Friday, June 9, 2023
with Fit For An Autopsy, Death Ray Vision and Paradise Slaves
Recently recognized by Forbes as "one of modern metal's most cherished acts," KsE first shook the structure of heavy music upon climbing out of snowy industrialized Western Massachusetts in 1999. The band pioneered a DNA-distinct and oft-imitated style, fusing thrashed-out European guitar pyrotechnics, East Coast hardcore spirit, on-stage hijinks, and enlightened lyricism that set the pace for what the turn-of-the-century deemed heavy. 2002's Alive Or Just Breathing, which followed an attention-getting, self-titled debut, earned its reputation as a definitive album and was named among "The Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of the Decade" by Decibel and celebrated by everyone from Metal Hammer to Revolver.
KsE have garnered three GRAMMY®Award nominations in the category of "Best Metal Performance" in 2005, 2014, and 2020. They've received gold certifications for The End Of Heartache  and As Daylight Dies . The group landed three consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with Killswitch Engage , Disarm The Descent , and their career high best bow at #6 with Incarnate . The latter two releases would also both capture #1 on the Top Rock Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums charts. Their total streams have exceeded half-a-billion to date. Spending most of their career on the road, KsE have shared stages with some of the biggest acts in the world and have sold out countless headline gigs in six continents across the globe.
The quintet—Adam Dutkiewicz [lead guitar], Joel Stroetzel [rhythm guitar], Mike D’Antonio [bass], Justin Foley [drums], and Jesse Leach [vocals]—sharpen every side of their signature sound on their eighth full-length and first for Metal Blade, Atonement. The vision they shared two decades ago crystalizes like never before as evidenced by singles “Unleashed,” “The Signal Fire” and “I Am Broken Too.” Atonement debuted #2 on the Billboard Top Album chart, #13 on the Billboard Top 200, and once again #1 on both the Top Rock and Hard Rock Album charts. KsE is now eager to take Atonement on the road to the masses.