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JESSE LEACH On Upcoming KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Album: ‘None Of It is Gonna Be Phoned In’

JESSE LEACH On Upcoming KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Album: ‘None Of It is Gonna Be Phoned In’


In an interview with Rock Antenne carried out at this previous summer time’s Summer time Breeze competition in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and singer Jesse Leach spoke in regards to the progress of the songwriting periods for the band’s follow-up to 2019’s “Atonement” album. Adam mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “[It’s going] very gradual, however we’re taking our time with the demoing course of. We’re gonna begin recording proper after this tour, truly. So, I would love it to be carried out by the tip of the 12 months, however it’ll most probably be accomplished early subsequent 12 months. After which we have gotta look forward to the vinyl, and you understand how that works. And so it will in all probability be like mid-to-late subsequent 12 months. It takes that lengthy.”

Relating to what followers can anticipate from the following KILLSWITCH ENGAGE LP, Jesse mentioned: “I believe it appears like KILLSWITCH, however we’re actually pushing to do completely different lyrics, completely different themes, completely different sounds. None of it is gonna be phoned in. And that is why it is taken so lengthy — simply rewriting stuff and actually simply doing high quality management.”

Added Adam: “We made an effort to have everybody spend extra time collectively writing as a substitute of individually. As a result of we stay so removed from one another, it is exhausting for us to get collectively and jam. And we made an effort to all meet up and write music collectively this time. So there’s that too. So it is gonna really feel a bit of completely different, for certain. [It will be] extra collaborative.”

Final month, Dutkiewicz informed TotalRock‘s Neil Jones that KILLSWITCH ENGAGE was “nonetheless at demo levels” for the upcoming album, “however we’ve fairly a little bit of demos. And Jesse‘s been writing and rewriting and going again to the little chopping block. We determined to have everyone within the band turn into part of the lyric writing too. So Jesse will deliver concepts. We are saying, ‘We like this. We do not like this. That is the thought. Keep it up with that.'”

Requested how the method of constructing a KILLSWITCH ENGAGE has advanced through the years, Adam informed TotalRock: “Prior to now, I took lots of it on my shoulders, to deal with lots of the duties. However I believe the final document, specifically, everybody was simply — they felt like a bit indifferent virtually, as a result of I used to be doing virtually every thing by myself. And I believe they’re simply, like, ‘We do not even really feel like we made a document.’ In order that they wanna be extra of part of the manufacturing course of and the writing course of. So I’ve made certain to maintain everyone looped in and in the identical circle. Communication’s key to something.”

He continued: “I do my greatest to attempt to make one thing that we’re sort of happy with. So, on the finish of the day, it is as much as me to guarantee that everyone within the band is completely happy and we’re all moving into the identical route.”

As for the musical route of the brand new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE materials, Adam mentioned: “We’re nonetheless doing what we do. We’re simply making an attempt to push the boundaries and shake it up a bit of bit and make it not the identical factor we have been doing for 20-something years.”

In a separate interview with Ore Bihovsky of TotalRock‘s “Louder” radio present, Adam mentioned that he and his bandmates have been nonetheless “demoing” and “writing” materials for the following KILLSWITCH ENGAGE album. “We have been sort of busy with different aspect hustles and whatnot,” he mentioned. “However, yeah, [we’ve] simply been taking our time and eager to get Jesse in the best head area and get him snug. However we’re just about able to document now. We have simply gotta wedge a while in between reveals and excursions and issues occurring inside everyone’s lives.”

Requested if the challenges of staying productive through the coronavirus lockdown contributed to it taking this lengthy for KILLSWITCH ENGAGE to give you sufficient materials for a brand new LP, Adam mentioned: “Not essentially. I’ve obtained a bunch of stuff occurring. I have been writing a ton. But it surely was simply extra so pushing Jesse to get a bit of extra, I suppose simply to fluctuate it up a bit of bit extra and perhaps attempt to pull from different locations for inspiration and simply attempt to get some completely different lyrical content material.”

In August, Leach informed The Razor’s Edge that KILLSWITCH ENGAGE had 14 or 15 demos prepared for the following LP. However he added: “We’re gonna be tossing out, like, 4 or 5 of them already to redo some stuff and to rethink some stuff simply to guarantee that everyone within the band appears like we’re doing the most effective we will, and it does sound recent but acquainted. So it is a problem… You wanna please your followers, however you additionally wanna please your self as an artist and as a band. So we’re specializing in us first. After which my hope is that the followers will in flip be happy with what we’re doing as a result of we are placing the trouble in to make sure that it is one thing that is not only a remake of one thing we have carried out earlier than.”

