Killswitch Engage named the hardest working metal band according to study

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The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) has taken Billboard's top 100 artists from 2018-19 and performed a study to discover the hardest working popular musicians of the year.

The ICMP analysed factors such as the number of domestic (US) shows, the number of international shows and the total number of shows and number of countries played to come to their conclusion, and Killswitch Engage are the only metal band to appear in the resulting top 10 hardest working musicians list.

Elton John also scored highly – the oldest musician to feature in the list and the artist with the most international shows – but both Elton and Killswitch were beaten to the top spot by indie singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, who is, according to the study, the hardest working popular musician of the year with a whopping 195 live shows. 

Ed Sheeran is the "most travelled musician" with 32 different countries in one year under his belt, Billie Eilish is the artist with the most US shows, and pop is the most travelled genre – figures, eh?

Who is working the hardest?

  • Lewis Capaldi - 195 shows
  • Billie Eilish - 184 shows
  • P!nk - 167 shows
  • Ed Sheeran - 156 shows
  • Elton John - 150 shows
  • Killswitch Engage - 148 shows
  • Dua Lipa - 137 shows
  • Khalid 136 - shows
  • Shawn Mendes - 134 shows
  • Portugal. The Man - 132 shows

Pop might have taken the lead, but plenty of rock made it into the full list with pop-rock outfit Imagine Dragons making it to number 12 and psych-rockers King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard hitting number 21.

Panic At The Disco! also feature in the top 30, as well as 5 Seconds of Summer and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Metallica are at number 36 while Foo Fighters clock in at number 39.

Other rock and metal acts in the top 100 include Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Slipknot and The Rolling Stones; and despite being out of action for a decade until this summer, prog-metallers Tool even in made it in at 97.

We just wonder what the results would have been like if they'd included the illustrious world of extreme metal... 

Click here to view the full list of Top 100 World's Hardest Working Musicians 

Killswitch Engage tour dates 2020

Mar 10: Cleveland, Agora Theatre, OH
Mar 11: Grand Rapids, 20 Monroe Live, MI
Mar 13: Philadelphia, Franklin Music Hall, PA
Mar 14: Silver Spring, Fillmore, MD 
Mar 15: Raleigh, Ritz, NC 
Mar 17: Atlanta, Tabernacle, GA
Mar 18: Orlando, House of Blues, FL
Mar 20: Dallas, Southside Ballroom, TX
Mar 21: Houston, House of Blues, TX 
Mar 21: San Antonio, Vibes, TX 
Mar 23: Tempe,The Marquee, AZ
Mar 24: Los Angeles, The Wiltern, CA
Mar 25: Riverside, Municipal Auditorium, CA
Mar 26: San Francisco, Warfield, CA 
Mar 28: Seattle, Showbox Sodo, WA
Mar 29: Boise, Revolution, ID 
Mar 31: Salt Lake City, Complex, UT
Apr 01: Denver, Fillmore, CO
Apr 03: Minneapolis, Fillmore, MN
Apr 04: Chicago, Radius, IL
Apr 05: Detroit, Fillmore, MI
Apr 06: Toronto, Rebel, ON
Apr 08: Montreal, MTelus, QC
Apr 10: Portland, State Theatre, ME
Apr 11: New York, Terminal 5, NY
Apr 12: Boston, House of Blues, MA