Jesse Leach Says Killswitch Engage Are Talking About Doing A Livestream Show, Reveals That A Bandmember Recently Went Through A “Hairy” Health Situation

During a recent appearance on “The Void With Christina,” Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach discussed what the band have been doing during the coronavirus pandemic. The frontman said that they have not been working on new music, but they may do a livestream show at some point. He also revealed that they recently “had a little hairy situation” involving the health of a bandmember.

Leach said the following when asked if the group have been working on new material:

“No, we’re not. There’s a couple of factors. One I can’t really speak of, ’cause health had something to do with one of the bandmembers. We had a little hairy situation there. But we’re doing better now. We are not writing, and there’s a couple of reasons for that. Number one is we’ve all just been through the wringer this year mentally and physically for some. So that has been the last thing on our mind.”

He also added:

“We’ve recently regrouped via Zoom and talked and hung out and have started to talk about the potential of a concert online, like all these bands have done already. We may eventually do that. And we’ve come up with creative ideas on how to make it different, and interesting songs to play and concepts. So that conversation started. It’s something that’ll be in the future.

But another reason why there’s not a ton of incentive to write new music right now — number one, we’re not together; number two, Times Of Grace is getting ready to roll out [a new] record. So in order for that to breathe and have its time, and then Killswitch will have its time after, they very, very graciously understood that when Times Of Grace comes out, we’re gonna allow Times Of Grace to breathe.

Adam and I are focusing on putting visuals together. And we’ve got the first single and visual done. So we’re very much gonna cater this record to an online experience, allowing Times Of Grace to have their time in the press and the media. So that’s another reason why Killswitch is not working on anything right now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Devils Head Productions Officially Release Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) Vinyl Toy

Devils Head Productions have officially released their new vinyl toy based on Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. You can purchase that HERE. The following was said about the figure:

“The one and only “drunk animal – beer monster” AdamD hero toy is FINALLY here! Unfortunately for him it looks like he mixed a bit too much candy and beer in preparation for his big day. Cast in green GID (glow in the dark) with gold glitter marbled with bubblegum pink vinyl these are definitely sickly sweet. LIMIT 1 PER CUSTOMER. ANY ORDERS FOR MORE THAN 1 WILL BE CANCELED. $30 each…made in Japan. Not intended for children under 14 years old. NOTE: Each one is unique in it’s marbling and the images shown are for example only.”

Killswitch Engage Score New Gold & Platinum Records In The U.S.

Killswitch Engage’s single “My Curse“ off their gold-certified 2006 album “As Daylight Dies“ has officially been certified gold and platinum by the RIAA. On top of that, the band’s cover of Dio‘s “Holy Diver“ and the title track of their 2004 album “The End Of Heartache” have both gone gold as well.

Killswitch Engage To Release 20th Anniversary Deluxe Vinyl Pressing Of Their Self-Titled Debut Album

Killswitch Engage will be releasing a 20th anniversary vinyl pressing of their self-titled debut album on October 9. This version of the effort will feature expanded artwork and four bonus demo tracks. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Track Listing:

Side 1:

01. “Temple From The Within”
02. “Vide Infra”
03. “Irreversal”
04. “Rusted Embrace”
05. “Prelude”
06. “Soilborn”

Side 2:

01. “Numb Sickened Eyes”
02. “In The Unblind”
03. “One Last Sunset”
04. “Prelude” (1999 demo)
05. “Soilborn” (1999 demo)
06. “Vide Infra” (1999 demo)
07. “In The Unblind” (1999 demo)

Mike D’Antonio commented:

“I had a lot of fun taking this artwork apart and putting it back together. I especially had a good time searching through all the old photos and reminiscing. It was a simpler time in 2000 and the ‘hunger’ in the music still shines through to this day.”

Jesse Leach added:

“I wrote lyrics and did vocals for this album in a handful of days. From what I can I recall, it was raw, emotive, and filled with a certain cathartic power. This was us at our most primal and most stripped down stage. This was the beginning and still holds the core of what I believe to be the heart of what this band still is deep inside.

I am honored and privileged to be a part of this album. Before any big labels, world tours, and even the term ‘metalcore,’ it was just us four guys playing metal steeped in hardcore roots. We had no regard for a career, ambition, or any thought of longevity or legacy.”

Killswitch Engage’s “As Daylight Dies” To Be Released On Vinyl In The U.S. For The First Time

Killswitch Engage will be releasing a new vinyl pressing of “As Daylight Dies” on December 18. This is the first time the album will be available on vinyl in the U.S. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Justin Foley commented:

“It’s funny how, in 2006, there wasn’t even a thought about releasing this record on vinyl. And now, 14 years later, while we’re all stuck at home, it’s finally happening. ‘The End of Heartache‘ knocked down a lot of doors for us and set us up nicely for the release of ‘Daylight‘. While we were making this record, we never envisioned that people would still care about it so many years later. This re-release is for all the fans that have carried this band to places we never dared dream were possible. Thank you, KsE fans.”

