So this year so far has been about 50/50 in regards to good news vs bad news. I’m going to go ahead and chalk this up to some bad news. Howard Jones is no longer the vocalist of Killswitch Engage. Here’s the word, via the band’s official Facebook:

To our family, friends and fans: We have decided to continue on without Howard Jones as the singer of Killswitch Engage. We love Howard and are thankful for the nine years that we’ve had him in the band. Out of respect for everyone involved we will not be discussing the specific reasons behind this decision. Howard is a part of our family and always will be, and we wish him well. He has left big shoes to fill, so we certainly have our work cut out for us to find the next singer of Killswitch, something we plan on making priority #1 going forward. Most importantly, thanks to all of you for all the support throughout the years and for sticking by us for all this time. We really do appreciate it and we very much look forward to having a new record for all of you in the not too distant future that we can all be proud of. Sincerely, Adam, Joel, Mike & Justin.

This is news that is both shocking and totally expected. No one outside of the band seems to have heard from Howard since he allegedly knocked up a porn star a couple of years ago, which I am going to assume was actually the case and has left to do dad-like things. If that’s the case, then good on him! Who knows, though?! I’m kind of bummed about this because this band was one of the bands that got be into heavier music, but they haven’t put out anything I cared for since As Daylight Dies in 2006. We’ll just see what happens now.

We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we hear about a replacement. Let’s see where this goes!

– JR

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