News•October 23, 2013 1:21 PM ET•7,255 views
Nuclear Blast inks Devil You Know (ex-Killswitch)
Nuclear Blast Entertainment has officially signed Devil You Know, the new band fronted by ex-Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones. As previously revealed, the band's lineup also includes guitarist Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and drummer John Sankey (Devolved). A demo of some new music from the band is available online (if you 'Like' their Facebook page). "World-class vocalists like Howard Jones are the rarest commodity in metal music these days," says Nuclear Blast Entertainment's Monte Conner. "Howard has a tonality and richness to his voice that very few singers have. The band's initial demos got me very excited but sometimes you strike gold. Devil You Know just made an incredible record that has surpassed all expectations. The vocals are everything fans have come to expect from Howard but at the same time there is a depth, dimension and variety to his singing that shows incredible growth and elevates him in every way. Add to that world-class musical talents like Francesco Artusato and John Sankey both as players and songwriters. This is ground zero of something really exciting!" "I had worked with Monte before I left Killswitch and have long known and respected him," says Jones of the former Roadrunner Records A&R chief. "He has a vision for both music and business that is second to none and made it an easy choice when it came to signing to the label. Monte and the Nuclear Blast staff understand who we are, what we have individually accomplished and where we are going as a band." The band is currently finishing up work on their debut album, with an early-2014 release planned.