Killswitch Engage Not Breaking Up or Ditching Howard Jones

Last week, it was announced that KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Howard Jones had to unexpectedly leave the band?s current headlining tour, leading to a flurry of rumors and questions about the status of the tour and the band.

The band has further issued the following statement addressing the matter, saying:

?It became overwhelmingly obvious to all of us around Howard that he is in no condition to be on tour right now and that he needed to get off the road and get himself better. It?s a personal matter and while we understand everyone?s curiosity and concern for Howard and the band, we appreciate everyone respecting Howard?s privacy at this time.?

Longtime friend Phil Labonte of ALL THAT REMAINS was able to fill in and help out the band for a few shows and it appears as though he will be filling in for the remainder of the tour, which runs through March. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE endured and survived a similar situation in the past, where guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz was forced to sit out a tour due to a back injury.


?We seriously considered cancelling the tour since we don?t want to give fans that paid good money anything less than KsE at full-strength. But after trying a few shows with Phil, and after feeling the love and support that we were getting from the crowd, it became increasingly apparent to us that the shows came across as fun and unique, and the fans seemed to be enjoying it.  We quickly realized that we had to keep going and that we couldn?t possibly stop.?  Refunds are available for any fans that have already purchased tickets, but as the band said, this tour will offer a chance to experience KsE in a unique way that you won?t be able to witness again. We really do feel that our fans are the best fans in the world. We can?t thank Phil enough for helping us out when we needed it the most.?

For a deeper taste of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE (or PHILSWITCH ENGAGE) with Labonte on vocals, check this footage from the Baltimore show this past weekend at:

Let’s be honest…he’s a lot better than Howard, right?


  1. Bradley says:

    No he is NOT better than Howard. Howard is a great vocalist and integral to the band. It wouldn’t be the same without him.

  2. bradlovescock says:

    You love cock Brad.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Phil does not have a better voice, but he can scream a hell of a lot better. KSE lost all their agression that Alive or Just Breathing had, Simply because howard cant scream.

  4. yo says:

    agree with anonymous up there, phil can scream way better but cant sing as well. and is phil on fucking drugs? he makes a lot of really really bugged out faces in the video

  5. Javino says:

    Those of you that say Howard can’t scream… have you ever listened to Blood has been shed? If not, go look it up on youtube then come back to us. Because anyone that has heard BHBS knows Howard can scream. He does not scream that often in KSE because the songs dont call for it.

  6. Ray says:

    The dude before Howard was better. The band was better then too.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Jesse, Phil, and Howard are all great singers. And, since it’s quite obvious that few of you know your history, Phil was one of KSE’s top choices for a singer in the first place. Get it together and know your facts before you spew nonsense.

  8. metal as fuck says:

    no only jesse is when phil and howard sing they sound like whiny ass emo fagets when jesse sings it sounds epic…and kse was a shitload better when they had jesse

  9. Ghost_of_Oden says:

    ttoo bad, could have been one less generic piece of shit band

  10. The Tattooed Badboy says:

    Jesse was KSE… He was and is way better than Phil and Howard… The band KSE went in a different direction after Jesse left… Yes Howard damn sure can scream, They need to let him off his leash and chain and just get it… Then KSE would be a much better band, like they were on Alive or Just Breathing, which is their top album!!!

  11. MetalMilitia says:

    I prefer Howard.. to each their own I guess..Listened to the band with Jesse, and continued to support when he was gone..Not really a fan of Phil, and his band.

  12. Brooklyn says:

    I saw the show on saturday, it was good with Phil but he’s no Howard that’s for sure!

  13. heavymetalmullet says:

    Sure this can guy can scream but his singing voice sucks, really badly out of tune. Howard can scream and sing and has much more stage presence than Labonte. My two pennies worth.

  14. Dave M. says:

    Metal as fuck or should I say Mental as fuck they are all good go masterbate to your porn because you cant get any pussy They are all good singers Javino is the only smart one here douche bags get a life and clean the wax out of your ears and listen to them once more.

  15. Jordan says:

    wow thats really kse is really depressing me without howard, and i saw them in corpus and it wasnt the same, been a fan since the first self entitled album and i love jesse leach but howard has the best pipes of ever heard, miss the guy….oh ya and he can scream, have you all forgotten the end of heartache cd?

  16. jeremy says:

    No he is not better than Howard. he has a good voice but Howard has the voice of a God. I would really miss him if he didn’t return, and a little piece of me would be lost. Come back Howard don’t leave us plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  17. Anonymous says:


  18. heavymetalmullet says:

    Hmm, interesting that you choose to leave your racist comment as anonymous you uneducated twat. I’m sure you’d make that comment to Howard Jone’s face, notttt! He’s smash you so fucking hard it would feel like you kissed a freight train!

  19. Anonymous says:

    you have a mullet. you do not have an opinion, because mullets are gay

  20. heavymetalmullet says:

    Um…no I do not have a mullet it’s just a user name. I actually have a shaved head. Even if I did have a mullet I am entitled to an opinion as are you but there is no need for racism. why don’t you try traveling the world like I have and opening your eyes.

  21. awesomesaurus says:

    he better not leave killswitch
    howard jones = KSE
    he better wait till i get to see em live xD
    these dudes gotta come to holland

  22. anons says:

    howard cant scream? anyone listen to my curse. or was i the only one. i know everyones hot for screaming but isnt metal not all about screaming? screaming doesnt make a band metal ppl

  23. Anonymous says:

    How the fuck can you even hear him well enough to claim he sounds better or worse than Howard

  24. Oscar nilsson says:

    Howard can sing ,,phil can´t..nuff said

  25. The Truth says:

    Lets be honest here:

    Jesse IS KSE, but i’m glad he departed so Times of Grace could happen. Times of Graces surpasses KSE any day.

    Howard Jones has a good voice but can’t keep his full sound live. He loses some strength in his vocals after a while. Don’t believe me? Watch the DVD Set This World Ablaze or whatever it’s called and/or see them live.

    And Phil is GREAT on recordings, sucks live. It’s like he doesn’t practice his sound because he doesn’t care. But who am i to judge? Oh yeah… because these bands make money off of me when i buy merch, tickets or a record. And that goes for ANY of you as well.

  26. Levi says:

    Well it looks like they did dump him after all