Melee isn't awful for Challenge Modes; you are. Melee players are a liability for the windows of time in which a tank keeps an enemy mob faced towards them, resulting in an exorbitant loss of damage or death. Melee players are a liability for people who keep rooting mobs next to them. Melee are a liability to a healer that cannot heal.
I was super bummed to hear that Howard was leaving KSE and wasn't all that excited to hear that Jesse would be back. After hearing In Due Time and No End In Sight I am now insanely excited for the new album! Jesse's vocal's have improved nicely and it is kinda nice to have a familiar face instead as a replacement instead of some random dude. Still wish Howard would have never left