Gojira, Underoath, Etc. Added To 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival

More bands have been added to the 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival. The event is set to take place at the Blue Ridge Amphitheater in Danville, VA on September 9-12 and the updated lineup includes: Five Finger Death Punch, Limp Bizkit, Gojira, Skillet, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Falling In Reverse, Underoath, Rev Run (Run-DMC), Body Count, P.O.D. (performing “Satellite“), Beartooth, Badflower, Motionless In White, Sevendust, Avatar, August Burns Red, Fever 333, Wage War, Knocked Loose, Corrosion Of Conformity, From Ashes To New, Fit For A King, Fozzy, Drowning Pool, Escape The Fate, Light The Torch, Nonpoint, Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Fire From The Gods, Texas Hippie Coalition, Slaves, Saul, Another Day Dawns, and Stitched Up Heart. Steve-O (“Jackass”) has since been added as a guest host as well.

P.O.D., Corrosion Of Conformity, Beartooth, Etc. Added To 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival

Corrosion Of Conformity, Slaves, Beartooth, Drowning Pool, P.O.D. (performing “Satellite” in its entirety), and Fit For A King have been added to this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival. That event is set to take place at the Blue Ridge Amphitheater in Danville, VA on September 9-12. Previously announced acts include: Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Knocked Loose, Body Count, Wage War, Motionless In White, From Ashes To New, Fire From The Gods, Another Day Dawns, Nonpoint, Sevendust, and Fozzy.

Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Knocked Loose, Etc. Added To 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival

More artists have been added to this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival. The event is scheduled to take place at the Blue Ridge Amphitheater in Danville, VA on September 9-12 and the updated lineup includes: Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Knocked Loose, Body Count, Wage War, Motionless In White, From Ashes To New, Fire From The Gods, Another Day Dawns, Nonpoint, Sevendust, and Fozzy.

Terror & Light The Torch Added To 2021 Furnace Fest

Terror and Light The Torch have been added to the 2021 Furnace Fest. The event is scheduled to take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 24-26 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

September 24: Underoath, Astronoid, Cave In, Converge, Defeater, Eighteen Visions, Emery, END, Every Time I Die, Few Left Standing, From Autumn To Ashes, Gideon, Glasseater, Haste, Luxury, MR. ENC, Narcissus, Open Hand, Reclaim The Empyre, Rivals, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Stavesacre, Terminal, Terror, Thursday, Unwed Sailor, With Honor, and Zao.

September 25: Taking Back Sunday, All Get Out, Anberlin, The Appleseed Cast, The Beautiful Mistake, Beloved, Better Off, The Bled, Bloodjinn, Cartel, Codeseven, The Darling Fire, Evergreen Terrace, Forever Starts Today, Further Seems Forever, He Is Legend, Hopesfall, Life In Your Way, Living Sacrifice, Mae, Mayday Parade, Mineral, Misery Signals, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Shai Hulud, Stretch Arm Strong, and Touché Amoré.

September 26: Killswitch Engage, ’68, Andrew W.K., As Friends Rust, August Burns Red, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Be Well, Boysetsfire, The Casket Lottery, Comeback Kid, Counterparts, Darkest Hour, ERRA, Face To Face, Fit For A King, The Get Up Kids, Hatebreed, Holy + Gold, Hot Water Music, The Judas Cradle, The Juliana Theory, Knocked Loose, Light The Torch, Love Is Red, Meadows, MewithoutYou, Piebald, Showbread, Turnstile, and Unearth.

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]

Killswitch Engage, Underoath, Taking Back Sunday, Etc. Set For 2021 Furnace Fest

The lineup has been revealed for the rescheduled Furnace Fest. The event, which is now scheduled to take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 24-26, will feature the following:

September 24: Underoath, Astronoid, Cave In, Converge, Defeater, Eighteen Visions, Emery, END, ERRA, Every Time I Die, Few Left Standing, From Autumn To Ashes, Gideon, Glasseater, Haste, Luxury, MR. ENC, Narcissus, Open Hand, Reclaim The Empyre, Rivals, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Stavesacre, Terminal, Thursday, Unwed Sailor, With Honor, and Zao.

September 25: Taking Back Sunday, All Get Out, Anberlin, The Appleseed Cast, The Beautiful Mistake, Beloved, Better Off, The Bled, Bloodjinn, Cartel, Codeseven, The Darling Fire, Evergreen Terrace, Forever Starts Today, Further Seems Forever, He Is Legend, Hopesfall, Life In Your Way, Living Sacrifice, Mae, Mayday Parade, Mineral, Misery Signals, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Shai Hulud, Stretch Arm Strong, Touché Amoré, and Turnstile.

September 26: Killswitch Engage, ’68, Andrew W.K., As Friends Rust, August Burns Red, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Be Well, Boysetsfire, The Casket Lottery, Comeback Kid, Counterparts, Darkest Hour, Face To Face, Fit For A King, The Get Up Kids, Hatebreed, Holy + Gold, Hot Water Music, The Judas Cradle, The Juliana Theory, Knocked Loose, Love Is Red, Meadows, MewithoutYou, Piebald, Showbread, and Unearth.

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…”

Watch Howard Jones (Light The Torch, Ex-Killswitch Engage) Sing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”

Howard Jones (Light The Torch, ex-Killswitch Engage) recently performed a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” during an appearance on “The Oyster” podcast. You can see footage of that below: