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Killswitch Engage announces new album title, summer tour

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    Why would Killswitch Engage self-title an album twice? No idea. But come June 30th, the Massachusetts’ metallers will do just that when they unveil their fourth, full-length album via Roadrunner Records.

    That being said, the upcoming album will be quite different from the other Killswitch Engage; the band both has a new singer (Howard Jones) and approach to both the music and lyrical content.

    “It was time for us to step outside of our comfort zone and try something a little different with this record,” explained singer Howard Jones, via the official press release. ”It definitely still sounds like us, but we needed to be refreshed and take things a little further.”  Probably the most notable change from their debut is Jones, who replaced original member Jesse Leach in 2002. Bringing a powerful baritone and a deeper, more guttural growl to the mix, Jones’s contribution has considerably beefed up the band’s sonic aggression and popularity.

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    Another significant change from their first album is contributions by uber-producer, Brendan O’Brien, who has worked with everyone from AC/DC and Rage Against the Machine to Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. Most recently, O’Brien finished Mastodon’s critically acclaimed, Crack the Skye. While guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz continues his involvement in the production of their albums, O’Brien will bring a certain ‘cache’ to the mix, as he’s known for producing clean, velvety guitar and vocal tones.

    The summer of 2009 also promises to be extremely busy for the band, with an appearance on the main stage at the Mayhem Festival, which sports acts Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Marilyn Manson and The Black Dahlia Murder.

    Mayhem Festival 2009 Tour Dates:
    07/10 – Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    07/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
    07/12 – San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Pavilion
    07/14 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
    07/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
    07/18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
    07/19 – Denver, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre at Fiddler’s Green
    07/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Sandstone Amphitheater
    07/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    07/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
    07/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
    07/26 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    07/28 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
    07/29 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
    07/31 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
    08/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion
    08/02 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
    08/04 – Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center for Performing Arts
    08/06 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
    08/07 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
    08/08 – Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
    08/09 – Washington, DC @ Nissan Pavilion
    08/11 – Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
    08/12 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
    08/14 – Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
    08/15 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    08/16 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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