The Academy, Dublin: Wednesday 1st August, 2018. Click here to view available tickets.
Doors 7.00pm | Over 18’s | ID Required
Within every musical movement of any importance, there are those few whose monikers are synonymous with specific strains of artistic achievement. It is from the creative leadership of these trailblazers that dozens of descendants have undeniably drawn inspiration. To mention one of these bands in conversation is to mentally conjure a musical identity, a fellowship of fans and of multiple inspired acts.
Killswitch Engage has become one such entity. Built organically from the most potent components of melodic, heavy and catchy-as-hell European death metal and the almost spiritual essence of the most grimy, urgent and forever yearning American hardcore, the brilliantly individual and self-described “Massholes” in Killswitch (as fans often abbreviate it) have come to define a generational shift equal parts inevitable and by design, as cultural earthquakes and uprisings often are.
The arrival of their self-titled debut and their Roadrunner-released follow-up, the Decibel Magazine “Hall of Fame” classic Alive or Just Breathing, heralded the dawn of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal and introduced the world to the soulful declarations-against-the- darkness of pensive, uplifting singer Jesse Leach. The singer’s thoughtful lyrics were paired with the dynamic, fluid and unstoppable riffing of drummer-turned-guitarist/producer and on-stage madman Adam Dutkiewicz. Joel Stroetzel’s guitar sound, tone and technique remain driving, persistent and immediate, laying the foundation for the band’s dueling guitar style. Co-founding member and illustrative architect Mike D’Antonio has long served as an anchor personally, professionally and rhythmically and has designed the band’s cover and album art from the beginning. He has been backed, for most of the band’s career, by drummer Justin Foley, whose polyrhythms drove Blood Has Been Shed for years and whose command behind the kit in Killswitch is undeniable. The decade that followed after Kerrang! promised that Killswitch’s fresh reinvigoration of the genre would “kill nu-metal dead” saw the band sell millions across the globe, including two certified gold albums in the U.S.: The End of Heartache (the first following Leach’s departure) and As Daylight Dies. From Ozzfest to Warped Tour to Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, from the cover of Revolver to their first Grammy nomination, to headlining slots at major international festivals and beyond, Killswitch Engage have maintained a high-minded artistic standard of achievement even as their stage show has offered enthusiastic positivity alongside the histrionics.