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]

Machine Head Premiere New Songs “Stop The Bleeding” Featuring Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach & “Bulletproof”

Machine Head have released a new digital single titled “Civil Unrest.” The effort comes with two new songs including “Stop The Bleeding” (feat. Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach) on the a-side and “Bulletproof” on the b-side. You can find an official video for “Stop The Bleeding” and a stream of “Bulletproof” below:

Notably, Machine Head will be donating a significant portion of the streaming proceeds from “Stop The Bleeding” to the Grassroots Law Project. Robb Flynn said the following about that track:

“I wrote and sang the lyrics on Wednesday, May 27th 2020, the day that the four officers who murdered George Floyd were (originally) not charged with anything. This day was engulfed in protests and riots across America. I drove into Oakland past large demonstrations already happening and in a fury wrote down everything I was feeling after watching the horrific footage. Within hours, what I wanted to say, what I needed to say had been recorded in the song.

I decided to sing it over a song called ‘Stop The Bleeding’, that we had recorded back in December. 2018 with Jared [MacEachearn] and Carlos Cruz [Warbringer] on drums.”

“I had been speaking with Jesse for maybe six months about singing on the song, as it always had a little bit of a Killswitch vibe to me. Unfortunately (or fortunately), our schedules hadn’t lined up, but with the subsequent lockdown from coronavirus, we had time to make it work. After what happened to George Floyd, I sent him the lyrics I’d written and he replied saying he was ‘100% on board.’ Jesse is someone I consider to be a pioneer and in many ways, one of the men who changed the face of metal. His contribution to this song made it extremely powerful and it’s an honor to have him be a part of it.”

Leach added:

“Being asked to be part of this song is an honor. Yes, because it’s Machine Head, but more importantly, this is a message that needs to be heard and spread. These issues concerning abuses of power and racism are timeless. I have written about these previously and I’ll write about them again. I think Robb really nailed this one, both lyrically and sonically. My hope is this song helps awaken those who hear it. Robb has been a frequent voice of the voiceless in these times, so teaming up with him is a no brainer. We need more of our metal community to speak out on social issues and help raise awareness, especially during these crucial times. Music is the soundtrack to our lives; it transcends language and culture. This is the reason we as musicians need to do our part to spark thought and discussion on these types of issues. We can make a difference through music and we can help stop the bleeding.”

Flynn also said the following about “Bulletproof”:

“The lyrics for ‘Bulletproof’ were finished in the aftermath of not only the Ahmaud Arbery murder at the hands of white supremacist, but everything twisting out of control in our world. The isolation and craziness of the pandemic, the lockdown protesters storming government buildings with AR-15s, as well as the blatant lies and conspiracies pouring out of our political leaders’ mouths, hour by hour, day after day.”

Times Of Grace (Killswitch Engage) Post New Teaser

It looks like Times Of Grace, the band featuring Killswitch Engage‘s Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach, are planning to release new music in the near future. The band posted the below teaser:

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… How long before this silence dies …

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Rock/Metal Musicians React To The Murder Of George Floyd

As the U.S. continues to be rocked by the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, MN, a number of musicians have taken to social media to speak up about the tragedy and the ongoing riots related to it. You can find some posts from various artists below:

Ice-T (Body Count):

Amy Lee (Evanescence):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

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“We’re Hurting” 5.29.2020 Richmond, VA. LET ME MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR: as a peace loving man who has seen & very regrettably been involved in violence myself in the past, I CANNOT CONDONE VIOLENCE- it only hurts us in the long run. BUT… I can UNDERSTAND it. Last night, I went out to document a protest in Richmond, VA, walking for a couple of hours with the people, shooting photos & trying to capture this moment in history- this is what I do as a photographer, in times good & bad. It was peaceful for the most part while I was there, but very shortly after I left, it kicked off & the rioting/violence started. There were a few cop cars & a city bus put to the torch, windows smashed (including small businesses, a few of which were black-owned- how does this help? It DOESN’T), & lots of spray paint. Tear gas/flash bangs were deployed. There were reports of gunshots (from the crowd, not the cops), but thank God no one died last night. And although I have had my problems with police before, I cannot just hate all cops- I know some good ones who do their best to serve & protect. But I also have NEVER had to worry that a cop might kill me because of the color of my skin. The violence you are seeing is the result of years & years of bottled up pain & fear, the only voice left when peaceful means don’t seem to be working. I texted a musician friend in LA last night who is a black man- I asked him how he & his family were. “We're okay. We're hurting. We're angry. But we’re okay.” The two words that stood out the most to me: WE’RE HURTING. When people hurt bad enough, for long enough, they lash out. So instead of just being another voice screaming “Racism is bad!” I want to ask you ALL: please think about a time you were hurt & scared- how did you react? I know that I myself have reacted VERY BADLY before when I was hurt & scared. All I really wanted was for someone to HEAR ME, to LISTEN, to CARE, to try to UNDERSTAND ME, to RECOGNIZE MY PAIN. There are A LOT of people who are very hurt & scared right now, & they have had ENOUGH. Things have to CHANGE, or the violence will continue. I will be staying in tonight- if you are going out, please- be peaceful. My heart hurts… 😞

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage):

