AHH CRAP! Metal has lost another one! Well, fortunately he did not pass away. Lead vocalist Howard Jones has decided for the best to leave metal group Killswitch Engage.

Howard Jones has been with Killswitch Engage for over a decade, and personally, Howard is the singer that I recognize Killswitch Engage with (Yea...Jesse was good too, but Howard can really kick ass).  Howard did post a statement on his reason for leaving the group...

"Well, I guess I will shed a little light without going too deep. As some of you may know, I’ve had a pretty interesting couple of years to say the least battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that went unchecked for years."

"The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and to be honest they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me.Recently we’ve all been in writing mode but somehow I couldn’t get excited about the new album and all the touring that would go with it. The guys saw it before I did. In hindsight I now realize that my heart wasn’t in it."

"I have had an amazing decade with KSE. I love Justin, MikeD, Joel and Adam for hanging in there and standing by me no matter how bad it was. I have so many good memories, and those are the ones that I will keep."

"Will I be involved in music again? Sure, I have been in bands for a little over half my life, can’t stop now. Until then, get the new KsE album, it’s going to be good. Thanks everyone for letting me try to entertain you, and I wish myself well in my future endeavors."

I think it is a good thing he realized these certain things, if your heart is not in the metal, than the music starts to drown too...Get well Howard, I look forward to your next metal endeavor.