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]

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) Shares New The Way Back Within Track “Serene Sevens”

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach has shared a new track, titled “Serene Sevens,” from his ambient project The Way Back Within. You can purchase the track on Bandcamp and find a video for it below. Leach commented:

“New ambient track. This is my interpretation of how walks in nature make me feel. During this past year (and for most of my life) nature is my solace and my reset. Living in the Catskills has been an absolute blessing for my mental health. I hope you enjoy my little creation (clocking in at 4:44 intentionally). This track and all of my ambient music is created specifically for soothing the anxious mind and creating a refuge for breath and clarity. All music and visuals captured by yours truly and inspired by nature…”

Left To Vanish (Ex-A Life Once Lost) Premiere Music Video For New Song “Healthy” Featuring Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach

Left To Vanish, the band featuring Robert Meadows (Mind Power, ex-A Life Once Lost), have premiered a new song titled “Healthy.” This track features Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) and an official video for it can be found below:

Bryan Little commented:

“Jesse‘s been a long time advocate for mental health awareness. His part on this track is a perfect fit. He’s been seriously awesome to work with, and we’re extremely stoked with how both the track and video turned out.”

Sean Salm added:

“This is the first time we’ve ever made a prequel to a music video. The concept was sparked from our previous release ‘Pity‘, back in December. The main character is going through struggles of living in the present pandemic while questioning what is real, what is not, and even his own sanity.”

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) Teams Up With Matt Stocks For New Podcast “Stoke The Fire”

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) has teamed up with DJ/presenter Matt Stocks (“Life In The Stocks”) for a new podcast called “Stoke The Fire.” Starting March 2, the show will air every Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT via gasdigitalnetwork.com. It will also be released on further podcast platforms every Sunday starting March 6.

Here’s a description of the podcast [via Blabbermouth]:

“The new show features self-reflective, in-depth discussions and interviews with a wide-range of positive and creative forces in the fields of art, music, photography, hospitality, food, sports, mental health and well-being. Their goal is lofty but simple: to recreate the atmosphere of Joe Strummer’s world-famous campfire sessions at Glastonbury festival — in virtual form.”

“Throughout the show, [Stocks and Leach] share deeply personal stories, interview an assorted array of extraordinary people, and host round-the-campfire discussions with their listeners. Hopefully, they’ll also inspire and unite a few people in the process. Eventually, they aim to turn “Stoke The Fire” into a TV travel show — in addition to the podcast — where they can have ever-expanding conversations with artists and creatives all over the world, in real life, around a real campfire. Until that time, they’re here to keep the fires stoked in the world of podcasting.”

Stocks also commented:

“Someone once described Jesse to me as the Bob Marley of heavy metal, and they couldn’t have been more on the money. Metal isn’t necessarily a genre known for having a lot of soul, but Jesse is ALL heart and soul. He’s obviously celebrated for his work as vocalist in KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, but Jesse is so much more than just a great frontman: he’s one of the most deep, philosophical people that I know. I really can’t wait to see where this podcast takes us, and I’m sure the topics of conversation will be both enlightening and inspiring.”

Leach added:

“Launching this podcast with Matt is really exciting for me. It opens up so many possibilities to interact with people! It has also given me a sense of purpose during these strange times. I look forward to making it much bigger than just a simple podcast… I can see some important discussions and potentially some life altering moments while we develop this idea. Matt and I have chemistry and we are in sync with how we want to move forward. I feel like this is a really nice natural progression for me not just as an artist but as a human — I have an undying desire to continue to affect positive change in the world. Let the conversations begin…”

Jesse Leach Says Times Of Grace Have Found A “Good” Label Home For Their New Album

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) has shared an update on the new Times Of Grace album. The frontman said the following

“We are finalizing up stuff. Hopefully by the end of this year and early next year, we’ll start previewing music and stuff.”

“Obviously, this year has just been a shitshow. We just wanna make sure it comes out properly — the way that we want it to be presented, and have some good visual ideas and some good artwork. And we found a good home at a label. So all of that is wrapping up.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Jesse Leach On New Times Of Grace Album: “I Sincerely Think It May Be Our Best Work As Musicians”

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) has taken to social media to offer another update on the new Times Of Grace album. According to the frontman, the record “may be [their] best work as musicians.”

Leach said the following:

“This passion project that is the brain child of Adam D has taken a lot of time to be reanimated. The most recent recordings took years to complete. I am honored to be a part of this. It allows me to push in different directions stylistically as well as have a truly collaborative body of work with a brilliant mind like Adam.

We worked on music in between the chaos of our touring lives for this next one. New music has been completed we are just awaiting some last minute tweaking from Adams painstakingly precise audio obsessions then some mastering to finalize the songs.

We made enough music for an album and then some. We are in the works on deciding how to release it as it is a precious and important milestone for us both. I have listened to the new music many times over on various occasions and I sincerely think it may be our best work as musicians. That and it further pushes us in a separate and distinct place away from associations sonically with @killswitchengage.

It will still be some time until we iron out the details during this strange time for music and art. I know some of you have been ever so patient and we are truly grateful for all the love and support! 🙏🏼

In the meantime here’s a throwback to a quarantine version we did.

I supposed the hype train continues on… soon friends…I truly hope we get our music out soon… thanks for giving a damn!

#TimesOfGraceBand”

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Repost of a reworked song The Forgotten One from our 2011 album “Hymn Of A Broken Man.” . This passion project that is the brain child of Adam D has taken a lot of time to be reanimated. The most recent recordings took years to complete. I am honored to be a part of this. It allows me to push in different directions stylistically as well as have a truly collaborative body of work with a brilliant mind like Adam. We worked on music in between the chaos of our touring lives for this next one. New music has been completed we are just awaiting some last minute tweaking from Adams painstakingly precise audio obsessions then some mastering to finalize the songs. We made enough music for an album and then some. We are in the works on deciding how to release it as it is a precious and important milestone for us both. I have listened to the new music many times over on various occasions and I sincerely think it may be our best work as musicians. That and it further pushes us in a separate and distinct place away from associations sonically with @killswitchengage. . It will still be some time until we iron out the details during this strange time for music and art. I know some of you have been ever so patient and we are truly grateful for all the love and support! 🙏🏼 . In the meantime here’s a throwback to a quarantine version we did. I supposed the hype train continues on… soon friends…I truly hope we get our music out soon… thanks for giving a damn! #TimesOfGraceBand

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Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Releases New Album From His Ambient Project The Way Back Within

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach has released a new album of ambient music under the name The Way Back Within. The effort is titled “At First Light, It Begins” and it can be found on Bandcamp.

Leach commented:

“My first Official Ambient album “At First Light, It Begins” is available on band camp now for $3.33 (link in bio above or search “The Way Back Within” on Bandcamp). This album is 42 minutes of deep meditative ambient music and field recordings of nature.

I draw my inspirations from nature and artists that have inspired and helped me along the way with my journey from @brianeno , @theorblive , @steveroachofficial and @chadlawsonpiano . I decided to release this today because my computer crashed last night with all of my new material on it I’ve been working on the past few months.

As well as 3 @dead_trees_official songs…I hope to be able to recover and eventually release that music…however in the meantime I give you 5 songs that brought me real therapy. I created these songs with sounds from various parts of the world. This is music made with the intention of helping to soothe and calm an anxious mind.

I love this kind of music or soundscape as some would call it. I frequently listen to ambient music to help clear my head and relax me. I hope this music helps people to be able to take a break from the chaos of the world and find some balance and peace, even just for a few minutes. Lastly I recommend wearing headphones for an optimum listening experience.

