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Jesse Leach Says Lyrics For New Killswitch Engage Album Came From A “Dark, Angry Place”


Speaking in the February 2019 issue of Metal Hammer, Killswitch Engage, etc. vocalist Jesse Leach discussed the band’s forthcoming new album and the lyrical themes that will be tackled on it. The record has been a troublesome one for Leach, who had to cut his studio sessions for it short last year after having to undergo surgery to fix a polyp on his vocal cords.

Leach also recently sought out professional help to help him through his divorce from his wife of over sixteen years. Having long championed mental health awareness, Leach was asked if that topic will crop up in the lyrics, he replied:

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“Going forward, I’m going to be doing a lot of promotion to raise mental health awareness. It’s something that’s very near and dear to my heart, so I’ll be doing as much as I can to advocate for that and use my soapbox to speak out and keep that conversation in the forefront.”

When asked what else the songs would focus on, he offered:

“It’s definitely some reaction to the state of the world, to the state of our country and what’s being going on here. There’s some angry, political stuff, but written in such a way that it’s not going to overwhelm the listener. It’s written poetically; I’m being ambiguous with it, because I’d rather it read like a story than a direct statement. There’s a lot of heavy themes lyrically – I’d even go so far as to say it’s probably the most difficult record I’ve had to write, because it comes from such a dark, angry place.”

More on that from Leach as well as the band’s former vocalist Howard Jones making a cameo on this forthcoming record and touring plans can be found over at Metal Hammer. A title and release date for the album have yet to be released though it will be the band’s first through their latest label home of Metal Blade.

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