Killswitch Engage “strikes back” with the new Star Wars themed Revolver Magazine cover. The band has been discussing their new album in the works set to release Spring 2016, the return of Jesse Leach, and what else the band has in store for the 2016 year. The band has also recently revealed their new music video “Strength of the Mind” (posted below) which has been receiving rave reviews since its premiere.
You can read an excerpt from the cover story below!
who I was. I didn’t have confidence in myself as a person and as a singer,” says
Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach about his departure from the band over
10 years ago.
I didn’t have before. I’m willing to grow. I think back when I was younger, I
had this punk rock guilt about me, where I thought I knew what I had to do and
I didn’t want to take lessons from anybody.”
Massachusetts-based act back in the late ’90s, and appeared on their first two
albums, 2000’s self-titled debut and 2002’s classic ‘Alive or Just Breathing.’
But just as Killswitch were picking up steam and leading the charge for what
would eventually be a flood of 21st century metalcore acts, the vocalist,
plagued by bouts of crippling depression that were exacerbated by long
stretches of being on the road, abruptly quit the group.
replacement singer Howard Jones at the helm—until he split as well, citing, among
other things, his own battles with anxiety and depression, as well as
complications from a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. And while Leach’s 2012
re-entry was cautious at first, coming back “has been better than I ever
thought it could be. It feels really good.”
seventh album, ‘Incarnate.’ “The definition of incarnate is ‘in the flesh,’”
Leach explains. “And this record is who we are right now. Whereas [2013’s]
‘Disarm the Descent’ was sort of my ‘comeback’ album, and was about us feeling
out the new vibe. But now, after spending a few years traveling the world
together, I think we’re all in a really comfortable place. We definitely have a
strong sense of self as to who we are as a band.”
Engage itself) likely came in handy, in a much different way, when the members
gathered in New York City to shoot the cover for this issue of Revolver—with
each of them dressed as a different ‘Star Wars’ character. “We’re all huge
‘Star Wars’ nerds, so it was awesome,” Leach says, recalling the shoot.
because he’s the most serious one, and that’s kind of how I am in the band,”
Leach says. “Mikey [bassist Mike D’Antonio] was Darth Vader, Justin [Foley,
drummer] was Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Joel [Stroetzel, guitarist] was Chewbacca. And
of course, Adam [Dutkiewicz, guitarist/producer] was Princess Leia—everyone
knew that was gonna happen!”
front of thousands of rabid metal fans wearing everything from daisy dukes to a
ballerina’s tutu—would step up to the plate at the shoot. “I just went with the
traditional white dress,” Dutkiewicz says of his fashion choice.
varied career that he would consider a misstep similar to, say, the
introduction of Jar Jar Binks (undoubtedly the franchise’s most universally
reviled character in ‘Episode I: The Phantom Menace’), Dutkiewicz lets out a
laugh. “Oh man! There’s a few, I think! We’ve definitely had our ‘Phantom
Menace’ moments. Not every record can be ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ you know
what I’m saying?”
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