Killswitch Engage’s Joel Stroetzel Exits Tour Early For Family Emergency

Killswitch Engage guitarist Joel Stroetzel has exited the band’s current European tour “due to a family emergency.” During his absence, the band’s production/stage manager Josh Mihlek “will be filling in for a few songs.”

[via Blabbermouth]


Jesse Leach On New Killswitch Engage Album: “It’s Probably The Most Difficult Record I’ve Had To Write”

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Jesse Leach talked a bit about the new Killswitch Engage album. According to him, the effort is “probably the most difficult record [he’s] had to write, because it comes from such a dark, angry place.”

Leach said the following when asked if the album will focus on mental health:

“Going forward, I’m going to be doing a lot of promotion to raise mental health awareness. It’s something that’s very near and dear to my heart, so I’ll be doing as much as I can to advocate for that and use my soapbox to speak out and keep that conversation in the forefront.”

He also added the following when asked what other subjects he covered on the effort:

“It’s definitely some reaction to the state of the world, to the state of our country and what’s being going on here. There’s some angry, political stuff, but written in such a way that it’s not going to overwhelm the listener. It’s written poetically; I’m being ambiguous with it, because I’d rather it read like a story than a direct statement. There’s a lot of heavy themes lyrically – I’d even go so far as to say it’s probably the most difficult record I’ve had to write, because it comes from such a dark, angry place.”

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Doesn’t Plan On Cancelling Any Shows As He Seeks Help For Mental Health Issues

As previously reported, Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach is currently seeking help for mental health issues after divorcing his wife of over 16 years. Despite this, the singer has confirmed that all shows will go on as scheduled.

Leach said the following:

“I have begun to get the help I need and I am grateful for the tribe of people that have begun to surround me. I will keep this brief as I need to maintain my distance from social media to continue to rebuild and focus on my mind and body. First of all thank you for the outpouring of love and support.

I am unable to read all of the messages and comments and apparently articles and blogs (didn’t see that coming). ALSO rest assured I look forward to this next tour more than I have any other. This is for various reasons, but mostly because music is my biggest medicine and always has been. So no I will absolutely NOT cancel any shows!

Lastly no need to ask my friends, my x-wife or band mates what happened what’s going on or how I am. You heard it from me today, I am ok and I will cautiously take one day at a time as this will be a process. Everyone has their breaking point I reached mine and asked for help! Then help swooped in like a Hawk to rescue me.

Love to you all, love to my family, my friends old and new, my therapists, my x wife who is still my friend despite our separation and situation (so please don’t bug her about any of this, she has her own journey to begin to work on). Thank you, thank you, thank you. All! .

I will post again when I feel the need to do so.

However I do not plan on going as deep as I did when this account began. I’m not ready for that just yet, and perhaps need to be selective with what I do share. If you or someone you know is having issues, problems and in need of help, please don’t hesitate to ask, to seek it and to speak up! There are many amazing humans that want nothing more than to help! 🙏🏼 #thewaybackwithin #OnTheMend #LifeChanges #ItsOkNotToBeOk #JesseLeach #Depression #Anxiety #Healing #SpeakUp #AskForHelp #Grateful #Blessed #JesseLeach”

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach To Seek Help For Mental Health Issues

In a since deleted Instagram post, Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach revealed that he is going to seek help for mental health issues. This news comes after the singer separated from his wife of over 16 years.

Leach said the following:

“✌🏼 until we meet again. I just need time to get help before I can share anything else with you. thank you to all of you who actually care and understand. Mental illness is a sickness and pair it with a life tragedy and it’s a force that can level you and break you in ways you never ever imagined. I’m getting the help I need starting tomorrow. I won’t be another statistic of suicide!!!!! I’m fighting for my future and I refuse to give up or give in!!! Send vibes, love, prayers, thoughts or whatever please. Let love guide us all. Peace and elbow grease. 💔🙏🏼❤️#ItsOkNotToBeOk #NoYouMayNotUnderstand #Mentalillness #IAmBrokenToo #thewaybackwithin #JesseLeach #MentalBreakdown #SeekingBalance #Selfcare #RealTalk #Grateful #Broken #CrisisMode #ThankYou”

