Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach Shares Demo Of New Electronic Track That He Worked On With His Girlfriend

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach has shared a demo of a new electronic track titled “Luminescent Dreams.” The song is collaboration between the singer and his girlfriend.

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The song is in demo form but my beautiful and talented girlfriend is not! 😝 We did this song together called “Luminescent Dreams.” She is a multitalented performer and artist as well as a brilliant poet and writer. Give her a follow @purplespolepoetry ・・・ Repost from @porphyraphilia “So many of you have been asking me when you'd hear Jesse and I sing together well…I'm happy to announce that it has finally happened! @jesse_d_leach and I have been talking about making dubstep/EDM/industrial music since we first met. It feels so good to finally say that we’ve created our first song together and paired it up with this dope dance video by @warren_archer filmed at @elementsfestival_ 🔥 I did this performance with a separated shoulder. AC joint was totally messed up. If you look closely when I do the handstand on the pole, you can see how swollen it is on the left side. After this gig, I had to take it easy for several months before returning back to my usual crazy self. Looking back now- I don't know how I was able to pull all this off with such a bad injury, but I do remember how determined and passionate I am about what I do (under any circumstance). I wasnt going to give up. I love hearing both of our voices match up with one another and I’m so damn proud of what we have created. Thank you for being my muse, my best friend, and the love of my life @thewaybackwithin. 💜 We haven’t figured out a DJ name yet but we are open to suggestions if anyone has any. Please keep in mind that we did this song with zero equipment and it's just a demo at the moment. Thank you to all who listen and appreciate our art. This song is just a teaser and a taste of what we will be creating. More to come in the near future. Dig it🤘 DM me for bookings !!! Accepting dance gigs in the NYC and upstate area, but also willing to travel outside of the East coast if necessary. MY NEXT PERFORMANCE WILL BE IN STATEN ISLAND FEB 8TH WITH @jesse_d_leach DJing FOR @pinupsforpitbullsinc at @bootlegmannings Doors at 6pm.

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Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Etc. Added To UK Download Festival

Over 40 more bands have been added to the UK Download Festival. That event will take place at Donington Park on June 12-14 and the updated daily stage lineups can be found below.

June 12:

Main Stage:

KISS
Deftones
Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes
Black Veil Brides
Motionless In White
Theory Of A Deadman
Wayward Sons

Second Stage:

The Offspring
The Distillers
Airbourne
Lacuna Coil
Amaranthe
Hatari
The Glorious Sons

The Avalanche Stage:

The Menzingers
PUP
Tiny Moving Parts
Sleep Token
Gender Roles
Press Club
Wargasm

The Dogtooth Stage:

Electric Wizard
Blues Pills
British Lion
Will Haven
Bokassa
Tempt
Cellar Door Moon Crow
JJ Wilde

June 13:

Main Stage:

Iron Maiden
Alter Bridge
Gojira
The Pretty Reckless
The Raven Age

Second Stage:

Killswitch Engage
Mastodon
Daughtry
3 Doors Down
Bush
The Wildhearts
Stone Broken

The Avalanche Stage:

Funeral For A Friend
Employed To Serve
Holding Absence
Loathe
Puppy
Sullii
Blackout Problems

The Dogtooth Stage:

Sepultura
Obituary
Dying Fetus
Chelsea Grin
Fire From The Gods
Bleed From Within
Higher Power
Lotus Eater
Dead Label
Uncured

June 14:

Main Stage:

System Of A Down
Korn
Volbeat
BABYMETAL
Alestorm
Powerwolf
Thy Art Is Murder
Wage War

Second Stage:

Disturbed
The Darkness
Skillet
Baroness
Of Mice & Men
P.O.D.
Wednesday 13
The Laste Internationale

The Avalanche Stage:

Bowling For Soup
Lit
The Skints
Marianas Trench
Milk Teeth
The Hara
Cemetery Sun
Dead Posey

The Dogtooth Stage:

Periphery
Northlane
Haken
Polyphia
Twin Temple
SHVPES
Kill The Lights
Heavy Lungs
Modern Error
Renounced

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) On The Weapon’s Upcoming Album: “It’s Fast, Angry, Raw, Passionate And Full Of Protest Hymns”

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) recently took to social media to talk about the upcoming album from his hardcore punk project The Weapon. According to him, the record is “fast, angry, raw, passionate and full of protest hymns.”

Leach said the following:

“Some seriously great people right here @theweaponnyc and killer musicians on top of it! We had a lot of fun making a punk rock record. I am very pleased and stoked on it! It’s fast, angry, raw, passionate and full of protest hymns. I did the majority of the vocals in 3 straight takes very little fixes, so it’s imperfect and raw like a deep cut with gasoline poured over it.

In truth It’s the record I’ve wanted to make for many many years but couldn’t find the right people, the proper motivation and the right timing to actually do it. Well it’s now done and we jammed on it along side a few classic punk rock covers tonight. We hope to be playing some shows around the NYC area this year in between @killswitchengage tours and the chaos of all of our lives!