Thank you for your support friends 🙏🏼”

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My first Official Ambient album “At First Light, It Begins” is available on band camp now for $3.33 (Search “The Way Back Within” on Bandcamp). This album is 42 minutes of deep meditative ambient music and field recordings of nature. I draw my inspirations from nature and artists that have inspired and helped me along the way with my journey from @brianeno , @theorblive , @steveroachofficial and @chadlawsonpiano . I decided to release this today because my computer crashed last night with all of my new material on it I’ve been working on the past few months. As well as 3 @dead_trees_official songs…I hope to be able to recover and eventually release that music…however in the meantime I give you 5 songs that brought me real therapy. I created these songs with sounds from various parts of the world. This is music made with the intention of helping to soothe and calm an anxious mind. I love this kind of music or soundscape as some would call it. I frequently listen to ambient music to help clear my head and relax me. I hope this music helps people to be able to take a break from the chaos of the world and find some balance and peace, even just for a few minutes. Lastly I recommend wearing headphones for an optimum listening experience. . Thank you for your support friends 🙏🏼 . #TheWayBackWithIn #AtFirstLightItBegins #Ambient #Meditation #MentalHealthMusic #PeacefulSounds #SoundScape #MusicalTherapy

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Jesse Leach On New Times Of Grace Album: “It’s Just Leaps And Bounds Better”

During a recent appearance on the “BREWtally Speaking Podcast,” Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) discussed the new Times Of Grace album once again. According to him, the record is “leaps and bounds better” than their 2011 release “The Hymn Of A Broken Man.”

Leach said the following:

“It’s just leaps and bounds, better. It’s more creative, it’s more genuine I feel. I feel like there was definitely a bleed in of Killswitch influence on that first record and how could it not be, with me and Adam [Dutkiewicz] working together? And I feel like this new record sort of pulls away from that and really sort of defines us and our sound as Times Of Grace.

Where I listen back to you know like ‘Live In Love‘ and certain songs like that you can hear the Killswitch influence, and that’s cool. But it’s also fans I’m sure I appreciated that, but I’m very happy to pull away from that and do something different for this new record.”

He also added:

“It’s a mixed bag. There’s definitely some of that,sort of bluesy stuff—definitely a lot of blues, I should say. But it comes in different forms, I’d say there’s a mixture of a touch of some stoner vibes going on there, there’s definitely a touch of like, I guess the term would be post metal atmospheric metal, you know? Guitars with like a lot of delay and like space with, you know, big, heavy bass and slow moving stuff. There’s more rock and roll. More indie rock, it’s kind of a real mixed bag of styles. And there’s still traces of the metal that we’re known for here and there.

I think with the direction we’re heading in, and why there’s going to be two releases, this first release we wanted to make sure it sort of didn’t really have any of that heavy Killswitchy vibe to it.

So the first record is going to be what I feel is our signature sound that we’ve sort of embraced and it just kind of happened through Adam‘s writing. And then the EP will be a little bit more of the metal that you have come to know and reflect on the first record. So it’s a real mixed bag, and I’m glad to say I don’t think you could really put a genre on us, because of that, so we’ll see.

I’m sure people are gonna still call it metalcore you know I don’t even know what the fuck that term means anymore, but I’m happy to say that I think that we are no longer going to be called that style of music because I think we’re more of a heavy metal rock band, if you will.”

Leach went on to say that him and Dutkiewicz hope to do a tour with Times Of Grace at some point in the future.

On another note, the frontman also discussed The Empire Shall Fall‘s unfinished EP trilogy and whether or not it will ever surface:

“It’s hard to say man, stuff got really difficult to write too. You’re talking about musicians who were like—in my opinion—over my head with their talent. I remember listening to the demos, over and over again for the next two EPs that were supposed to happen and just being baffled. And like trying to find the one, trying to find like the downbeat, and be like, I don’t know what to do with this. And being inundated with writing for other projects, touring again. I just didn’t have the energy or the wherewithal to to even do it.

Those guys are absolutely brilliant musicians, and maybe someday I’ll revisit it when I get time, I mean, but, you know, very abstract stuff.

I love what we did, I think the Solar Plexus Volume I is some of the most creative, adventurous stuff I’ve done. And it started to tell a story it was gonna be this whole concept. I just got burnt down with it, man. And it just felt like it felt like I was out of my league. If I can be real about it right now you know. Like I was a it was appealing to me to write for the new Killswitch record because it was Killswitch, verse chorus verse bridge, done.

I’m a punk rock dude I get that. with The Empire Shall Fall it took me a long time to figure out some of those songs. How I was going to put my voice there, how it made sense. I mean literally taking my GarageBand laptop and zooming in and apart and just like how do I make this bounce, it’s so odd.

