Justin Foley


2002-2004 Blood Has Been Shed - drums  
2003- Killswitch Engage - drums  

Studio musician

2011 Unearth - drums  

Live musician

2009 As I Lay Dying - drums  
2011 Unearth - drums  

Personal information

Justin Foley (born 1976) is best known as the drummer of the metalcore band, Killswitch Engage. He is also an active member of the band Blood Has Been Shed along with Killswitch Engage's lead singer, Howard Jones. Foley has been quoted as saying his primary influences include John Bonham, Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Sean Reinert, and Charlie Benante.

Early life

Justin Foley was born in Simsbury, CT in 1976. Before joining Killswitch Engage, Foley participated in a Connecticut thrash/jazz metal band called Red Tide. Red Tide began as a thrash metal outfit in 1993 then evolved into a jazz metal band in the late 90's. As the primary lyricist and one of the songwriters for Red Tide, Foley earned local celebrityhood. With Red Tide, Foley released at least 5 demo tapes and two CDs. Red Tide disbanded in 2002 as there was a general lack of interest in continuing (cited by interview).

Killswitch Engage

Foley joined Killswitch Engage after the departure of the previous drummer, Tom Gomes, in October 2003. He has demonstrated his dynamic and powerful mastery of the drums while performing with both bands. He is also known for his unique drumbeats that do not follow the normal metalcore rhythm.

Justin Foley is one of the many advertising artists for Evans drumheads along with such famous drummers as Daniel Erlandsson, Charlie Benante, Kevin Talley, Morgan Rose, Matthew McDonough, and Vinnie Paul among other performers.

Foley will play drums on metalcore band Unearth's upcoming new album, Darkness in the Light filling in for departed drummer Derek Kerswill.


Foley has been quoted as saying that if he did not play drums, he would like to try out for the New York Yankees, who he is an avid fan of. He is also an avid fan of The Simpsons. Justin is also engaged to Jesse lynn Ham. He now lives in Florida. Foley is known for his shaved head and long red beard.


Foley graduated from Simsbury High School in Simsbury, CT in 1994. He earned his undergraduate degree in percussion at the University of Connecticut. He proceeded to attend the prestigious Hartt School of Music and receive his masters degree in percussion. When he is not touring or recording, Justin continues to perform with the Connecticut symphonies.