Jesse Leach On Killswitch Engage’s Upcoming Album: “It’s A Killer Record So Far”

During a recent interview with 107.7 The Bone, Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:

“We finish up the tour with LAMB OF GOD and we go home and continue demoing the new record. The record is kind of the only thing I can think about right now. I’ve got a lot of writing to do and I’m excited. It’s a killer record so far.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Killswitch Engage Announce Holiday Shows With Rivers Of Nihil & Unearth

Killswitch Engage have announced some holiday shows with Rivers Of Nihil and Unearth. Here’s the dates:

12/28 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
12/29 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
12/30 Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach commented:

“It’s been a while since we’ve been able to do a holiday show so let’s fix that. We are stoked to announce these three ‘holiday-themed’ shows, which will surely be fun and maniacal. Expect things to be out of control and crazy! It will be rounded out by the prolific — and a band favorite — with Rivers of Nihil, as well as our old school friends in Unearth.The sets, the stage, and the vibe will be like no other Killswitch show you have seen! This will be a perfect send off for us as we head into the studio for our new record! Let’s do this my friends!”

Bleeding Through’s Brandan Schieppati Says He Was Offered A Chance To Try Out For Killswitch Engage In 2002

During a recent appearance on the “Meep Meep Podcast,” Bleeding Through’s Brandan Schieppati revealed that he was offered a chance to try out for Killswitch Engage in 2002. The frontman said the following about that:

“I got asked to sing for Killswitch, when Jesse [Leach] quit the first time. That is a true story. I was in Arkansas with Bleeding Through, Norma Jean, and Every Time I Die – the first Bleeding Through tour we ever did…I just kinda knew that Bleeding Through was my shit. I knew I was gonna leave Eighteen Visions and just do Bleeding Through and I remember their A&R guy hits me up and goes hey ya know the band wants you to try out for Killswitch and at the time…Killswitch was an unknown. They weren’t really poppin’ off yet. Bleeding Through actually was probably bigger than them at that time… They actually asked James [Hart] from Eighteen Visions too. But we both recommended Howard [Jones] and there you go.”

[via The PRP]

Killswitch Engage Announce Three Headlining Shows

Killswitch Engage have booked some headlining shows around their fall tour with Lamb Of God. Here’s the dates:

09/19 Charleston, SC – Music Farm (feat. Suicide Silence)
09/22 Albany, NY – Empire Live (feat. Suicide Silence and Lybica)
10/05 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues (Metal Blade Records 40th anniversary show) (feat. Fit For An Autopsy and Visigoth)

Jesse Leach On New Killswitch Engage Album: “It’s Probably Gonna Be Some Of The Most Positive Stuff That I’ve Ever Written”

During a recent interview with Australia’s Heavy, Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach offered an update on the band’s upcoming album. According to him, the new material is “probably gonna be some of the most positive stuff that [he has] ever written.”

Leach said the following about the group’s current plans:

“Well, as of right now, I think the big thing that was looming over us was it’s been a long time since we sat and wrote a record. So getting back on the road and touring — we did a tour with SLIPKNOT here in the States, and we did our own headlining tour with LIGHT THE TORCH and AUGUST BURNS RED — that sort of fulfilled, like, ‘Oh, we’re back. We’re doing this again. We’re playing shows. We’re in front of an audience.’ We weren’t able to interact as much as we would have wanted to [because of the pandemic], but we were still doing it. But I think the conversation kept coming up of, like, ‘What should we do?’ Internationally traveling kind of fell to the wayside for not just the pandemic but the conflict in the Ukraine. So once all that touring went away overseas, we had a bunch of time. So we’ve started to work on demos on for a new record. And we just confirmed a tour here in the States with LAMB OF GOD and a plethora of other bands as support. So we’ll be doing that in the fall. But predominantly between now and then, and then after then, we’re really gonna be working on the record, trying to get that wrapped up and done quickly too, because we want it to be a record that’s not gonna take a lot of time to create. We want that raw, fresh feeling, so a lot of these demos I’m trying to [get] through quickly just to get the energy and then we’ll sort of dissect them as new get into the studio. So I think there’s a real spirit within us to put out new material and then tour on that new record come next year, hopefully. So that’s kind of what we’re all thinking.”

He continued when asked for a timeline for the record:

“We’ve got a couple of sessions [scheduled]. We haven’t really put deadlines or anything. But I’m personally setting goals for me to create quick, very emotional, raw stuff for the demos and then probably taking a little more time, once we get to the studio, to polish that up and make it sound really good. Some of these demos I’m getting ready to send to the guys, if you would listen to them, most people would probably laugh ’cause they’re just me going nuts, just trying to get the idea out quick and then we’ll worry about re-recording it and polishing it and sort of making it sound KILLSWITCH-y.

I’ve always been really hard on myself — a perfectionist, if you will — and I think it’s hindered me in the demo-making process. So my approach to this record is I wake up in the morning and I write lyrics out of the sleep. I listen to the music. It’s moving very quickly for me, and it just feels fresh; it feels new. And then us getting into a room and jamming on that shit together, which we haven’t done in years, that’s the vibe we’re going for. We kind of wanna bring that live feeling, that live sound to this next record… I want that energy to be there.

