The members of Killswitch Engage made a shocking announcement Wednesday afternoon -- they are continuing on without vocalist Howard Jones.
In a post on the official Killswitch Engage website, the remaining band members explained the situation and their plans to move forward.
To our family, friends and fans: We have decided to continue on without Howard Jones as the singer of Killswitch Engage. We love Howard and are thankful for the nine years that we’ve had him in the band. Out of respect for everyone involved we will not be discussing the specific reasons behind this decision. Howard is a part of our family and always will be, and we wish him well. He has left big shoes to fill, so we certainly have our work cut out for us to find the next singer of Killswitch, something we plan on making priority #1 going forward. Most importantly, thanks to all of you for all the support throughout the years and for sticking by us for all this time. We really do appreciate it and we very much look forward to having a new record for all of you in the not too distant future that we can all be proud of. Sincerely, Adam, Joel, Mike & Justin.
Fans were quick to respond to the announcement, suggesting that All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte or former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach should carry on in Jones' place. Both Labonte and Leach were called upon to take Jones' place when he dropped out of the Killswitch Engage tour two years ago.
Read more about Killswitch Engage and Howard Jones' departure here.