KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz was forced to perform in a boot cast during the Music As A Weapon IV concert this past Saturday night (May 9) at the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines, Iowa after severely hurting his ankle. He played the show under two giant inflated palm trees in a chair with two pink flamingos attached to it.Check out photos from Shannon Parker Smith. Fan-filmed video footage of the West Des Moines concert can be viewed below. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's eagerly anticipated fourth album, entitled simply "Killswitch Engage", is scheduled for release on June 30 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was produced by Brendan O'Brien (AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) and co-produced by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. Other songtitles set to appear on the album include "Reckoning", "The Forgotten" and "Starting Over". Commented vocalist Howard Jones: "It was time for us to step outside of our comfort zone and try something a little different with this record. It definitely still sounds like us, but we needed to be refreshed and take things a little further." Regarding the fact that KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's new album is the second self-titled effort of the band's career, Jones said, "When we all couldn’t agree on an album title, someone suggested we just keep it self-titled and we all pretty much agreed…gives it the feeling of a fresh new beginning."
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE has been playing a new song, "Light in a Darkened World", during its set on the Music As A Weapon Tour, where the band is serving as main support to DISTURBED. The group also performed the track at the first annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which was held on Tuesday, April 7 in Los Angeles. The song, sandwiched between "My Curse" and the band's uniquely KILLSWITCH'ed cover of DIO's classic anthem "Holy Diver", generated plenty of excitement among the crowd and set the tone for the show. The awards and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's performance was broadcast on MTV2 on May 2. More information on the upcoming CD will be made available soon at RoadrunnerRecords.com.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will spend the summer touring as a main-stage attraction on the second annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Jones stated, "We are excited and thrilled to share the stage this summer with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLAYER and MARILYN MANSON. We hope to entertain and enjoy our time interacting with both old friends and new friends daily. Prepare yourself for laughs, riffs and the unexpected. We will do all we can to make you move, yell and ponder who made the mistake of letting us onstage. You have been warned. Oh, and watch new episodes of 'The Office'."