During a recent appearance on Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ’s “Drinks With Johnny,” Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach talked a bit about his plans for the band’s next album. The singer says he would like to “break the mold” with the record.
Leach said the following:
“My hope with Kilswitch, and I’ve really pushed hard to add more diversity, to add the quiet parts. I want us to be seen as a metal band. I don’t care about genres; subgenres are even worse. And we definitely have a formulaic way of doing things. But I would love to break that mold; I really would. I push for it a lot, but it’s hard when you’re in a quote-unquote legacy band and things are the way they are for a reason. And I’m always that guy pushing, like, ‘Let’s try this. Let’s try that.’ And the general consensus is, ‘All right, Jesse. Calm down. Calm down.’ So, for me, jumping back into [my side project] Times Of Grace or even talking about The Weapon, it’s so nice for me to have outlets outside of Killswitch where Times Of Grace can spread our wings.”
“I think [the new Times Of Grace album] is more rock and heavy metal than it is metalcore. There are still elements of it, for sure. And with The Weapon, our EP, it’s a 15-minute record — it’s just fast, pissed off punk rock. I love it. It’s so much fun to do that and to be able to go outside of what is my main thing. Killswitch, it gets fatiguing to do the same thing over and over again. So, mark my words, with the next Killswitch record, I’m gonna push really hard to just break the mold. Let’s do something different. Bring more solos in. Adam [Dutkiewicz] and Joel [Stroetzel] solo so well, and they do these little small solos to fill in between the bridge. I’m, like, ‘Why do you guys not solo?’ ‘Oh, I don’t wanna show off.’ ‘No. It’s metal.’ So I’m gonna ask for more solos on this next record.”