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Taking Dawn Join KsE, Others On God Of War III Soundtrack
February 25, 2010
Las Vegas rockers Taking Dawn have been included on the soundtrack to the highly anticipated Gods of War 3 video game. The soundtrack (available March 2nd) will feature the unreleased Taking Dawn track "This is Madness", as well as new and unreleased tracks from Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Dream Theater, Opeth, and Mutiny Within.

Pre-order your copy of the soundtrack via iTunes.

Taking Dawn
have just released their debut album, 'Time To Burn', and are taking the rock world by storm, one city at a time. Blurring the lines between rock and metal, their Roadrunner Records debut boasts huge vocals, epic choruses and even bigger guitars.
Tracklisting for the Gods of War 3 soundtrack is as follows:

1. Killswitch Engage - My Obsession
2. Trivium - Shattering The Skies Above
3. Dream Theater - Raw Dog
4. Taking Dawn - This Is Madness
5. Opeth - The Throat Of Winter
6. Mutiny Within - The End
 
 
 
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Dark Tranquillity Post New Tracks, Webisodes Online
January 21, 2010
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquillity triumphantly return with 'We Are The Void', a scorching effort that will undoubtedly add an exhilarating new chapter to the genre's storied history. The disc is set for a March 9th North American release and the band are extremely proud to kick off this massive, worldwide album touring cycle in the U.S. on Feb. 4th with the mighty Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada. Head over now to their newly revamped Myspace page to stream the blistering new tracks, "At The Point of Ignition" and "Dream Oblivion" and to view their entire tour itinerary.

Killswitch Engage's Mike D'Antonio
(bass) states: "I am super excited to have one of my favorite bands, Dark Tranquility, on our next U.S. tour. They are one of the bands that started this current Swedish Metal craze that we love so much, and they are very well respected by KSE. It is now time to up the irons on this rager of a tour come February."

To follow the creation of this superb melodic death metal opus Anders Bjorler (The Haunted, At The Gates) filmed a detailed studio report series, and Episodes 1 through 4 can be found at the link below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4T3lBOGIW4.
 
 
 
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Dark Tranquillity Post New Track Online, Launch New Myspace
December 22, 2009
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquillity triumphantly return with 'We Are The Void', a scorching effort that will undoubtedly add an exhilarating new chapter to the genre's storied history. The album was mixed by the acclaimed Tue Madsen (Himsa, The Haunted) and encompasses all of the elements on which the band built their reputation: thought-provoking lyrics, shredding guitar work, captivating melodies and sheer brutality. This offering is perhaps best compared to a modern-day version of the group's revered classics 'The Gallery' and 'The Mind's I', only with more intensity behind it. The blueprint of melodic metal is now at your fingertips.

'We Are The Void'
is set for a March 9th North American release and the band are extremely proud to kick off this massive worldwide album touring cycle in the U.S. on Feb. 4th with the mighty Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada. Head over now to the band's newly revamped Myspace page to stream the blistering new track, "Dream Oblivion" and to view their entire tour itinerary.

Mikael Stanne
(vocals) further describes his excitement over the upcoming tour: "We are really excited to announce the fact that we are going back to the states. The (insert tour name) with Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada will be the perfect way to kick off this new album of ours. We are looking forward to premiering the new material in front of the many new and uninitiated, as well as our devoted and awesome fans. This will be the start of a long string of tours that we will be doing for this album. We feel that these new songs are some of the strongest material that we've ever written and we are dying to tour the hell out this album! See you in the front row."

To follow the creation of this superb melodic death metal opus, Anders Bjorler (The Haunted, At The Gates) filmed a detailed studio report series, which can be found at this location. Episodes one through three are up now, so check it out.
 
 
 
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The Devil Wears Prada to Support KsE On Tour
December 16, 2009
Xtian rockers, The Devil Wears Prada, will join Killswitch Engage on their Winter U.S. tour as direct support beginning Thursday, February 4, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. Sweden's Dark Tranquility will open on all dates, and the tour will keep the threesome on the road over a six-week-plus period.

The Devil Wears Prada
is touring in support of their critically-acclaimed CD, 'With Roots Above and Branches Below' (Ferret Records), which was released May 5, 2009. Two-thousand nine has proven to be a breakthrough year for the young Christian metalcore band that has developed a mainstream buzz and secular cred. Beginning with a 43-date, completely sold out headline tour this past Spring, TDWP went on to a Main Stage slot on the Vans Warped Tour, and is currently co-headlining (with All that Remains) the 27-date Napalm & Noise tour, which wraps up December 21 in Allentown, PA. Over the past few months, TDWP also found themselves on the covers of Outburn, Alternative Press, HM and AMP, to name a few, and covers for at least two other national music magazines are set for early next year.

On this tour, the band will perform songs from all three of their releases - 2006's 'Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord', 2007's 'Plagues', and the new 'With Roots Above and Branches Below', including the video track, "Danger: Wildman," which can be viewed here.