Live music shouldn’t be perfect. I don’t like the studio fixes, I don’t like the tuning — I hate all that shit. So the less that can happen, I’m into it. I’d rather keep it raw. It’s rock and roll, man — it shouldn’t be perfect. I think metal, over the years, has become very compressed and very manufactured. To me, I’m all about pushing away from that. So I think this next record will be a push-and-pull, ’cause [KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist and producer] Adam [Dutkiewicz] is very much a perfectionist with the way he likes things to sound. So it should be interesting. He’s on board of that too — sort of getting more of a live feel to what we’re doing. I think it comes across. When you come see a band live like us, it is a little different than a record. But it should be.”

He also added the following about the lyrics:

“I’ve purposefully been extremely spiritually minded and positive and trying to write uplifting things that are gonna help people process what we’ve been through.

I think there’s two ways you can go — you can get angry and write hyper-political stuff and anti-government or whatever, which I’ve done in the past, and I still stand by that, but I think, for me, where my gift lies, after what we’ve been through, is more of a comfort, more of an uplifting thing. So I’m leaning hard on that — a little more existential, more looking forward, if you will, lyrically. It’s probably gonna be some of the most positive stuff that I’ve ever written, and I’m doing that on purpose — for myself, but also for the listener. I think it’s just time for us to put out a record that’s just beaming with positivity and hope. And that’s what I’m going to do.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Killswitch Engage Premiere “As Sure As The Sun Will Rise” Live Video

Killswitch Engage have premiered a new live video for their song “As Sure As The Sun Will Rise.” The footage is taken from the band’s new live album/film, “Live At The Palladium,” which was officially released today (June 3). That effort features the band’s August 6, 2021 livestream show in which they performed their 2000 self-titled debut album and their 2019 album “Atonement” in full at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Jesse Leach commented:

“This was an uplifting song for me as soon as I heard the demo. It’s about spiritual redemption and hope amidst this troubled world. It’s a call to arms for those who seek a just and righteous path in this life. The message is fight through the darkness and perils to overcome the war of spirit and flesh.”

Killswitch Engage Premiere “Vide Infra” Live Video

Killswitch Engage have premiered a new live video for their song “Vide Infra.” The footage is taken from the band’s new live album/film, “Live At The Palladium,” which will be released on June 3. That effort will feature the band’s August 6, 2021 livestream show in which they performed their 2000 self-titled debut album and their 2019 album “Atonement” in full at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Jesse Leach commented:

“This song has stood the test of time for me, sonically and lyrically. Sonically, it shows our hardcore roots and the blend of metal. Lyrically, it has words I still stand by and hold close to my beliefs. It’s one of my favorites from our early material!”

Killswitch Engage To Release “Live At The Palladium” In June

Killswitch Engage will be releasing a new live album/film, titled “Live At The Palladium,” on June 3. The effort will feature the band’s August 6, 2021 livestream show in which they performed their 2000 self-titled debut album and their 2019 album “Atonement” in full at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Fans can pre-order the release as a two-LP set, a two-CD/Blu-ray set, and digitally.

“Live At The Palladium” Track Listing:

01. “Unleashed”
02. “The Signal Fire”
03. “Us Against The World”
04. “The Crownless King”
05. “I Am Broken Too”
06. “As Sure As The Sun Will Rise”
07. “Know Your Enemy”
08. “Take Control”
09. “Ravenous”
10. “I Can’t Be The Only One”
11. “Bite The Hand That Feeds’
12. “Temple From The Within”
13. “Vide Infra”
14. “Irreversal”
15. “Rusted Embrace”
16. “Prelude”
17. “Soilborn”
18. “Numb Sickened Eyes”
19. “In The Unblind”
20. “Just Barely Breathing”

A live video for “Know Your Enemy” from “Live At The Palladium” can be found below. Frontman Jesse Leach said the following about that track:

“This song speaks volumes about the state of the world, not only when I wrote the lyrics, but today, as well. It shines a light on the various protest songs we’ve written over the years. To me, the message is equally important as the music, and this song is no exception. And regardless of who we have become as a band, we still have our roots firmly planted in hardcore music.”

Killswitch Engage Cancel Summer European Festival Dates

Killswitch Engage have cancelled their summer festival dates in Europe. The band issued the following statement:

“Due to logistical challenges and ongoing uncertainty in Europe, we unfortunately have to cancel our 2022 summer festival dates. We plan to get back to Europe as soon as possible. Thanks to all of our European fans for your patience and understanding. Until then, please be safe and healthy. Love, KsE”

Killswitch Engage Perform With August Burns Red’s Guitarists After Joel Stroetzel Tests Positive For COVID-19

Killswitch Engage guitarist Joel Stroetzel will be missing the band’s immediate live shows after testing positive for COVID-19. The band revealed the news during their February 5 show in Portland, ME, which found them preforming with August Burns Red‘s Dustin Davidson and JB Brubaker as fill-ins. Fan-filmed footage from that set can be found below: