Killswitch Engage reunite with former frontman Howard Jones

Current singer Jesse Leach says team-up is "huge for the legacy of Killswitch"

Killswitch Engage have reunited with former singer Howard Jones for an upcoming new track.

Jones was frontman of the metalcore outfit from 2002–2012, with original vocalist Jesse Leach returning when Jones left the group due to health issues.

This week has seen Leach share a photo of himself with Jones and guitarist Adam D, saying in an Instagram caption that “this dude was in the neighbourhood, so I figured hey let’s get him to lay down some stuff for a thing”.

“He did,” Leach added, “and it is going to be EPIC!”.

In a separate post, Leach shared a short clip of himself lip-syncing to Jones’ vocals, saying that he had a “great day talking mental health” with Jones.

“Today was epic, it was HUGE for the legacy of Killswitch,” Leach wrote, “It was fun and it felt like what we were doing was important. I plan on using this song to help continue to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. Both Howard and I have a very strong outspoken stance on the subject and I will use this to help with the cause!”

Because yah all loosin yah damn minds over my last post (we are stoked too the song is bad ass)! So here’s me lip syncing to Howard as he sings live (happening in the room behind me with the door open) at the studio today. Can you say uh HUGE voice! Straight up “black molasses” ha ha… it was such a great day talking mental Health with Hojo. A ton of laughs, stories and comradery! The song is about keeping hope in dark times and helping out those in need. The lyrics were written shortly after Howard’s band @lightthetorchband had announced the new direction and new name. The song was written even before we all hung out a few months back. This song was in fact written 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. I had such a fun time listening to Adam 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 tho! We may be very different sounding voices but in truth we are similar in many ways in our minds. Today was epic, it was HUGE for the legacy of Killswitch, it was fun and it felt like what we were doing was important. I plan on using this song to help continue to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. Both Howard and I have a very strong outspoken stance on the subject and I will use this to help with the cause! @hopefortheday I’m looking at you, we will talk soon! Strength in Unity! Nothing but support and love for “Light The Torch!” Today was a good day! OH and if you haven’t BUY the new “Light The Torch” already! @killswitchengage @lightthetorchband #Duet #killswitchengage #kserecordingsessions #LightTheTorch #JesseLeach #HowardJones #Anxiety #Depression #MentalHealth #HonorTheLegacy #mentalhealthawareness #ItsOkNotToBeOk #SignalFire #Hope #SuicidePrevention #MedicalMarijuana #MarijuanaIsAMedicine #LegalizeIt #Metal #Hardcore

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Killswitch Engage are currently working on their follow up to 2016’s Incarnate, what will be their eighth album to date.

“We’re just working as fast as we can to get it wrapped up,” Leach recently told Loudwire. “We’ve got about 20 songs to choose from. We’re ready to crank out a record in the next 6-7 months, hopefully, and get that thing done.”