Massachusetts hard rockers Killswitch Engage are very much alive these days.
“As Daylight Dies,” the group’s fourth album, has sold more than 300,000 copies since its release nearly 13 months ago. Meanwhile, its 2004 predecessor, “The End of Heartache,” was recently certified gold for half a million copies sold.
“Three years to go gold isn’t so bad,” bassist Mike D’Antonio says with a laugh. “We’ve always been one of those bands that’s just slow and steady selling, not one of those pop artists that sell a million off the bat. We just chug along, the little band that could.
“Our accountant came to us and was like, ‘You guys really need to think about getting houses or you’re gonna get (hurt) on taxes pretty bad. I guess that shows the band’s working out.”
Killswitch Engage even has a hit on the Billboard Top Mainstream Rock Tracks chart these days — a cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver” that’s included on a special expanded edition release of “As Daylight Days.” D’Antonio, 34, says the band’s record company wanted it to include the track on the original album and release it as the first single, but the group stands by its decision not to do that.
“We didn’t want to be one of those bands that comes out of the scene with a fresh cover that makes them popular and then things get weird after that, when people actually hear their own material,” the bassist explains. “We knew we had a solid fan base, so we didn’t have to come out of the box and go, ‘Here’s a cover. We’re gonna be huge ...’
“Now, after we’ve had two singles from this record, it felt OK to give it a shot, and people really seem to like it so I don’t think it hurt us to wait.”
Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, DevilDriver and Soilwork perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 4) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $35. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www. livenation.com.
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