KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Bassist Embraces 'Emo-Metal' Tag

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D'Antonio recently spoke to The Winnipeg Sun about a new breed of beast on the scene: emo-metal.

"I feel a lot of bands don't know if they're happy, sad or what — they just go out and put on the metal face," he said. "We don't go out and pretend to be pissed off or mad — we smile on stage and have fun.

"Our lyrics are swayed towards the positive side, and lots of metal bands are like, 'I hate my life, I hate myself,' and put on the airs. We're breaking that mode. I take pride in that."

According to D'Antonio, the Massachusetts quintet never considered themselves an "emo" band until they were given the tag in reviews in the New York Times and Rolling Stone. Instead of distancing themselves from it, as many punk bands do, they went with it.

"It's kind of cool because we've never thought of ourselves at all like that," D'Antonio, 31, said. Read more.

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