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Matt Garfield is just a man with a keytar and a hankering for metal.

He’s also the one-man wrecking crew behind the band Mose Giganticus – handling all the songwriting, lyrics, vocals, drums, and synthesizers himself with a rotating cast of characters backing him up on guitar and bass both live and in the studio – kind of like Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails.

Gift Horse is the band’s major label debut on Relapse Records.  The brand of metal that is put forth on this album is difficult to nail down.  It should be no surprise that a keytarist liberally uses synthesizers and vocoder in his music, but Gift Horse isn’t industrial metal in the vein of, say, The Downward Spiral; nor is it anything like the recent bastardizations of synth in metal like The Devil Wears Prada or Attack Attack! (or any other group of kids wearing neon shirts and sporting girls’ haircuts while banging on a keyboard).

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[UPDATE: So it seems like Howard Jones is simply hurt and/or sick.  Fill-in singer Phil Labonte had this to say on Twitter: "Yep, I'm singing for KsE until HoJo gets better. Not sure how long it'll be but I'm here till they don't need me anymore."  If that is indeed the case, the band should have just come out said that in the first place instead of allowing some of these rumors to swirl.  In any case, check out this awesome fan-filmed clip of the band playing "My Curse" during the first sans-Howard show.  Labonte didn't know the lyrics yet to this song so he sat it out and the whole crowd just took over.  So cool.  Original story below.]

Whoa.

So I got to go see Killswitch Engage kick off their new tour in Boston last week, and as I wrote, they put on one hell of a show.

Well, the band announced yesterday that lead singer Howard Jones has left the tour “due to unforeseen circumstances.”  Here’s the entire press release:

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Howard Jones is leaving the band’s current headlining tour with The Devil Wears Prada and Dark Tranquility due to unforeseen circumstances.  All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte will be filling in for Jones for a few shows in the interim, until the KsE guys can determine what the plan will be for the remaining tour dates, which are currently scheduled to run through the end of March.

No one knows why Jones has dropped off the tour after just five days.  Speculation ranges from personal/family issues to Jones potentially leaving the band for good.  But again, that’s just all speculation.

The ironic aspect is that he’s being replaced on the tour by Phil Labonte of All That Remains.  You see, when KsE were looking for a new vocalist after the departure of Jesse Leach, it came down to Jones and Labonte, and Jones eventually beat him out for the job.  That in itself is what’s driving the speculation about Jones being gone for good, but realistically, Labonte is probably just the guy the band is most familiar with and who is most familiar with the band’s songs.

Of course, the dark horse explanation for why Jones left the tour is that he couldn’t live with listening to The Devil Wears Prada open for him every night. (Rimshot!)

-Sam

Killswitch Engage, those dyed-in-the-wool metalcore practitioners, began their first U.S. headlining trek behind their latest album on Thursday night in their hometown of Boston at the House of Blues.

And as any frequent concert-goer can tell you, the combination of starting off a tour and playing in one’s hometown generally combine to bring out the best in a band (if not some technical difficulties along the way).

KSE are a band particularly known for their live show due in large part to singer Howard Jones and guitarist/general goofball Adam Dutkiewicz.  They understand that they are there to entertain and they usually seem genuinely stoked to be on stage performing.  Of course, if you aren’t prepared to see a tall, gangly guitarist wearing a cape and headband running back and forth across the stage while jump-kicking and simultaneously shredding all while playing songs of a decidedly more serious nature, it can be a bit disconcerting.  That’s just how KSE rolls; as far as live performances go, fun comes before all else.  I know some people who strongly dislike that choice, but I don’t have a problem with it.  After all, there’s always the album itself to go back to if you don’t like the band’s stage antics.

Anyways, the show started off with a bang as the band hurried on stage and dove immediately into one of their hits, “Rose of Sharyn”.  Throughout the rest of the set they liberally incorporated cuts off their latest record, playing almost half of the songs from that disc.  The new material is not drastically different from their back catalog so it fit in seamlessly.

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