As Daylight Dies, in 2006 which peaked at #32 on the album charts. Their cover of Dio's '80s rock hit, "Holy Diver", became the biggest single of their career and scored them another Gold record. Killswitch Engage tour dates were booked on the No Fear Tour throughout 2007 and they entered the studio to record their most recent album. The self-titled record was released in 2009 and became their first top ten album when it debuted at #7 on the charts. They then signed on to tour along the Mayhem Festival with Marilyn Manson and Slayer that year. In 2010, Killswitch Engage tour dates were scheduled at the Download Festival. Currently, the band is working on new material for their sixth album. With a decade in the business, Killswitch Engage has provided us with the most ruthless and hard hitting metal out there. Don't miss a date on the Killswitch Engage tour schedule. Use Eventful as your source for Killswitch Engage tour dates and concert schedule information as they become available.