Requested if Dutkiewicz will as soon as once more be accountable for the manufacturing of the band’s new LP, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE drummer Justin Foley informed Endlessly Loud: “Yeah. We’re fairly certain that we’re gonna do it with Adam and Adam‘s gonna be the producer. I imply, it simply is smart. He is aware of what we’re doing. We all know the way to work with him. Everyone knows the way to work with one another actual effectively, and he clearly will get the band and what we’re making an attempt to go for. So it simply makes an excessive amount of sense to not do.”

In July, Leach informed Oran O’Beirne of Bloodstock TV in regards to the band’s subsequent album: “I believe we made some headway. Positively some good concepts, some good demos. I am revisiting some concepts. We had an ideal little assembly the place all of us obtained collectively and listened and talked, which, to me, has been an ideal course of. And I believe it is gonna make this album loads completely different than what we have carried out previously, ‘trigger everybody kind of has their voice. We’re taking extra time with it. So, yeah, it’s taking a bit longer but it surely provides me hope that the tip outcome will probably be that a lot better as a result of it’s taking a bit of bit extra time to do it. However I am stoked, for certain. There’s some bangers on there already.”

Throughout the identical chat, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D’Antonio revealed that he wasn’t feeling very impressed within the early days of the coronavirus downtime. “Through the pandemic, for me, I sort of wasn’t capable of do a lot in any respect,” he mentioned. “You’d suppose that that may be the most effective writing course of, to be nervous about your future and undecided what’s gonna occur subsequent. However I used to be simply locked in some kind of a mode the place I could not even do graphic design; for about six to eight months, I did not do something. However I believe after that, it undoubtedly appeared to start out flowing. Particularly once we did the stay gig on the Palladium [in Worcester, Massachusetts], the livestream that we did [in August 2021], that sort of helped make the juices work a bit of bit extra. We realized lots of songs from ‘Atonement’ that we truly by no means performed stay collectively earlier than, in order that was an expertise. And I believe that is what sort of jarred us into, ‘Okay, let’s get this factor transferring once more.'”

In June, Leach informed Pete Bailey of Primordial Radio that the brand new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE album was “taking loads longer than, I believe, any of us anticipated, as a result of there’s lots of high quality management occurring. And ensuring that it is recent; we’re not repeating ourselves,” he defined. “In order that course of has been a little arduous however I believe vital as a result of we do not wanna put out one thing that individuals are gonna go, ‘Oh, yeah. One other KILLSWITCH document. No matter.'”

Relating to the place he and his KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are proper now with respect to the writing course of, Jesse mentioned: “We’re solidifying loads, however there’s nonetheless some back-and-forth and taking a look at components and rewriting the music. After which I am revisiting lots of the lyrics. I’ve truly rewritten a bunch of stuff. ‘Trigger all of us obtained collectively and had a gathering, and all of us simply sort of gave our enter on every thing, and I took notes. It is the primary time, actually, I believe we have carried out that. However, once more, I do consider that it’s a necessity at our stage in our profession to essentially simply sort of get all of our heads collectively to guarantee that this document is gonna be what all of us really feel is an efficient illustration of who we’re proper now.”

On the subject of the lyrical inspiration for the brand new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE materials, Jesse mentioned: “Initially, for me, I actually wished to place out one thing that was therapeutic, one thing that might assist folks cope. But it surely’s sort of became anger, it is sort of became frustration, it is sort of became seeing the higher deceptions of every thing that is occurring, the struggles of humanity. So I’ve sort of taken a flip for a bit of bit extra of a darker subject than I initially had hoped for, however I believe it’s a necessity. I believe as soon as I actually kind of dug into myself, I spotted that there was loads that I used to be not tapping in to. And after I obtained trustworthy with myself, I [said], ‘ what? There is loads to be pissed off about.’ And perhaps that is the route; perhaps that is the great therapeutic approach to take care of it. You do not all the time should sugarcoat issues and let folks know there’s gonna be hope. Possibly it is simply time to get your arms soiled and speak about a few of the harder-to-deal-with subjects, and that is sort of what I have been doing recently.”

“Atonement” was launched in August 2019 through Metallic Blade Data within the U.S. and Sony Music Leisure in the remainder of the world. The disc featured visitor appearances by former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Howard Jones and TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy. It marked the band’s third full-length launch for the reason that return of Leach, who rejoined the group in 2012.

In July 2021, Leach and Dutkiewicz launched the second album from their TIMES OF GRACE venture, “Songs Of Loss And Separation”, through the band’s personal imprint label, Depraved Good Data, distributed by ADA Worldwide.



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