Adam Dutkiewicz added:

“I’m wicked excited to have Daylight FINALLY come out on vinyl. This was such an important album in our career, and brings back a lot of great memories. I can’t believe it’s been 14 years since this album first came out… man, how time flies.”

Killswitch Engage Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Comprehensive Timeline & Retro Merch

Killswitch Engage are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a comprehensive timeline of significant moments from their career. You can find that HERE. With this news, the band have also released a new line of retro merch.

Adam Dutkiewicz said the following:

“I’ll never forget when we first started touring and I had to quit my day job to give it a go. I remember thinking, ‘Just try it for a year, that way you’ll have no regrets when it doesn’t work out, and you can go find a new job.’ 20-plus years later, here we are, and it’s been an amazing ride. I’m so grateful to our fans for letting us continue to do this…THANK YOU, KsE FANS EVERYWHERE!!!”

Joel Stroetzel continued:

“It’s hard to believe KsE has been going for so long. We’re gettin’ old! We hope you all enjoy the photos, as they have definitely brought back a lot of memories for us! It seems like only yesterday we were playing VFW halls in Western Mass and rehearsing in my parents’ basement!”

Mike D’Antonio added:

“Looking back at what KsE has seen and done in 20 years is nothing short of mind-blowing to me. How a little band from Massachusetts could tour the world for this long is beyond me. A lifetime of exciting moments and amazing memories… I would not trade it for the world.”

Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, & Light The Torch Offer Update On Postponed Tour

As previously reported, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, and Light The Torch were forced to postpone their spring tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, Killswitch Engage have offered an update on the trek saying that they are hoping to reschedule the dates for November/December.

Killswitch Engage said the following:


We have an update on the North America Atonement tour. We’re currently targeting November & December for all of the rescheduled dates with the hopes that shows can happen in that time period. Both August Burns Red and Light The Torch would be available during this time as well, so it would be the same lineup.

That said, we want to be clear that nothing is set in stone yet. Once we are sure about the time period and we have all of the shows confirmed, we will be sure to make another announcement.

Your tickets will be honored for the postponed shows. For those who need a refund, they are now available at the point of purchase and will continue to be available through June 10. Also, when we eventually announce the rescheduled dates, you will be able to get a refund then as well.

Thanks so much for your continued patience and support. We can’t wait to see you all again.

Until then, please stay safe and take good care of yourselves.



Killswitch Engage Share Acoustic Quarantine Performance Of “We Carry On”

Killswitch Engage have shared an acoustic quarantine performance of “We Carry On.” You can check that out below:

Jesse Leach commented:

“This song is a deep one for me. When I wrote the lyrics, it was originally based off of struggles in a tumultuous, abusive relationship. Little did I know how significant it would eventually be as it has relevance during this strange time of quarantine and uncertainty. For me, it has turned into an anthem, of sorts, about perseverance.

While working on this version, it really struck me how much I felt the lyrics in a different light. As dark and difficult as things can get, we all have this inner power to persevere and pull through. I feel that the desperation and the melancholy of this song are balanced by a ray of hope that runs through it all.”

Killswitch Engage Release “Atonement” B-Sides EP For Charity

Killswitch Engage have surprise released a new EP titled “Atonement II B-Sides For Charity.“ The effort comes with six tracks including: “To The Great Beyond,” “Hollow Convictions,” “Killing Of Leviathan,” “No Devotion,” “I Feel Alive Again,” and “Prophets Of Treason.” Fans can purchase the effort on Bandcamp with 100% of the proceeds set to go towards the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund.

Jesse Leach commented:

“These songs didn’t make the final cut for ‘Atonement‘. Choosing which songs make an album remains a tough process for me. While the songs that made the most sense appear on the album, I’m still attached to every song I write. So, when the idea came up to put these B-Sides out and donate funds to a charity, I was relieved at the idea and the band unanimously agreed to the cause. I am proud these songs get to see a release, and to help others in the process is a huge bonus.

These songs were written during a very difficult and uncertain time of my life. They are written with two perspectives: that of a struggling, angry, frustrated man having a crisis of faith, life, and love and a man finding the will and the strength to change perspective, try again, and to fight through it all.

Although these songs may not have made the cut for the album, they are deeply meaningful songs that I believe in whole heartedly. Lyrically, they are some of my favorites that I have written. From the very personal ‘Hollow Convictions,’ ‘No Devotion,’ and ‘I Feel Alive Again,’ to the battle cry songs of ‘Killing of Leviathan,’ ‘Prophets of Treason,’ and ‘The Great Beyond,’ it tells the story of my journey and my view of the world around me.

Big thanks to Metal Blade for partnering up with us on this! Also thank you to Center for Disaster Philanthropy for their amazing work! Lastly, thanks to all of you for purchasing the songs and contributing to helping those who are in desperate need during these uncertain times.”

Devils Head Productions To Release Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) Vinyl Toy

Devils Head Productions have announced that they will be releasing a new soft vinyl toy based on Killswitch Engage’s Adam Dutkiewicz. The figure, which the company is calling “酔 獣” (aka “drunk beast”), will be released later this year.