KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's record label, Roadrunner Records, issued a statement earlier today acknowledging vocalist Jesse Leach's absence from the group's upcoming activities, but suggesting that this will be only a temporary arrangement and indicating that plans exist for the frontman to return to the band at a later date."Due to personal issues and vocal strain, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Jesse Leach has announced that he is taking a break from the band's current tour featuring KITTIE, POISON THE WELL and SHADOWS FALL," the press release reads. "The band is in the midst of vocal rehearsals in order to carry on the tour without Leach, but anticipate his return in the future." Leach himself issued the following statement on the matter: "Due to personal circumstances out of my control, I will not be able to hit the road with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on our upcoming tour run. I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to Roadrunner Records, and more importantly, to our fans. We are currently training another vocalist to do the tour and to carry the torch until I am well. My apologies to everyone, but I have to do what needs to be done." Although no official word has yet come down on the matter, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are strongly rumored to have selected ALL THAT REMAINS frontman Philip Labonte as the temporary replacement for Leach. We'll have more information as it becomes available.
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