Killswitch Engage have confirmed that their former singer Jesse Leach has rejoined the band.
The metallers parted ways with frontman Howard Jones last month and have now confirmed that Leach, who originally left the band in 2002 after the release of their breakthrough album ‘Alive Or Just Breathing’ and who also stood in for Jones in 2010, has permanently rejoined the band.
The band posted a statement about Leach’s return on their official Facebook page Facebook.com/Killswitchengage, they wrote: “After much deliberation and careful consideration, we are pleased to announce that Jesse Leach has rejoined Killswitch Engage. Our job was to find the best person to fill Howard’s shoes: a decision based on talent and not familiarity.”
They continued: “Truth be told, Jesse blew us away in auditions. The room seemed charged with electricity. He commanded both new and old material, and proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he wanted to do this. The choice became very clear and apparent.”
Leach himself said: “It is a great honour to rejoin my brothers after all of these years. After some discussion and much reflection, it was obvious to me this was the path I was meant to take. I look forward to writing the new record, since the demos sound absolutely amazing, as well as breathing new life and getting comfortable with the soulful songs Howard has written.”
Killswitch Engage are set to play a number of the summer festivals and have confirmed their first gigs with Leach back in the fold will take place in late April.