Singer Howard Jones Leaves Killswitch Engage

Singer Howard Jones Leaves Killswitch Engage
Massachusetts Metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage haven't released an album since 2009's self-titled set, and it looks like fans will be waiting for the follow-up just a bit longer as singer Howard Jones has left the group.

The rest of the troupe recently issued a statement on their Facebook page explaining that after almost a decade spent together, they've decided to move forward without the vocalist. Regrettably for gossip hounds, the band didn't detail the reasons behind the split, but Killswitch Engage offered up a reasonably diplomatic send off to their departing frontman.

"We love Howard and are thankful for the nine years that we've had him in the band," the band wrote. "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."

Though formed in the late '90s, Jones joined the group in 2002, replacing original singer Jesse Leach. His first album with Killswitch Engage was 2004's The End of Heartache. Interestingly, guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz reteamed with Leach last year for their Times of Grace project.

While it's unclear if the act has anyone in mind to replace the singer, they assured fans that all should be revealed in the near future. They began working on the follow up to Killswitch Engage last August.

"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," they concluded.