Kill Switch Engage 04.09.16


KillswitchEngage-2016-7876Killswitch Engage (KSE) is an American heavy metal/metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts.  They have been around since the turn of the century (1999/2000) and have released 7 studio albums.  Killswitch Engage brought the Incarnate Tour 2016 to the Marquee Theater in Tempe on April 9, 2016.

Incarnate is the latest album and this tour is in support of that album.  However, from the song list, the band performed more of a greatest hits from all of their past works.  The current members of the band are: Jesse Leach (Lead Vocals), Joel Stroetzel (Lead/Rhythm Guitar), Adam Dutkiewicz (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Mike D’Antonio (Bass) and Justin Foley (Drums).

Jesse’s strong voice combined a mixture of singing, screaming vocals, and growls.  Adam and Joel mixed “crushing” riffs, power chords and dual-guitar harmonies.  It was amazing to watch Adam bounce and run around the stage even with his knee brace.  Mike was everywhere on the stage producing the heart pounding bass.  And Justin gave a solid performance on the drums.  The band definitely played to the crowd and the crowd really got into it.  There was at least 1 mosh pit and a number of people were crowd surfing.  I actually saw 1 idiot attempt to crowd surf from the sound board to the front of the stage.  He got dropped at least 6 times, but got back up and continued.  The crowd was definitely into the show. KSE played for 90 solid, hard driving minutes

Overall it was an enjoyable evening and if you are into heavy metal/metalcore then you should go and see Killswitch Engage – they are definitely worth it.

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman

All photos © Fred Kuhlman 2016

The setlist included:

  • Strength of the Mind (Incarnate)
  • This Is Absolution (As Daylight Dies)
  • Fixation on the Darkness (Alive or Just Breathing)
  • Alone I Stand (Incarnate)
  • Beyond the Flames (Disarm the Descent)
  • Just Barely Breathing (Alive or Just Breathing)
  • Take This Oath (The End of Heartache)
  • Hate by Design (Incarnate)
  • Temple From the Within (Killswitch Engage)
  • Always (Disarm the Descent)
  • Just Let Go (Incarnate)
  • Rose of Sharyn (The End of Heartache)
  • The New Awakening (Disarm the Descent)
  • My Last Serenade (Alive or Just Breathing)
  • The End of Heartache (The End of Heartache)
  • My Curse (As Daylight Dies)
  • In Due Time (Disarm the Descent)


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