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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Launches Comprehensive Band Timeline Celebrating 21st Anniversary

Here's to another 21 years!

Killswitch Engage formed in 1999 and has since released eight full-length albums, two of which are certified Gold by the RIAA! Killswitch Engage has enjoyed quite a bit of success over the years, and to celebrate their 21st birthday, they've launched an extensive band timeline over on their website. The timeline chronicles everything from their first shows and demos up to present day.

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"I'll never forget when we first started touring and I had to quit my day job to give it a go," recalls Adam Dutkiewicz. "I remember thinking, 'Just try it for a year, that way you'll have no regrets when it doesn't work out, and you can go find a new job.' 20-plus years later, here we are, and it's been an amazing ride. I'm so grateful to our fans for letting us continue to do this…THANK YOU, KsE FANS EVERYWHERE!!!"

"It's hard to believe KsE has been going for so long," adds Joel Stroetzel. "We're gettin' old! We hope you all enjoy the photos, as they have definitely brought back a lot of memories for us! It seems like only yesterday we were playing VFW halls in Western Mass and rehearsing in my parents' basement!"

Mike D'Antonio says, "Looking back at what KsE has seen and done in 20 years is nothing short of mind-blowing to me. How a little band from Massachusetts could tour the world for this long is beyond me. A lifetime of exciting moments and amazing memories … I would not trade it for the world."

Killswitch Engage is also posting some historic photos from their career over on their Instagram.

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2004 – Shooting the cover for The End Of Heartache in my apartment bathroom. In a 5’x7’ bathroom I covered the tile with newspaper. I shot a few preliminary shots of the hands and the heart without the red mess so I could get a sense of hand positions I wanted and various angles I was considering. Finally, with tedious amounts of red gouache at the ready, I would drip red paint on the hands and take some shots. Every so often I would change the camera angle and heart grip, then drip more paint on. I used a multitude of camera angles to get the correct shot I was looking for. – Mike

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2002 – First US Tour / Joel van breakdown…Oh my… fond memories of our great van breakdown of 2002…we were driving from Seattle to Western Massachusetts at the end of the Hypocrisy/Soilwork tour and boom…blew out a tire and destroyed an axle on our van. We were stuck in the middle of South Dakota for three days waiting for the part to arrive. During this time, Jesse also informed us he had to leave the band…at the time I didn’t think we’d even make it through the 20 hours of driving we still had in front of us…and here we are 20 years later. Haha! Crazy…- Joel

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2012 – Jesse Rejoins KsE…I remember being driven up to this photo shoot a day or so after quietly returning back to the band. It didn't feel real. My mind was racing as to what would happen next. I had an entire album to write and shows booked in the coming weeks. I remember seeing all of them just before we began the shoot and I had a moment of relief. I felt deep down this was the right move, this was meant to be. The laughter captured on this photo is genuine. We all were in such high spirits at the possibility of the future ahead. I know I was and still to this day feel that same excitement the days before a tour starts. What an extremely fortunate place I've found myself in since this day. – Jesse

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