Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have notched a 2014 Grammy nomination. The band's song "In Due Time", the lead single from this year's critically acclaimed "Disarm The Descent" album, which marked the return of original singer Jesse Leach after a decade-long absence, has been recognized in the "Best Metal Performance" category.
This is the band's second Grammy nomination. The title track from 2004's gold-selling "The End Of Heartache" was nominated for a Grammy in the same category in 2005.
Of the nomination, Leach said, "All of us in KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are pleased to be nominated for a Grammy! We are also honored to share this nomination with such great bands.
"No matter what the outcome, it means even more to us to be able to do what we love and have such amazing fans.
"Huge thanks to everyone that has supported us and to all the hard-working people who help make this band what it is — we can't do this with out you!
"It is refreshing to see metal being noticed by the Grammys and we hope in the future it receives even more exposure and recognition."
2013 has been an incredible year for KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Upon the April release of "Disarm The Descent", the band maintained a near-constant presence on the road, embarking on a highly successful headline tour in the summer and returning to the road this fall to enjoy a co-headline trek with LAMB OF GOD.
The band's latest single, the powerful and resonant "Always", is currently at radio, with the emotional video garnering plenty of attention for its heartfelt and moving portrayal of a relationship in crisis between two siblings.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will start 2014 with a bang. In addition to this Grammy nomination, the band will head to Ireland before embarking on a U.K. tour with their labelmates in TRIVIUM.
The nominees in the "Best Metal Performance" category are as follows:
ANTHRAX - "T.N.T."
Track from: "Anthems"
BLACK SABBATH - "God Is Dead?"
Track from: "13"
DREAM THEATER - "The Enemy Inside"
Track from: "Dream Theater"
Label: Roadrunner Records
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - "In Due Time"
Track from: "Disarm The Descent"
Label: Roadrunner Records
VOLBEAT feat. King Diamond - "Room 24"
Track from: "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies"
Label: Republic Records
Nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were announced this past Friday night (December 6) by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the sixth year, nominations for the annual Grammy Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night", a one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
"This year's nominations reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry of the year in their respective fields," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, in a statement.
This year's Grammy Awards process registered more than 22,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013). Grammy ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on December 11 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by January 8, 2014, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 56th Grammy telecast.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.
The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.