Killswitch Engage – Adam Dutkiewicz [guitar], Joel Stroetzel [guitar], Mike D’Antonio [bass], Justin Foley [drums], and Jesse Leach [vocals] are celebrating 20 years as a band, and have shared an official timeline of the group. On Wednesday, June 3rd, began posting an array of pictures from their history to the band’s official Instagram feed: https://instagram.com/killswitchengage/. The band wiped its Instagram page clean and proceeded to share one image per year per day, starting with 1999 and going through 2019. It was a mere hint of what was to come. Continue reading
Machine Head have released ‘Civil Unrest’, a 2-song digital single, featuring A-side, ‘Stop The Bleeding’ and B-side, ‘Bulletproof’. ‘Stop The Bleeding’ features additional guest vocals from Killswitch Engage frontman, Jesse Leach. This pair of fierce protest anthems were both written days after the back-to-back murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. The video was directed and edited by Mike Sloat, shot on location on the streets of Oakland, CA, with Jesse’s part filmed in Kingston, NY with David Brodsky. Purchase the tracks below and watch the video now. Machine Head are donating a significant portion of their streaming proceeds from ‘Stop The Bleeding’ to https://www.grassrootslaw.org, the organization representing George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Continue reading
Jamey Jasta has shared a lyric video from his recent solo album, The Lost Chapters – Volume 2, which released in December. “Return From War” features metal legend Max Cavalera of Soulfly. Other guests who appear on the LP include Kirk Windstein (Crowbar), Howard Jones (Light The Torch), George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), Trivium’s Matthew K. Heafy and Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach. Watch the clip now!
As we previously reported Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed is dropping his new Jasta solo album, Jasta: The Lost Chapters Volume 2 next month, He just announced he is dropping two songs this week, on November 6th, ‘Strength To Draw The Line’ ft. Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) & ‘When The Contagion Is You’ ft. Matthew K. Heafy (Trivium). Details and the link to pre-save the tracks can be found below! Continue reading
Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed is releasing his long in the works solo project album Jasta: The Lost Chapters Volume 2 this fall. Jasta announced today that he is offering subscribers to his podcast, The Jasta Show, via Gas Digital a special offer to get early access to the two new singles and the album before the public can buy or stream it. The two singles are ‘Spilled Blood Never Dies’ ft Kirk Windstein of Crowbar, and ‘Silence the Enemy Mind’ with Billybio’s Billy Graziadei. The album features guest appearances from Max Cavalera, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, Jesse Leach, Windstein, Howard Jones, Matthew K Heafy, Zoli Teglas, Billy Bio, Phil Rind, Tommy Victor, Joey Concepcion and Frankie Palmieri, as well as his backing band consisting of Charley and Nicky Bellmore (Dee Snider). Jasta will likely not tour behind this album right away since his focus for 2020 will be recording the new Hatebreed album. Jasta’s podcast airs two episodes weekly (Tuesday and Friday) in an interview format, often featuring hour-long, in-depth chats with legends. He is nearing 500 episodes, with the current edition #489, with Amigo The Devil, just aired.
As teased over the weekend, Killswitch Engage has shared the video for their highly anticipated single, ‘The Signal Fire’. The track features a duet between lead singer Jesse Leach and former KsE singer Howard Jones of Light The Torch, Watch the video, directed by the band’s longtime collaborator Ian McFarland (The Godfathers of Hardcore, Meshuggah): Continue reading
Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach has a hectic schedule. He is winding down Killswitch’s tour with Clutch (coverage soon at Ghost Cult), and the bands’ new album Atonement (Metal Blade) is just weeks away now. Leach just updated fans on two of his other bands, Times of Grace, and The Weapon. Times of Grace features his KsE partner Adam D. and released the incredible debut The Hymn of A Broken Man (Roadrunner Records) in 2011. The band was integral to getting Jesse back into KsE a short time later. The Weapon is a NYHC-inspired band with also features former Thy Will Be Done guitarist Chris Drapeau and has a two-song EP out from 2018. Leach shared in two posts on his Instagram (which you should all follow) that ToG has a new full-length album almost done, and The Weapon is also about to hit the studio this week and finish up their debut full length! Fresh! Continue reading
One day after letting the world that he was seeking help dealing with mental health issues stemming from a personal crisis, Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage returned Instagram to let fans and friends know he appreciated their support. Leach has been struggling of late and opened up about the need “to get help” for his issues. He also said will not miss any KsE shows while he takes care of himself since “music is his therapy”. For those that don’t know or have never met him, Leach is one of the good guys in the music business and his personal cause has to help fans and friends overcome mental health issues. You can read his words below. If you or anyone you know is suffering and thinks there is no way out, you are not alone. You matter and you are loved. For resources and help, please visit this link. Continue reading
In a post to Instagram, Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach says that he needs “to get help” after recently informing fans that he and his wife Melissa have decided to go separate ways, after 16 years of marriage. Leach has relocated to upstate New York and had posted to his new account, with posts indicating he was hitting reset on his life in many ways. Leach let his followers know that he will be back, he would be seeking treatment so that he can avoid becoming “another statistic of suicide.“. Leach has long been an advocate of mental health care, awareness and suicide prevention and has been open about his past struggles with depression. No word yet on how this affects the newly completed KsE album, due out in 2019 from Metal Blade Records. What matters is Jesse and his health and happiness. We wish Jesse the peace, love and the best way forward for his life. You can read the post below. If you or anyone you know is suffering and thinks there is no way out, you are not alone. You matter and you are loved. For resources and help, please visit this link.
As teased by Jesse Leach, Howard Jones (Light The Torch) again joined Killswitch Engage on stage in London to perform the bands signature song, ‘The End Of Heartache’. KsE is on tour in Europe, opening for Iron Maiden. Watch it now! Continue reading