Killswitch Engage Sign to Metal Blade Records
Last week, Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D’Antonio let it drop that the band “are in the middle of a new record deal,” but declined to share any further details.
Well, now details have been shared: after sixteen years and six albums with Roadrunner, the group is jumping over to Metal Blade (with an assist from Sony outside of North America).
Here’s the official press release:
“Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Killswitch Engage to its roster! Partnering with Sony Music Entertainment outside of North America, the band will be releasing their upcoming album in 2019 worldwide.
“Metal Blade’s CEO/founder Brian Slagel comments: ‘I have been a huge fan and friend of Killswitch for a long time, so it is truly an honor to be able to work with them. So happy to welcome them to the Metal Blade family.’
“Jesse Leach (vocals): ‘I’m beyond stoked to sign with the legendary Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music. It’s clear they truly understand and believe in what we do as a band, and we’re psyched to have them on our side. It’s an exciting new chapter for KsE and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.’
“Adam Dutkiewicz (guitar): ‘I’m very excited to say that Killswitch Engage will be joining forces with Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music! Super stoked to join the ranks with a long list of many epic metal acts, as well as a team of excellent human beings who truly have a genuine love for metal music. Here’s to an awesome future with awesome labels!’
“Benjamin Voss, Senior A&R Manager Columbia/Sony Music Germany: ‘I am very happy and proud to work with such an amazing band like Killswitch Engage in the future. We are absolutely excited about releasing their new album on Sony Music outside North America.'”
So everyone is happy, proud, stoked, and excited. Well, Roadrunner probably isn’t any of those things. But I mean everyone involved in this new deal. Swell!
More importantly: we’re getting new a new Killswitch album in 2019! Huzzah!!!