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Gathering my thoughts, my anger, my frustration and my warrior sense about what’s been going on in this country. It’s bigger than recent events it runs DEEP in our history! My heart is heavy, my soul is burdened but my determination to help and try to understand the big picture of the division we all are pushed into daily is strong. Yet another life taken and paraded on social media and the repercussions unfold. Is anger enough? What more can be done aside from post about it, write songs about it, live in fierce opposition to the persistent divide created because of it. I humbly ask what can be done? It’s not just the murder of George Floyd it’s the countless others that have died in a similar manner and many thousands that have died and never received media coverage. Our so called creed in this country a country that clams “liberty and justice for ALL” is under fire. How do you not react in anger in disgust and frustration?! I am “just a musician” and not a “political figure” but we are taking about HUMAN LIFE being taken. How do we NOT speak out against this wrong! It’s not about politics and I’m sick to my stomach seeing any one argue that point in any way! STOP using Black folks being murdered as an agenda to push politics!!! No, not all police are awful and murderous. In fact I know officers that are good people with the desire to actually serve and protect! So if you are one of those Good Cops use your voice now to show solidarity with citizens who are the victims of abuses of power! Just like me a white male is showing my solidarity to a people who have deep history and deep roots in the building and creating of the foundations and culture of this country. We need more unity and coming together to speak out and fight against WRONG! There is NO defending what continues to happen NONE. When heavily armed white skinned people can parade around in front of officers unharmed and unchecked and unarmed black folks are executed for the camera it sends a MESSAGE! Put aside ANY stupid political speculation about what is happening and lead with your mind. This should serve to UNITE us for the common good of us all NOT DIVIDE!

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Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):

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The fact that it took this long, and people had to resort to protesting and rioting in order to get some semblance of justice… is disgusting. It is the year 2020. We have to change as a human race. We need new leadership that will encourage and inspire unity and equality instead of division and violence. We as individuals need to practice kindness and love, not selfishness and hate. We are all living on this globe together. Treat others as you’d want to be treated and help where you can instead of hurt. And if you get your panties in a twist over the notion of LOVING ONE ANOTHER…then YOU are part of the problem. Let’s draw a hard line NOW! Out with the old dinosaur mentalities, and let’s start brand new, with new eyes to view the world as John Lennon imagined it. “Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one”

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Korn:

Green Day:

Black Veil Brides:

We Came As Romans:

Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Fever 333:

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Power Trip:

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DON’T. MESS. WITH. THE. HORNET’S. NEST.

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In):

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAvwkAvA2tO/

Circa Survive:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Alexis Mincolla (3TEETH):

Venom Prison:

UPDATE: Here’s some more posts:

Senses Fail:

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour):

Jay Weinberg (Slipknot):

Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):

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I was already upset watching #ahmausarbery being shot. Then watching the #georgefloyd video both gutted and enraged me to the point that it’s all I can think about. If you were unaffected by the video of the life leaving George’s face, there’s something wrong with you. After forty odd years of my life, I think things have actually gotten worse. If you don’t know, I am biracial. Growing up I experienced a great deal of racism. I watched my dad being racially profiled. Just two years ago I was racially profiled while on tour when two aggressive cops came to my hotel room because a front desk clerk told them a strange looking black woman with purple dreads seemed suspicious and must be a hooker. I don’t need sympathy for this…my point is that If someone that looks like me can be racially profiled so easily, imagine what black people go through on a daily basis and try to understand why there’s so much anger. It’s every dirty look, every “nigger” mumbled in their direction, every false accusation, every unwarranted pull over, all these videos of our brothers and sisters being murdered in cold blood building up to a boiling point. I heard someone say that these riots and protests are a public mourning. It gives me a little hope seeing so many different kinds of people mourning and protesting TOGETHER. THAT’S beautiful. The Looting on the other hand, makes me sick to my stomach. If you’re participating in that, you are an opportunist. A man died for that Louis Vuitton bag and those Nike shoes you just stole. You don’t give a shit about George. And maybe those big businesses can recover…but some small businesses that barely survived coronavirus definitely won’t survive being vandalized and looted now. Man, free stuff is cool but you know what’s cooler? Using this horrible incident to make an actual difference in your community. @miiabenante and I have been talking about this all week, and she asked me why these pissed off people can’t go to school to be lawyers or officers and make difference and I thought that was a pretty great idea 🙂 be safe. Love you all.

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Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy):

Ash Costello (New Years Day):

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA315lRFHae/?igshid=rwu1rbnmel7f

Arejay Hale (Halestorm):

In This Moment:

Rise Against:

Palaye Royale:

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Shares Two New The Way Back Within Tracks

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach has shared two new tracks, “Khoa Sok Gibbon Calls” and “From The East, Wind,” from his ambient project The Way Back Within. You can stream those below:

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

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach has shared a new track, titled “Afterglow,” from his ambient project The Way Back Within. The frontman commented:

“New meditative ambient project “The Way Back Within” is on my @bandcamp. High quality download available: thewaybackwithin.bandcamp.com or just simply search the name. The newest track is called “Afterglow”. It was inspired this morning after watching the stunning and film “Samsara.” Its a track I hope soothes, inspires and allows the listener to sit with in a certain feeling. I recorded it in about an hour or so as it was just flowing out of me. Peace friends thanks for listening and remember listen on your headphones for the best experience 🙏🏼 #Ambient #TheWayBackWithIn #MentalHealthMusic #Peace #Hope”