With more dates to be announced, the confirmed itinerary for The Devil Wears Prada as direct support on the Killswitch Engage U.S. tour are as follows:

Killswitch Engage
, The Devil Wears Prada, Dark Tranquillity Tour Dates:
2/04 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
2/05 - House of Blues - Atlantic City, NJ
2/08 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
2/10 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
2/11 - Amos Southend - Charlotte, NC
2/12 - Sonar, - Baltimore MD
2/13 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
2/15 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
2/18 - First Avenue Loop Station - Minneapolis, MN
2/19 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
2/20 - Royal Oak Theatre - Royal Oak, MI
2/21 - Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN
2/23 - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
2/25 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
2/26 - Paladium Ballroom - Dallas, TX
3/01 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
3/03 - House of Blues - Las Vegas,NV
3/05 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
3/06 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
3/07 - Warfield Theatre - San Francisco, CA
3/09 - Roseland Ballroom - Portland, OR
3/10 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
3/12 - Great Salt Air - Magna, UT
3/13 - Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
3/14 - The Midland by AMC - Kansas City, MO
3/15 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
3/18 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
3/19 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
3/21 - The Dome - Wallingford, CT
 
 
 
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European Rockstar Taste Of Chaos Line Up Announced
October 6, 2009
Rockstar Energy Drink Taste of Chaos is preparing to storm Europe and The UK again after over 330 Worldwide dates in the past 5 years and playing in over 23 countries to over 3 Million fans that have included the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico and many others, the only worldwide lifestyle festival tour, the Rockstar Taste of Chaos is back with another onslaught of international shows. Tour dates are listed below.

Europe and Scandinavia will see In Flames close the shows and Killswitch Engage will be the closer in the UK.

Bands performing in the UK:
Killswitch Engage
In Flames
Every Time I Die
Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster

+ Special Guests

Bands performing in Scandinavia include:
In Flames
Killswitch Engage
Dead By April
Every Time I Die
Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster

+ Special Guests

Belgium and Germany include:
In Flames
Killswitch Engage
Every Time I Die
Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster

+ Special Guests

In Flames
is one of the most influential bands in modern metal and a band that keeps growing in popularity and size all the time. The latest album, 'A Sense Of Purpose', which hit the stores in April 2008, stormed the charts all over the world and keeps going strong. Featuring songs like “The Mirror’s Truth”, “Alias” and “Delight And Angers”. Once again it is time to conquer Europe with the biggest headline dates ever for the band on their home turf.

Killswitch Engage’s
latest album, simply titled 'Killswitch Engage', debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart earlier this summer, the same week that their previous album 'As Daylight Dies' achieved Gold certification. Just coming off a highly successful Canadian co-headline run with In Flames, the band will be shooting a video for the song “Take Me Away” in the coming weeks.

John Reese
(co-founder) states, “We have succeeded in a six year plan to establish a worldwide rock festival that has played to millions of fans and this year’s lineup is one of the strongest ever.” In Flames and Killswitch are two of my favorite bands”
Mike Kelso Director of Marketing for Rockstar Energy Drink states, “The Rockstar Taste of Chaos has been our marquee musical presentation the world over. You can expect a lot of great surprises on the tour.”

“We are really happy and looking forward to be part of this great tour. With the awesome line up this year, this tour is going to crush! See you all on the road” – In Flames

“Greetings! Adam D from Killswitch here...just wanted to drop a line on how stoked I am to be going out on the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour in Europe with our good buddies In Flames real soon. They're one of my favorite bands, so there's a good chance you'll see me lurking and power drinking in the corner of the club every night while they're on stage. So if ya see me, do me a favor and buy me a beer. To show my gratitude, I'll flex for you. We'll be sure to play you guys some new songs as well...SO PLEASE COME CHECK OUT THE SHOW!!! Laters!”

Rockstar Energy Drink
will continue to be the title sponsor of the 2009 tour and will be sampling their products, as well as coming up with some great surprises for attendees. Ernie Ball will be a sponsor on the tour as well.

Having already spawned multiple soundtrack CD’s and a live DVD, Rockstar Taste Of Chaos, like its summer sibling the Van’s Warped Tour, it’s only getting bigger and better, offering fans the opportunity to see their favorite bands as well as take part in a number of activities including attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of interactive fan activities that will add to the experience.

Rockstar Taste Of Chaos European Tour Dates:
11/27 - Glasgow, UK - Academy
11/28 - Bristol, UK - Academy
11/30 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
12/01 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
12/02 - Manchester, UK - Academy
12/03 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
12/04 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Hall
12/06 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
12/07 - Weisbaden, Germany - Rhein Main Halle
12/08 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
12/09 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinehalle
12/11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Hovet
12/12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Scandanavium
12/13 - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum
12/14 - Malmo, Sweden - Arena
12/16 - Helsinki, Finland - Icehall

For more information go to www.rockstartasteofchaos.com.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1999
HOME TOWN: Massachussets
MEMBERS:
Howard Jones - Vocals
Adam Dutkiewicz - Guitar
Joel Stroetzel - Guitar
Mike D'antonio - Bass
Justin Foley - Drums

Sometimes, a band needs to shake things up to stimulate themselves and their fans, all the while retaining the signature sonic hallmarks that have defined their sound. For their fifth album, Killswitch Engage, Massachusetts pioneers Killswitch Engage took calculated risks and traversed a different route, going outside their comfort zones. The choice yielded impressive, incredible results. None of the changes, however, make the mighty KsE sound like anyone else but KsE.

