News has come down through the Facebook channels that Killswitch Engage has parted ways with their vocalist, Howard Jones, after nine years in the band. Read the following statement below:
"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."
Back in 2010, Jones went on a brief hiatus while the rest of the band was out on tour with All That Remains vocalist, Phil Labonte, fronting the band. At the time, there was speculation that there might be some type of rift within the band, but when Jones returned, answers to the rumors were never addressed. Further, rumors are swirling that Jones has impregnated porn actress, Allie Foster, citing this could be part of a reason why the band has decided to move forward without Jones. At this point, all the speculation will leave all of us wondering the real reason why Jones will not continue on with the band.
All of us at KUPD wish Howard and the rest of the boys in KSE all the best during this transition.