Thank you @the_josh @christopherdrapeau and @darkcitystudios for your friendship, music, patience, great conversations and for being rad humans. It’s liberating to be able to speak (well hell and scream actually) much more deeply on my view of this sick and twisted world of corruption and greed. These are our rebel anthems and we will use them to raise awareness as well as raise funds to support various organizations we believe in!

Don’t just yell about it BE about it! Smash the system by bettering it through daily actions and choices. Every seemingly small action causes a reaction of the likes of which we can not predict. .
Every explosion starts with a spark…… .
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥💀🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
#TheWeaponNYC #PunkRock #RebelMusic #MusicIsAWeapon #ProtestSongs #JesseLeach”

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Some seriously great people right here @theweaponnyc and killer musicians on top of it! We had a lot of fun making a punk rock record. I am very pleased and stoked on it! It’s fast, angry, raw, passionate and full of protest hymns. I did the majority of the vocals in 3 straight takes very little fixes, so it’s imperfect and raw like a deep cut with gasoline poured over it. In truth It’s the record I’ve wanted to make for many many years but couldn’t find the right people, the proper motivation and the right timing to actually do it. Well it’s now done and we jammed on it along side a few classic punk rock covers tonight. We hope to be playing some shows around the NYC area this year in between @killswitchengage tours and the chaos of all of our lives! Thank you @the_josh @christopherdrapeau and @darkcitystudios for your friendship, music, patience, great conversations and for being rad humans. It’s liberating to be able to speak (well hell and scream actually) much more deeply on my view of this sick and twisted world of corruption and greed. These are our rebel anthems and we will use them to raise awareness as well as raise funds to support various organizations we believe in! Don’t just yell about it BE about it! Smash the system by bettering it through daily actions and choices. Every seemingly small action causes a reaction of the likes of which we can not predict. . Every explosion starts with a spark…… . 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥💀🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 #TheWeaponNYC #PunkRock #RebelMusic #MusicIsAWeapon #ProtestSongs #JesseLeach #PunkRockMetalHead #Hardcore #anarcopunk

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The Weapon (Killswitch Engage) Tease New Song

The Weapon, the hardcore punk project featuring Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach, have posted a teaser for a new song. You can check that out below:

Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton To Release New EP “Ether”

Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton has revealed that he will be releasing a new mostly acoustic EP, titled “Ether,” next month. The effort will feature a number of special guests and the cover art and track listing can be found below:

“Ether” Track Listing:

01. “All I Had To Lose” (feat. Sons Of Texas’ Mark Morales)
02. “The Fight” (feat. Moon Tooth’s John Carbone)
03. “She Talks To Angels” (feat. Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale) (The Black Crowes cover)
04. “Love My Enemy” (feat. Light The Torch’s Howard Jones)
05. “Black” (feat. Sons Of Texas’ Mark Morales) (Pearl Jam cover)

Morton commented:

“I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my new, five song EP, ‘Ether,’ on Rise Records! Once again, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with some amazingly talented artists and friends to assemble this collection of tunes, all of which feature a strong acoustic guitar component.

Inspired by the acoustic sets I had the opportunity to perform last spring and summer in support of ‘Anesthetic,’ I began writing some new songs to reflect that more mellow vibe. I’m stoked with the results and I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been putting together. I’ll be debuting these tunes on my upcoming U.K. acoustic tour, so you can hear them live before they’re released anywhere else!

I continue to be honored to have the chance to work with so many incredibly talented people and I remain beyond grateful to the fans that have come along with me and supported these projects. Thanks so much everyone!”

Metal Anarchy’s Top Albums Of 2019

I have put together a list of my top 15 albums of 2019. You can check that out below. This is just for fun and I know I probably left out some of your favorites, but these are all the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:

15. Abigail Williams – “Walk Beyond The Dark”:

Abigail Williams’ latest album is a solid display of atmospheric black metal. The band were able to capture the various elements from their past work and fuse them together to create a record that showcases their most dynamic music to date. Some highlights from this one include “Black Waves,” “The Final Failure,” and “I Will Depart.”

14. Fever 333 – “Strength In Numb333rs”:

Fever 333’s debut album seeks to highlight the injustices within modern society through a powerful mix of rock, metal, and hip-hop. The band are on a mission to make a difference in the world and this record serves as their call to action. Some highlights from this one include “Burn It,” “Animal,” and “One Of Us.”

13. Bring Me The Horizon – “Amo”:

Bring Me The Horizon’s latest album is a pop leaning record that left many fans divided. That being said, if you listen to it with an open mind you will find a record full of great tracks from a band that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of what is seen as acceptable in the rock/metal world. Some highlights from this one include: “Wonderful Life” (feat. Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth), “Sugar Honey Ice & Tea,” and “Heavy Metal” (feat. Rahzel).

