Killswitch Engage added to Music For Nations roster

Music For Nations is proud to welcome Killswitch Engage to its roster! Partnering with Metal Blade Records in the USA and Sony Music Entertainment elsewhere, Killswitch Engage are looking forward to the worldwide release of their upcoming album in 2019. In the UK, this will be via Sony label Music For Nations.

Julie Weir, Label Head, Music For Nations: “Everyone here at Music for Nations is chomping at the bit to be working with the legendary Killswitch Engage. We are honoured and excited to be a part of this campaign (and hopefully future) and looking forward to creating this heavier than heavy chapter.”

Benjamin Voss, Senior A&R Manager, Columbia/Sony Music Germany: “I am very happy and proud to work with such an amazing band like Killswitch Engage in the future. We are absolutely excited about releasing their new album on Sony Music outside North America.”

Jesse Leach (vocals): “I’m beyond stoked to sign with the legendary Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music. It’s clear they truly understand and believe in what we do as a band, and we’re psyched to have them on our side. It’s an exciting new chapter for KSEand we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Adam Dutkiewicz (guitar): “I’m very excited to say that Killswitch Engage will be joining forces with Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music! Super stoked to join the ranks with a long list of many epic metal acts, as well as a team of excellent human beings who truly have a genuine love for metal music. Here’s to an awesome future with awesome labels!”

Metal Blade’s CEO/founder Brian Slagel comments: “I have been a huge fan and friend of Killswitch for a long time, so it is truly an honor to be able to work with them. So happy to welcome them to the Metal Blade family.”

Currently finishing work on their upcoming album, Killswitch Engage have taken a break from recording to embark on a summer European tour with Iron Maiden which includes UK shows in July/August. The trek will also see the band appear at various premier festivals (Sweden Rock, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest, etc.), along with a few special headlining shows. Then in the autumn, the band will be touring across Australia with Parkway Drive. See below for all dates!

Killswitch Engage tour dates with Iron Maiden

May 26 – Saku Arena – Tallinn, Estonia

May 28 – Hartwall Arena – Helsinki, Finland

May 29 – Hartwall Arena – Helsinki, Finland

May 31 – Pustervik – Goteborg, Sweden ***

June 1 – Tele2 Arena – Stockholm, Sweden

June 2 – Rockefeller Music Hall – Oslo, Norway ***

June 3 – Trondheim Rocks @ Dahls Arena – Trondheim, Norway **

June 5 – Royal Arena – Copenhagen, Denmark

June 7 – Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, Sweden **

June 9 – Rockavaria – Munich, Germany **

June 10 – Expo Plaza – Hannover, Germany

June 11 – Live Music Hall – Cologne, Germany ***

June 13 – Waldbuhne – Berlin, Germany

June 14 – Kwadrat – Krakow, Poland ***

June 16 – Akvarium Klub – Budapest, Hungary ***

June 17 – Novarock Festival – Nickelsdorf, Austria **

June 19 – Proxima – Warsaw, Poland ***

June 20 – Letnany Airport – Prague, Czech Republic

June 22 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium **

June 24 – Hellfest – Clisson, France **

June 25 – Den Atelier – Luxembourg, Luxembourg ***

June 26 – Geneva Arena – Geneva, Switzerland

June 28 – Rock in Rome @ Ippodromo Capanelle – Rome, Italy *

June 29 – Rock the Castle @ Villafranca Castle – Verona, Italy **

June 30 – Messe Freiburg – Freiburg, Germany

July 1 – GelreDome – Arnhem, Netherlands

July 31 – Metro Radio Arena – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Aug. 1 – The Academy Dublin – Dublin, Ireland ***

Aug. 2 – SSE Arena – Belfast, UK

Aug. 4 – Aberdeen Exhibition & Conf. Centre – Aberdeen, UK

Aug. 6 – Manchester Arena – Manchester, UK

Aug. 7 – Genting Arena – Birmingham, UK

Aug. 10 – 02 Arena – London, UK

Aug. 11 – 02 Arena – London, UK

*=w/ Megadeth (no Iron Maiden)

**=festival off-date

***=Killswitch Engage headlining off-date

Killswitch Engage tour dates with Parkway Drive

Oct. 25 – UC Refectory – Canberra, Australia

Oct. 26 – Hordern Pavilion – Sydney, Australia

Oct. 27 – Nex – Newcastle, Australia

Oct. 28 – Riverstage – Brisbane, Australia

Nov. 02 – Margaret Court Arena – Melbourne, Australia

Nov. 03 – Entertainment Centre – Adelaide, Australia

Nov. 06 – HBF Stadium – Perth, Australia

Vocalist Jesse Leach will also do a one-off ‘An Evening With Jesse Leach’, including stories behind the songs, audience Q&A, meet & greet, and an in-depth interview by host Matt Stocks, taking place on August 8th, at Birmingham’s O2 Academy 2. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Formed in 1999 out of western Massachusetts, Killswitch Engage is often credited as one of the most influential metal acts in the last 20 years. Spending much of their career on the road, the band has enjoyed premium slots on major USA 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.

Twice Grammy-nominated, Killswitch Engage has sold over 3 million records worldwide, with The End of Heartache and As Daylight Dies both certified Gold in the U.S and Silver in the UK. The band’s latest album – 2016’s Incarnate – landed at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Current Rock Albums chart, and debuted at #1 overall in Canada, #5 in Australia, and #10 in both the UK and Germany – a testament to their international reach.

2018 will mark the end of the Incarnate album cycle, which saw the group reach new heights with its collection of anthems that set the heavy music world ablaze. Co-founders of Killswitch Engage – guitarist/backing vocalist Adam Dutkiewicz, guitarist Joel Stroetzel, bassist Mike D’Antonio, and lead vocalist Jesse Leach (who returned six years ago after a decade-long absence) – plus longtime drummer Justin Foley, are currently working on a new album, with Adam Dutkiewicz handling producer duties once again.Employing their usual unrelenting determination to continually release powerfully potent work, Killswitch Engage plans to deliver another trend-resistant, timeless record that feeds the soul, touches the heart, and strengthens the mind. Stay tuned for more news about this new album coming soon!