Killswitch Engage, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc. Members Guest In Loss Becomes’ “Healing” Music Video

Loss Becomes have premiered a new video for their song “Healing.” The clip features cameos from Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach, The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman, Fit For An Autopsy’s Tim Howley, etc. and it can be seen below. The band commented:

“‘Healing‘ is a song about celebrating life after death. Loss is always hard to accept, especially when it’s someone you’re close to, but having that person in your life is a miracle in itself worth honoring through celebration. The upbeat tempo and driving riffs reflect themes of joy & festivity that come to a halt with a monstrous slap bass solo & massive outro riffs that represent the process of mourning, grieving and ultimately, healing.”

[via Revolver]

Jesse Leach Says He Wants To “Break The Mold” With Killswitch Engage’s Next Album

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Killswitch Engage, Soulfly, Etc. Members Cover Black Flag’s “Nervous Breakdown”

Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage), Alan Robert (Life Of Agony), and Frank Godla (Meek Is Murder) recently performed a quarantine cover of Black Flag’s “Nervous Breakdown” for Metal Injection‘s final “Slay At Home” event. You can see footage of that below:

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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