On a cool Saturday night KILLSWITCH ENGAGE came to the Franklin Music Hall as part of the "Collapse The World" co-headlining tour with Parkway Drive. The tour lineup was rounded out by Vein and After The Burial. I know.....brutal, right??
Killwitch is the definition of a high-energy band. Guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz jogs across the stage in shorts (hot dog patterned shorts for Philly) and headband (beer headband for Philly) . bassist Mike D'Antonio (killer Ibanez guitar in tow), guitarist Joel Strotzel (smiling and interacting with the fans), drummer Justin Foley (fiery and so powerful) and Jesse Leach leading the charge out front with his vocals matched word for word with the sold out crowd.
The tunes? Everything Philly wanted to hear, for me highlighted by "Hate By Design", and "Rose of Sharyn". Oh, and to close the set with an insane cover of Dio's "Holy Diver" always kills. Each time I've seen KSE they remind me just how epic they are. They have the music, they have the look, they have the hits, and they have a loyal legion of fans. Philly turned out strong for this tour and if you missed KIllswitch this time out, fear not. A co-headlining tour with Clutch has been announced for this Summer!
Rose of Sharyn
The End of Heartache
This is Absolution
Life to Lifeless
Take This Oath
Fixation on the Darkness
Hate by Design
My Last Serenade
Alone I Stand
In Due Time
Strength of the Mind Play
Holy Diver (Cover of Dio)
BAND ALSO APPEARING AT SUMMER FESTIVALS
Killswitch Engage and Clutch have announced co-headline tour dates this summer. Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 17 at 10am local time.
"We're excited to hit some of our favorite spots in July and to share the stage with Clutch," said KsE singer Jesse Leach. "Fun times ahead!"
"We are really looking forward to heading out on the road with Killswitch Engage," said Clutch frontman Neil Fallon. "It'll be a rager."
KsE are currently in the middle of a co-headline U.S. run with Parkway Drive. All remaining dates on that tour are below, as well.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + CLUTCH TOUR DATES:
7/8 — Quebec City, QC — Festival D'ete%
7/11 — London, ON — Rock The Park#
7/12 — Syracuse, NY — SI Hall
7/13 — Inwood, WV — Shiley Acres
7/14 — Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
7/16 — Fort Wayne, IN — The Clyde
7/18 — Sioux City, IA — Hard Rock & Casin
7/19 — Cadott, WI — Cadott Rock Fest#
7/20 — OshKosh, WI — Rock USA#
7/22 — Tulsa, OK — The Brady Theater
7/23 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
7/25 — Bethlehem, PA — Sands Event Center
7/26 — Asbury Park, NJ — Stone Pony Outdoors
7/27 — Montreal, QC — Heavy MTL#
7/28 — Bangor, ME — Impact Festival#
7/30 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount
8/2 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE Outdoors
8/3 — Port Chester, NY — Capital Theater
8/4 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors
8/7 — Las Vegas, NV — Psycho Las Vegas^
WITH PARKWAY DRIVE:
5/14 — Silver Spring, MD — The Fillmore Silver Spring
5/15 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore Detroit
5/16 — Milwaukee, WI — Eagles Club Stage
5/18 — Columbus, OH — Sonic Temple#
ABOUT KILLSWITCH ENGAGE:
Formed in 1999 out of western Massachusetts, Killswitch Engage are often credited as one of the most influential metal acts in the last 20 years. Twice Grammy-nominated, they've sold over 3 million records worldwide, with The End of Heartache and As Daylight Dies both certified Gold in the U.S. The band has enjoyed multiple Top 10-charting albums, with 2016's Incarnate landing at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Current Rock Albums chart, and debuting at #1 overall in Canada, #5 in Australia, and #10 in both the UK and Germany, a testament to the band's international reach.
As co-founders of Killswitch Engage, guitarist/backing vocalist Adam Dutkiewicz, guitarist Joel Stroetzel, bassist Mike D’Antonio, and lead vocalist Jesse Leach (who returned four years ago after a decade-long absence) together with longtime drummer Justin Foley continue to make trend-resistant, timeless heavy music that feeds the soul, touches the heart, and strengthens the mind. Spending much of their career on the road, Killswitch Engage have enjoyed premium slots on major U.S. tours, including OzzFest, Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest, Music As a Weapon, and Trespass America, as well as countless international festivals around the globe. Having shared the stage with acts ranging from Rise Against to Slayer, the diversity and versatility of their touring is unparalleled.
Their songs have been featured on Guitar Hero III, Rock Band, John Madden, the Resident Evil III soundtrack, and as entrance music for WWE wrestling champ CM Punk. The band's compelling history can be seen in their latest release, Beyond the Flames: Home Video Vol II, a treasure trove of gripping content, containing 3.5 hours of footage, including a 75-minute documentary that chronicles the return of original vocalist Leach after nearly a decade away from the band he helped form, as well as tons of live footage from around the globe. The band recently announced its signing to Metal Blade Records, with a new album planned for Fall 2019.
Maryland rockers Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the four original members got together in high school. Having been tagged hard rock, blues rock, southern stoner rock, and alternative metal by press and fans across the world alike it is safe to say one thing… "What you see is what you get," and what you get is a musical force that has been best described as the quintessential American Rock Band.
Book of Bad Decisions, Clutch's twelfth studio album was released on September 7, 2018 via their own Weathermaker Music label. Book of Bad Decisions debuted at #1 on several charts around the world including the US Billboard Hard Rock chart. The album was recorded at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN by producer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) and consists of 15 new tracks.
It would be easy to suggest that legendary Maryland rockers Clutch have made their finest record to date. This may even be true. You see, the thing about Clutch is that ever since their 1993 debut Transnational Speedway League they've been in the business of writing stone cold classics, and even the most rabid fan would have trouble picking just one. Book of Bad Decisions won't make that task any easier. Rest assured, it's another classic.
Clutch is: Neil Fallon — Vocals/Guitar, Tim Sult — Guitar, Dan Maines — Bass, Jean-Paul Gaster — Drums/Percussion.