"There's different structures, but it's still Killswitch. I tried different topics and delivery, but it's still Killswitch." says vocalist Howard Jones, summing up where KsE is in 2009.

After bursting onto the scene in 2002 with the genre-defining Alive or Just Breathing, notching a Grammy nomination in 2005 for the title track from 2004's Gold-certified The End of Heartache and following up that landmark album with the near-Gold As Daylight Dies and an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, KsE adopted a versatile, non-stop touring schedule. The band's road history includes two treks on Ozzfest, stints on Warped Tour and Taste of Chaos and having the rare ability to straddle the line between the metal and alternative scenes by touring with Slayer and Mastodon as easily as My Chemical Romance and Underoath. However, KsE elected not to coast on the wave of prior successes, which saw them become one of the premier, most successful bands to emerge from the so-called New Wave of American metal. The band opted to work with an outside producer for the first time in their career. Brendan O'Brien (AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots) was dispatched with the task, which saw the band record in locales other than their native Massachusetts.

"We take so much care with the music," says bassist Mike D'Antonio. "We thought, 'Let's take things up a notch.' Brendan liked the band and it made sense to collaborate with him." Jones also states, in his trademark self-deprecating humor, "We're an easily identifiable band by our guitar tone, drums, and for better or worse, my voice." Jones challenged himself to explore a broader range of topics and to use his voice in other ways. "You'll hear some things vocally that I've never done," the singer says. Jones also comments, "You can count on anthems and positive lyrics, but hey, there's times when the sun isn't shining so brightly and some songs reflect that.

"Guitarist and KsE class clown Adam Dutkiewicz, known for his crazy, hilarious stage antics, who co-produced Killswitch Engage, concurs, saying, "We wanted to redefine who we are a little bit. We did that by taking time to write together instead of showing up and putting parts together. We felt our last record, As Daylight Dies, sounded a little too much like 'us,' if that makes sense. We want to reinvent ourselves while retaining the Killswitch Engage integrity." While so many bands approach Dutkiewicz to produce their records, asking him for that definable "KsE sound," the goofy guitarist is modest about his work, saying, "I guess we're doing something right. We like to sound good on record. Live, there might be some hijinx and too much to drink, but that's the rock show. When we put songs together on record, we want them to sound clean and the best they can be!"

Dutkiewicz maintains that despite the bands change of routine, things were exciting in the camp. "I don't want things to be a ho-hum. I want to be over the top," he says. "We have attained a stature where we can afford to take risks now. That's not to say we will be a polka band or anything, but we can take risks, make good music and make fans happy or we will be out of jobs very quickly."

Quality music is the order of the day on Killswitch Engage. The band also wrote in a much more collaborative way. D'Antonio says, "Everyone pulled together as a team when we were writing and everyone contributed songs, which doesn't always happen on Killswitch records. I'm spreading some of my Southern rock influence into the band. There was a little on the last record but there is more now. It's slow, dirgey, heavy stuff."

Drummer Justin Foley was able to contribute more to the process, saying, "I didn't do any over thinking with my parts. When I did Heartache, I was so new to the band that I was fitting into the band's mold and a lot of my crazy playing style doesn't work with Killswitch, so I had to adopt a new mindset. On Daylight, I may have overthought. This time, I'm so comfortable and know what we are, so the parts were natural this time around."

Joel Stroetzel, the unsung hero of KsE who serves as the quiet force and complement to Dutkiewicz's showmanship, reflects on the band's career, saying, "It's been a strange, long road. We didn't expect it in the beginning. It started as a weekend thing, with us jamming on Saturdays and playing occasional shows at bars, pubs, VFW halls. It turned into more than we expected." For the new album, both guitarists experimented with sounds, tones and effects pedals, according to Stroetzel. "There's some more spacey, ambient stuff in the background, but not in the main parts," he says. "It's heavy and guitar-driven, but it's a lot more textured."

Again, Jones contends that the change of pace was "by no means easy, but I've enjoyed the process. I like the challenge, that's one of the most enjoyable things about being in a band, getting to be creative in a way that a lot people don't get to be in normal, every day jobs." As for the impact KsE have left on the current hard rock scene, Jones and the band are modest, humble even, about their role. Jones says, "It's completely unexpected and in a lot of ways, not that much has changed about the band except we're not in a van anymore. It's still the same lunkheaded guys who get on stage and make fun of each other. Nothing has really changed, except we have a few more people who like us and we're lucky." While the band chalks it up to luck, talent and the crafting of good music that speaks to the fans also factor into the mix with Killswitch Engage and their new self-titled release.