Howard Jones has provided a concise update on the ongoing developments of his yet-to-be-named collaborative project with his former bandmate from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, Adam Dutkiewicz
As many might recall, Jones fronted the metalcore sensation during its peak commercial era before his departure in 2012. Meanwhile, Dutkiewicz remains an accomplished guitarist and the band’s longstanding producer.
According to Jones‘ recent update, shared earlier today, he and Adam have successfully crafted demos for a remarkable 13 new tracks for their joint endeavor.
Impressively, 10 of these songs have already been meticulously recorded, and Jones anticipates their completion in the near future. Additionally, beyond this exciting project, Jones also divulged that he and YouTuber/musician Jared Dines are presently engaged in the process of writing and producing material for a second album under their SION project.
This update underscores the creative momentum and musical synergy that continue to shape the paths of these accomplished artists. Fans can eagerly await the upcoming fruits of these collaborations, which promise to offer fresh and dynamic expressions of their artistic prowess.
In 2002, Howard Jones entered the metal scene when he replaced original vocalist Jesse Leach in KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Jones‘ formidable vocal range and ability to seamlessly shift between aggressive growls and melodic singing quickly captivated fans and fellow musicians alike. His debut with the band was on their landmark album “The End of Heartache,” released in 2004. The album’s title track and singles like “Rose of Sharyn” showcased his ability to inject emotion and intensity into the band’s already potent sound.
During his tenure, Jones contributed to the band’s success with his performances on subsequent albums like “As Daylight Dies” (2006) and “Killswitch Engage” (2009). The latter featured hits such as “Starting Over” and “Save Me,” further solidifying the band’s popularity and Jones‘ influence on their sonic direction.
After a decade of collaborations and extensive touring with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, Howard Jones announced his departure from the band in 2012 due to personal reasons. His absence left a significant void in the band’s lineup and a sense of uncertainty among fans about the band’s future direction.
Jones‘ impact, however, remained palpable. His distinct vocal style and the emotional depth he brought to the band’s lyrics continued to resonate with listeners. His legacy was further amplified by the music he created during his time with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, which earned the band a devoted global following.
Following his departure from KILLSWITCH, Howard Jones remained active in the music industry. He joined forces with Francesco Artusato (ALL SHALL PERISH) and John Sankey (DEVIL YOU KNOW) to form the band DEVIL YOU KNOW in 2012. The band later evolved into LIGHT THE TORCH, under which they released the album “Revival” in 2018, showcasing Jones‘ versatile vocal abilities.
In retrospect, Howard Jones‘ time with KILLSWITCH left an indelible imprint on the metalcore genre. His commanding stage presence, distinctive vocal delivery, and emotional depth added a new dimension to the band’s music, shaping the trajectory of their legacy and influencing subsequent generations of metal artists.
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