So it may not be new news that long-time Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones had recently split with the group after almost 10 years with the band. For a few days, it has been uncertain the reasons why he left, but recently, some light was shed.
Jones left this message on killswitchengage.com:
Well, I guess I will shed a little light without going too deep. As some of you may know, I’ve had a pretty interesting couple of years to say the least battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that went unchecked for years. The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and to be honest they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me.
Recently we’ve all been in writing mode but somehow I couldn’t get excited about the new album and all the touring that would go with it. The guys saw it before I did. In hindsight I now realize that my heart wasn’t in it. I have had an amazing decade with KSE. I love Justin, MikeD, Joel and Adam for hanging in there and standing by me no matter how bad it was. I have so many good memories, and those are the ones that I will keep. Will I be involved in music again? Sure, I have been in bands for a little over half my life, can’t stop now. Until then, get the new KsE album, it’s going to be good. Thanks everyone for letting me try to entertain you, and I wish myself well in my future endeavors. Gone fishin’ Howard
So with Howard out of the picture, the band must push forward and seek for a new front man. They also posted on their website asking for fans to step up to the plate and send an mp3 along with a picture and bio to try out as the new vocalist. Who knows if they will continue through that route, but it will be interesting to what they come up with.
We will be sure to keep you updated if anything else happens in this transitional situation for the highly popular metal band.
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