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How Killswitch Engage surfed the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal to glory

Killswitch Engage weathered highs, low and lineup changes to become one of America's most important metal exports. Guitarist Adam D looks back on their journey

How was it to be part of the NWOAHM?

Adam D (Guitar): “Oh, you know, it’s just one of those terms that people like you guys like to chuck around. It has connotations, and I guess there was a sound that went along with those bands. But we never set out to be any style of metal – we grew up listening to all kinds of stuff. So, people put a name on it, and we were just like, ‘OK, fuck it’ and went with it.”

Did you feel like you were part of that scene?

“There was definitely a sound that went on with all of those bands. And we became noticed when all that stuff was going on. Signing to Roadrunner is when it all kicked off for us… so… I don’t know… I guess. That time was incredible. The big things that were happening at the time were nu metal, all that bouncy shit, so when we heard bands with leads and riffs, it was like, ‘Wow!’ It actually sounded like metal again.”


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