Roughly 36 hours ago the news broke that Killswitch Engage had parted ways with their singer of the last several years, Howard Jones (read the original story here). Speculation has been rife as to the reasons behind Howard’s departure from Killswitch, well the man himself has in his own words “shed a little light” on the situation. You can read Howard’s comments below:
“Well, I guess I will shed a little light without going too deep. As some of you may know, I’ve had a pretty interesting couple of years to say the least battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that went unchecked for years. The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and to be honest they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me.
Recently we’ve all been in writing mode but somehow I couldn’t get excited about the new album and all the touring that would go with it. The guys saw it before I did. In hindsight I now realize that my heart wasn’t in it. I have had an amazing decade with KSE. I love Justin, Mike D, Joel and Adam for hanging in there and standing by me no matter how bad it was. I have so many good memories, and those are the ones that I will keep. Will I be involved in music again? Sure, I have been in bands for a little over half my life, can’t stop now. Until then, get the new KsE album, it’s going to be good. Thanks everyone for letting me try to entertain you, and I wish myself well in my future endeavors. Gone fishin’ Howard”
Rock Sins wish Howard the best in resolving any health issues that may be ongoing and hope to see him back on a stage in the near future. Killswitch Engage are headed into the studio in the next month or so to begin recording their sixth album which will be released sometime in 2012 on Roadrunner Records. Whether they will have a new singer on board by then remains to be seen. As soon as any further Killswitch news is announced Rock Sins will bring it to you, so please keep checking back with us for that as well as your daily dose of rock & metal news.