More Info on Ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Vocalist Howard Jones' New Band
Last week, rumors broke that former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones was forming a new band. We confirmed the story and exclusively reported that the band would also feature All Shall Perish shredder Francesco Artusato.
We just received a press releases from the band's management with further info on the project.
So far, there are only three members to the project, Jones, Artusato and drummer John Sankey of Australia's Devolved and briefly of Divine Heresy. The project started without Jones' involvement and when Jones heard the music he wanted to be a part of it. From the press release:
The band – whose name will be unveiled shortly – was born out of Artusato and Sankey’s creative quest to stretch beyond their extreme metal backgrounds. The two had written over a dozen songs before even attempting to lock down a singer. “We were unsure if Howard would be interested,” says Sankey.” Yet, when Killswitch Engage’s former frontman received the material, a creative ideal began to solidify.
Finally connecting in Los Angeles during the last months of 2012, a highly distinctive sound began to become apparent. “It turned from bare-bones musical ideas into something that surpassed any of our expectations” says Jones. “It went from something we thought was going to be a fun, heavy project into something very real.” It was during a recording session at the start of 2013 with producer and former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Gojira, Fear Factory) that ideas began to alchemize into something none of the bands members would ever expect. “It became a departure from what I’m known for,” says Artusato. “I wasn’t focusing on technical guitar parts (even though I still love that aspect of writing) but simply on writing what felt best for each individual song.”
“It’s a different style of music for me,” says Jones. “It’s heavy as anything any of us are known for but I get to do some different things people won’t expect. I’ve been singing almost all my life. Being around good songwriters and musicians in my former bands really helped mold me into who I am now.”
With Logan Mader behind the boards, this record is going to be a monster heavy metal album. I believe it. The band is currently recording and finalizing their lineup and the band is hoping to release music by the end of the year. Is anybody as pumped as I am for this project?