[via The PRP]

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Trolls Fans With Snippet Of New Reggae Track

Jesse Leach trolled fans by posting what he said was a teaser for a new Killswitch Engage song. However, the clip actually featured a snippet of him singing a new reggae track that was produced by his Killswitch Engage bandmate Adam Dutkiewicz. You can check that out below:

[via The PRP]

Jesse Leach Finishes Tracking Vocals For New Killswitch Engage Album

Jesse Leach has officially finished tracking vocals for the new Killswitch Engage album. The singer confirmed the news via Instagram.

Leach said the following:

“All vocals for the new @killswitchengage album are complete. Blood (actual blood), sweat, tears, more sweat, anxiety, anger, hope, love, frustration, passion and full on heartbreak are injected into every single word. Can’t wait for you to hear it when it’s all complete! Adam D is at the controls with more mixing, editing and arranging to do.

I absolutely have to give Adam D a massive massive thank you for helping me more than any other record I’ve made. He is my musical soul mate and I don’t know what I would do with out him. This album wouldn’t be what it is without his determination and many many MANY hours of work. This process was the single hardest process I’ve ever had to deal with far beyond any album I’ve done, hands down.

The sheer amount of material, my vocal surgery, depression, anxiety and full on mental breakdowns all contributed to the painstaking process. Adam was patient and motivating me along the way. The man is a total champion! Grateful to all of the guys in the band for their support. Stoked on their great and interesting song writing skills as well as just being patient with me.

I believe the album has something for everyone who is a fan or digs what Killswitch is known for. I personally leaned a bit more on the heavier side of things, but we’ll see what makes the album when all is said and done. I’m looking forward to 2019 more than words can express. It’s been a super hard year for me personally as well as this album just haunting my thoughts and daily meditations.

If nothing else I’ve given everything I have to this album. I truly hope my words on this piece of music are therapeutic, motivating and perhaps even inspiring for some of you out there. I know music is a huge part of my therapy and my life’s blood so it would be an honor to help anyone in anyway with the music we make.

Welp…enough out of me I’m going to drink a few dark and stormy beverages by a fire and try to relax and enjoy the fact another album in my career is complete. Cheers and thank you ALL for your patience, it’s been a difficult (yet I hope rewarding in the long run) process. #KilswitchEngage #JesseLeach #SoulMetal #Hardcore #Metal #Rock #PunkRockMetalHead”

Vein Added To Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, & After The Burial’s U.S. Tour

Vein have been confirmed as the opening act on Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive’s co-headlining tour. As previously reported, that trek will also feature After The Burial.

Tour Dates:

04/18 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre (Killswitch Engage closes)
04/19 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium (Parkway Drive closes)
04/20 Mesa, AZ – 98 KUPD – 98Kupd Ufest (no After The Burial/Vein)
04/22 Colorado Springs, CO – City Auditorium (Parkway Drive closes)
04/23 Wichita, KS – Cotillion Ballroom (Killswitch Engage closes)
04/24 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom (Parkway Drive closes)
04/26 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom (Killswitch Engage closes)
04/27 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater (Parkway Drive closes)
04/28 Houston, TX – So What Music Festival (no After The Burial/Vein)
04/30 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater (Parkway Drive closes)
05/01 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre (Killswitch Engage closes)
05/03 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville (Killswitch Engage only)
05/04 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle (Parkway Drive closes)
05/05 Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium (Killswitch Engage closes)
05/07 Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre (Parkway Drive closes)
05/09 New York, NY – Terminal 5 (Killswitch Engage closes)
05/10 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall (Killswitch Engage closes) (no Vein)
05/11 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall (Outdoors) (Parkway Drive closes)
05/12 Rockingham, NC – Epicenter (Killswitch Engage only)
05/12 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues (Parkway Drive only)
05/14 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring (Killswitch Engage closes)
05/15 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit (Parkway Drive closes)
05/16 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club Stage (Killswitch Engage closes)
05/17-19 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Festival