Howard Jones (American musician)

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Howard Jones
Howard Jones - Elbriot 2018 02.jpg
Howard Jones live 2018
Background information
Born (1970-07-20) July 20, 1970 (age 48)[1]
OriginColumbus, Ohio[2]
GenresHeavy metal, metalcore, mathcore
Occupation(s)Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Manager, Lyricist, Composer, Vocalist
Years active1997–Present
LabelsFerret, Roadrunner, Nuclear Blast
Associated actsKillswitch Engage, Blood Has Been Shed, Light the Torch, Within Temptation

Howard Jones (born July 20, 1970) is an American metalcore vocalist, best known as vocalist of the bands Killswitch Engage and Blood Has Been Shed, and as the current vocalist of Light the Torch, formerly known as Devil You Know.

Personal life[edit]

Howard is an avid fisherman and owns property on the Red River of the North in Manitoba, Canada. Howard is a frequent guest on Jamey Jasta's podcast. He left Killswitch Engage in early 2012 to allow himself to manage his type 2 diabetes which was worsened by a hectic touring lifestyle.[3] In 2013, Jones stated that his diabetes put him in a coma for 3 days.[4] He follows a straight edge lifestyle.[5]


Jones started a new band Devil You Know with guitarist Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and drummer John Sankey (Devolved, Fear Factory and Divine Heresy). After Sankey's departure and his attempt to claim the copyright of the band's name the rest of the band members started again with a fresh name Light the Torch with the addition of a new drummer.


Blood Has Been Shed
Killswitch Engage
Light the Torch (formerly Devil You Know)

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Free Birthday Database".
  2. ^ "Howard Jones - Metal Storm". Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  3. ^ "Howard Jones Explains Killswitch Engage Departure". Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  4. ^ "Howard Jones Discusses his health". Archived from the original on 2013-05-05. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  5. ^ Dario (September 22, 2006). "Interview mit Killswitch Engage". (in German). Archived from the original on July 30, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2017. [...] Howard ist in vielen belangen ein eher gelassener Typ, der seine Meinung nicht unbedingt jedem aufbindet, dass wird auch sehr deutlich wenn man auf das Thema Straight Edge zu sprechen kommt: Ich denke, dass es für mich das Richtige ist, wenn es für jemanden anders aussieht, dann ist das in Ordnung. [...] (Howard is in many respects a rather serene guy who does not necessarily tie his opinion to anyone, that is also very clear when the topic of straight edge comes: I think it's the right thing for me, if it looks different for someone, it's all right).
  6. ^ Robert Pasbani (14 February 2014). "DEVIL YOU KNOW Announce New Album The Beauty of Destruction, Reveal Album Art & Release Date". Retrieved 5 February 2016.