Who’d have thought that in 2018, former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones (who is currently frontman for Light The Torch) would feature once again on one of the band’s records? Well, it turns out that he will be.
The band’s current frontman Jesse Leach confirmed the news that Jones would be featuring by sharing a photo of them both together in the recording studio alongside guitarist and producer Adam D.
Jones joined Killswitch Engage back in 2002 following Leach‘s departure earlier that same year due to emotional struggles that he faced with whilst on the road.
He fronted the band for ten years before he decided to step down to in early 2012 to allow himself to manage his type 2 diabetes, which was worsened by a hectic touring lifestyle. He was then in turn replaced by Leach who confirmed his return to the band in February of that year.
This dude was in the neighborhood, so I figured hey let’s get him to lay down some stuff for a thing…He did, and it is going to be EPIC! . That is all carry on with your day. ?? #killswitchengage #kserecordingsessions #TheSignalFiresAlight #killswitchengage #AdamD #HowardJones #JesseLeach #LightTheTorch #Duet #YesItHappenedYouKnewItWouldSomeday #BombTrack #Banger #Unity #PMA
On a later post via Instagram, Leach shared some short video footage of Jones laying down some vocals, which you can hear him singing “The signal fires alight!”.
He accompanied the video post with a caption explaining how important Jones featuring on the song is for the band’s legacy, along with unveiling that he plans to use the song that he features on to help continue raising awareness of both mental health and suicide prevention.
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
More details surrounding Killswitch Engage‘s forthcoming eighth full-length studio album will be confirmed as it develops.