Killswitch Engage have completed a retrospective picture series detailing highlights from their career since forming in 1999, which they have slowly been posting to their Instagram page over the last few weeks.
The band made one post for each year from 1999-2019, complete with anecdotes about lineup changes, memorable shows, video shoots and more.
It's a simple but endearing concept, and a fantastic look into the Killswitch Engage story. Here they are presented in chronological order:
Back in KsE's ‘DIY’ days, I used to put these cassettes (and later CDRs) together by hand. I would photocopy the covers at my design job (while no one was looking), print the tape stickers on my home inkjet printer, and fold and stuff the cassettes in the bedroom of my apartment. Day of our first show, I recall struggling to get as many of these cassettes ready as I could. I think I was able to produce a whopping 23 that particular evening. – Mike D
This was a show at the Met Cafe in Providence RI. This was the first show that we played in what was my hometown at the time. I remember walking off stage that night and feeling a deep sense of purpose to what we were doing. Little did I know how right that feeling was. - Jesse
2001 - KsE 2nd Appearance at New England Metal & Hardcore Fest...Oh yea, guys, check out that SICK late 90s bleach blonde hair. I'm like the trash bag version of Sugar Ray. AND, check out that late 90s cell phone...in my pocket...while I'm playing. Ah, to be young. And I miss playing drums. - Adam
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
2003 - Justin Foley joins KsE...I've stood awkwardly in front of a camera with Howard before during a few Blood Has Been Shed photo shoots, but this was the first time I had the pleasure to stand awkwardly with these other guys. I think this might be at Zing Studios, we did a few shots there and in the surrounding woods. I'm not sure what that stuff is on top of my head. - Justin
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
2005 - KsE First Download Festival (UK) Performance...I was extremely nervous for this show. I remember barely being able to sleep the night before, and that was when I was only imagining the size of the crowd. Actually seeing it was stunning. A lot of festivals look similar from stage, because how different can a bunch of fields look? But Download does have a distinct vibe. - Justin
2006 - My Curse video shoot.::This was the first video shoot we did on the As “Daylight Dies” record cycle. We all thought that being in the pages of a book was kinda a cool and different idea….and we knew director Lex Halaby could pull it off since he already did a great job for us on the ‘Rose of Sharyn’ video. We shot the band performance near Boston, though I can’t remember much of it…there may have been beer involved! The rest of the video was shot in the desert near LA.- Joel
2007 - “Holy Diver” video shoot...Shot in Northern California Vineyard country, this video was shot at a castle with perfect medieval ambiance. I remember we started filming in early morning in full “plastic armor” and sweatpants. As the day went on, there were more and more shots I was needed for, and the sun got hotter and hotter. Around the time I was supposed to “kiss” the “queen”, I was already delirious with heat stroke. There was nothing you could do but laugh at the situation, and how funny we all looked in our costumes. This photo shows the final scene shot that day… at 2 AM the following day actually… I was out of my mind, and just wanted it to be over. It was a fun one, but not something I’d repeat. - Mike
2008 - Howard Stage Dive at Rock On The Range...This was a special Columbus show, and my old hometown did not disappoint. I still remember the barricade disappearing under the weight of the crowd. I remember fingers everywhere after that stage dive. I also remember Adam wore a blow up doll as a cape. It was a good day. – Howard @howard_jones_music
2009 - Rockstar Mayhem Tour...The Mayhem tour might have been one of my favorite summer tours we’ve ever done. There were so many great bands, plenty of parking lot hangouts, and yes…lots of tuxedo shirts! It was the first time we ever had pyro onstage….thankfully there were no casualties! - Joel
2010 - Jesse Performs With Band Again...Rejoining the band for those 4 shows was unreal. I had to take time off from my job at the time and I was honestly nervous on how I would be received. The sound the crowd made when I stepped out on that stage was crazy. Those four shows carried me for weeks after. I had such fun and really felt this real sense of acceptance and love I didn't expect from the band and fans. as much fun as it was to be on stage, I had a lot more fun being backstage and riding the bus. It was my first time ever riding a tour bus so I was like a kid messing with the lights and switches. It was hard to clock back in to my regular job after that long weekend. - Jesse
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
2013 - “In Due Time” Video Shoot...The first video shoot from the Disarm the Descent album was honestly nothing but fun. It didn't even feel like a music video shoot, we were just hanging out with friends and there happened to be a film crew and a director there. As with anything that transpired in those first few years of my return to the band, there was an overwhelming sense of purpose, friendship and drive. Some of the best experiences of my life transpired during and around 2013. This video definitely highlights one of those days. I'm really happy with how that video turned out, it shows the true spirit of who we all are together. - Jesse
2015 - Rise Against US Tour (in Pittsburgh)...I'd be willing to bet this was taken moments before Adam and I rushed off stage to catch a Pirates game at PNC. He had probably just told me to play faster so we don't miss too many innings, one of the benefits of not using a click track. We've been very lucky over the last several years to be able to go to a ton of baseball stadiums, and Pittsburgh is still at the top of my list. - Justin
2016 - NYC Residency / Release of “Incarnate”...The week of NYC residency shows in 2016 could have been the most fun string of shows we had ever done. Feeding off the energy of these small jammed packed clubs is something KsE lives for. Everyone seemed to have ear to ear smiles and jokes were flying around the room. There seemed to be no separation of band and audience…we were one in the same, a big ball of energy, focused into raw emotion. - Mike
2017 - AOJB 15th Anniversary Tour in Australia & New Zealand...Connecting with fans...that’s why we play shows. How good any show is has nothing to do with how well we play or how the venue sounds, it’s all about the energy and excitement in the room. The connection between the band and the crowd is everything to me, and we’re lucky to have the best fans EVER. - Adam
2018 - In The Studio Recording “Atonement”...I love making music with this guy. 2 completely different brains, both with open minds to creativity. It also helps that we both like to sing, and our vocal ranges are complementary to each other for harmonies. And I’m jealous of his lyric writing capabilities. All of my lyrics SUCK compared to Jesse’s - Adam
2019 - US Co-headline Tour With Parkway Drive...We've played the Hollywood Palladium many times and it's one of my favorite venues on the west coast. I remember this show well...the crowd that night was electric! The show went by so fast and left me wanting more. I was on such a high afterwards and in such good spirits. Just looking at this photo makes me so eager to get back out there and do what we do! - Jesse
Could you imagine a world without Killswitch Engage? No, neither can we.