So yeah, maybe someday, but I can’t foresee that happening anytime soon my plate is so freakin full that I have absolute profound respect for them as musicians and as humans great people, great band. But, but at the moment yeah it’s it’s out of my reach, it’s out of my range right now.”

He continued when asked how far along they were with the EP series:

“We were just jamming on stuff, there was nothing. I mean those guys had their parts down, we had demos, but no vocals were ever recorded. We started and I just fell short… like I just lost my steam on it, and timing is everything and it just came and went, and then I got swooped away into the touring world and nothing was the same after that.”

He added:

“Yeah, there were two EPs, pretty much mapped out. I want to say four or five songs on each one. Those guys had pretty much demoed and ready to go and I just never sang on them.”

[via The PRP]

Jesse Leach Says Times Of Grace’s New Album Is “A Little More Rock-Orientated”

During a recent interview with Revolver, Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) talked a bit about the new Times Of Grace album. According to him, the record will be “a little more rock-orientated.”

Leach said the following:

“The album is done. We have two quarantine versions of a song [being released soon]. One is an old-school one reworked. The other one is a new cover that you won’t see on this next record. ‘Cause it’s not just not one record — it’s gonna be a record and another release. And we hope to have it out this year.”

He also added the following about the musical direction of the new material:

“It’s definitely different from the last record. We decided to really sort of set ourselves apart from the KILLSWITCH sound. I think the last record had a lot of KILLSWITCH in it, and we made a conscious departure to write more artistically indulgent songs, a little more rock-orientated, some post-metal, I guess, if you will — effects-driven guitars, very big, atmospheric-sounding stuff and acousticy, more blues, rock-driven stuff as well. So there’s less of the quote-unquote metalcorish genre and more of a genuine heavy metal, rock and roll experimental record. And I’m super stoked on it — I’m very proud of it. And I will say this too — Adam [Dutkiewicz] takes center stage a lot more on this record. It’s very much a 50/50 album when it comes to vocals. You’re gonna hear a lot more of Adam’s voice, and he has come such a long way with his voice and his lyrics. I’m so proud of him. I think it’s the best work that we have done as musicians in this particular genre ever, I would say.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Times Of Grace (Killswitch Engage) Finish New Album

During a recent interview with Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez,” Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) confirmed that Times Of Grace have officially finished their new album. On top of that, the frontman also revealed that they actually recorded enough new material for a bonus EP as well.

Leach said the following:

“The Times Of Grace record is done. We have enough songs for a full-length record and then enough songs for an EP afterwards, if we choose to… We’ve decided to separate the two batches of songs. It’s done and done, and I’m extremely proud of it, and I think it’s probably the best record that Adam [Dutkiewicz, Killswitch Engage/Times Of Grace guitarist] and I have ever done in our careers.

Not only because it’s something we’re proud of lyrically and what it stands for, and it’s much different from the first record — I just think because it’s diverse. It shows a little bit more of a rock side, a little bit more of a stoner, post-metal side, it shows more blues. It gave us freedom to just do whatever we wanted to do.

That, and Adam took the reins on… I wanna say half the record is him leading and half is me, and then we come together on songs. So you’re gonna hear a lot more of Adam’s creativity in his voice. And I wrote a couple of songs that he sang, and he brought a whole different light to it. So I’m extremely proud of that.”

He also added the following when asked if fans can expect to hear it this year:

“I hope so. We’re pacing ourselves. We’re trying to be smart with how we’re gonna put it out, how we’re gonna present it. The last record, there was a lot of visuals to accompany the record.

I wanna make sure we roll it out in a very sort of artistic way. I want nothing more than people to get the chills on their arm and the back of their neck when they get that first taste of what we’re going for.

So we’re working diligently behind the scenes. We’re gonna find a home on a record label. We’re gonna do it independently, but it must be to a certain standard. Hell, we’ve waited this long to put this thing out, so we’re gonna make sure when we roll it out, it’s exactly how we want it to be rolled out, with the artwork and the feel and the vibe.

I just want it to be something so different and hopefully refreshing to the music community, something that people don’t see coming. We’ll see what happens.”

[via Blabbermouth]