12. Awake At Last – “The Change”:

Awake At Last’s latest album takes hard rock and mixes it with catchy pop-like elements. It also contains positive lyrics that inspire feelings of hope and encouragement. Some higlights from this one include the title track, which features Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills), “Dead Generation,” and “Fallen Stars.”

11. Venom Prison – “Samsara”

Venom Prison’s latest album only further proves the fact that the band are a force to be reckoned with in the metal world. It is uncompromising, relentless death metal that deals with heavy subjects such as social injustice, depression, and corruption. Some highlights from this one include “Uterine Industrialisation,” “Self Inflicted Violence,” and “Asura’s Realm.”

10. The Agonist – “Orphans”

The Agonist pulled no punches with their latest album. The effort combines heavy and melodic music with powerful vocals to create the band’s finest material to date. Some highlights from this one include “In Vertigo,” “Blood As My Guide,” and “The Gift Of Silence.”

09. Killswitch Engage – “Atonement”:

Killswitch Engage’s latest album contains some of the band’s strongest material since Jesse Leach returned in 2012. The effort is brutal, melodic, and filled with a sense of passion from a band that is firing on all cylinders. Some highlights from this one include “The Signal Fire” (feat. Howard Jones), “I Am Broken Too,” and “The Crownless King” (feat. Testament’s Chuck Billy).

08. Papa Roach -“Who Do You Trust?”:

Papa Roach have been killing it with their last few releases and “Who Do You Trust?” is no exception. The eclectic album combines elements of rock, pop, and alternative to create catchy songs that you can’t help but listening to over and over again. Some highlights from this one include “Not The Only One,” “Elevate,” and the title track.

07. Korn – “The Nothing”:

Korn’s latest album is one of the band’s best. It is a heavy record brimming with raw emotion that takes fans through the grieving process as Jonathan Davis mourns the death of his wife. The effort lives in darkness and pain, but this openness provides the listener with an authentic experience. Some highlights from this one include “Cold,” “Idiosyncrasy,” and “H@rd3r.”

06. Motionless In White – “Disguise”

Motionless In White’s latest album is another banger that you can’t help but blast through your speakers. The effort combines elements of goth, industrial, metalcore, and electronic music to create anthemic tracks that will probably stay in the band’s live set for years to come. Some highlights from this one include “Brand New Numb,” “Thoughts & Prayers” and “Broadcasting From Beyond the Grave: Death Inc.”

05. Jinjer – “Macro”:

Jinjer followed up their excellent “Micro” EP with a full-length record that continued to showcase the band’s brilliance. “Macro” is a diverse, djenty record full of hard-hitting tracks with incredible vocals and lyrics. Some highlights from this one include “Judgement (& Punishment),” “Pit Of Consciousness,” and “The Prophecy.”

04. New Years Day – “Unbreakable”:

New Years Day’s latest release is one of the band’s best. It is an infectious, pop infused, hard rock album that seeks to empower fans through deeply personal lyrics. Some highlights from this one include “Come For Me,” “Done With You,” and “I Survived.”

03. Volbeat – “Rewind, Replay, Rebound”:

Volbeat have a knack for creating extremely catchy rock tracks and this record is no exception. It is a fun album full of hooky riffing that just makes you want to boogie. Some highlights from this one include “Pelvis On Fire,” “Die To Live” (feat. Clutch’s Neil Fallon), and “Cheapside Sloggers” (feat. Exodus’ Gary Holt).

02. Tool – “Fear Inoculum”:

It took 13 years to get a new album from Tool, but it was worth the wait if you are willing to spend time with it. Those that listen to it from beginning to end with no interruptions are taken on what can only be described as a transcendental journey through a passage of mesmerizing music. Some highlights from this one include “7empest,” “Pneuma,” and “Descending.”

01. Slipknot – “We Are Not Your Kind”:

Slipknot’s latest album only further cements the fact that they are one of the strongest acts within the metal genre. The effort has everything, aggression, melody, and experimentation all through a deeply emotional lens that offers a sense of catharsis. Some highlights from this one include “Unsainted,” “Solway Firth,” and “Orphan.”

Light The Torch Added To Killswitch Engage & August Burns Red’s North American Tour

Light The Torch, who notably feature former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones, have been added to Killswitch Engage’s spring tour with August Burns Red. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

03/10 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
03/11 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
03/13 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
03/14 Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
03/15 Raleigh, NC – Ritz
03/17 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
03/18 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
03/20 Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom
03/21 Houston, TX – House of Blues
03/23 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
03/24 Los Angeles – The Wiltern
03/25 Riverside, CA – Municipal Auditorium
03/26 San Francisco, CA – Warfield
03/28 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
03/29 Boise, ID – Revolution
03/31 Salt Lake City, UT – Complex
04/01 Denver, CO – Fillmore
04/03 Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore
04/04 Chicago, IL – Radius
04/05 Detroit, MI – Fillmore
04/06 Toronto, ON – Rebel
04/08 Montreal, QC – MTelus
04/10 Portland, ME – State Theatre
04/11 New York, NY – Terminal 5
04/12 Boston, MA – House of Blues