Killswitch Engage is a metal-core band that emerged in the late 1990s. The band released its first album in 2000. Since that time, it has remained popular and released five more albums. There is plenty of music in the Killswitch Engage library, but really not much in the way of gossip. When it comes to getting to know this band, it is all about getting to know the music.
1. The band name comes from an episode of the "X-Files"
"X-Files" was a freakishly awesome show that apparently caught the eye of the original band members. After seeing the episode "Kill Switch," it was decided that the band would have the title in its name. Interestingly, the episode itself was named for another band named Kill Switch . . . Klick. The antagonist in this episode is an AI, but that does not really tie in with the band, though it is worth a watch just for the sake of watching "X-Files."
2. Jesse Leach has been the singer for Killswitch twice
Killswitch Engage released its first commercial success with Jesse Leach at the helm. However, he became depressed on tour, which was exacerbated by voice problems from singing so many shows. He was recently married and clearly wanted to leave to spend time with his new wife as well. Therefore, he left in 2001, only to return 11 years later when his replacement Howard Jones left the band.
3. Jesse Leach watched four seasons of "Game of Thrones" in a week
In 2015, Killswitch Engage was part of a mix tape to promote the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones." Unlike some other bands, he had never seen the show. He had an idea of what he was meant to write about, but didn't know the characters or show themes. He decided to do the ultimate binge and watch all four seasons as fast as he could. It looks like regular people aren't the only people who binge series.
4. Adam Dutkiewicz won "The Price is Right"
Adam Dutkiewicz, the band's guitarist, went on "The Price is Right" in early 2015. He won more than $50,000 worth of prizes. He presumably makes enough money at his current job, but maybe when he retires, he can hit the game show circuit.
5. Most of the band's themes are positive
When you listen to Killswitch Engage, you may put your own spin on the lyrics. Fans are wont to do this. It is how fans connect with the bands they enjoy. However, unless most of the time you find the songs' themes to be uplifting and positive, you got the wrong message. Unlike most metal and metal-core bands, KSE has mostly upbeat and inspiring lyrics about love, life and self.