KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach says that writing the material for the band’s seventh studio album has been “one of the most challenging projects” in his career.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE is currently recording the follow-up to 2013’s “Disarm The Descent”, with guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz once again handling production duties.The CD, which is tentatively due in early 2016 via Roadrunner, will mark the group’s second release since Leach rejoined KILLSWITCH in 2012 following a split with the band’s previous frontman, Howard Jones.
In a brand new post on Instagram, Leach stated about the recording process for KILLSWITCH’s new album: “Sometimes the weight of the world bears down on me and rests on my shoulders.
“This album has been a real burden on my heart. I’ve rewritten songs 3-4 times over, I’ve lost sleep many nights and I have fought bouts of dark melancholy.
“To me, writing this record had been one of the most challenging projects for me in my career. At times, I will sit and stare at a blank page and have nothing, no words to describe what I am thinking and feeling.
“To me, expressing a true and honest depiction of myself and the world around me is beyond important in fact to me it is my life.
“As an artist, music is life; it is everything to me. I must attempt do it justice and give back at least a portion of what music has done for me. Music is there for me when no one else is and I owe it everything.
“This morning, as I sit here to write, I am overwhelmed trying to find words to express my anger for those in this world who use hatred and a self-righteous condescending judgment to control and suppress others.
“We are severely lacking love in this world and it makes me beyond frustrated.
“Who do we think we are? Why do we treat each other this way? I will never understand it.
“I will make it my life’s work to continue to stand in defiance and have my voice heard for compassion and love.
“‘Hatred is a weakness and you become the victim.’ ‘It takes so much more strength to be selfless and live in love.’ These are words I wrote and words I strive to live by.
“It is a radical notion to love others in this day an age of violence, war and greed.
“I hope my words resonate and make a difference for this world. It is all I’ve ever wanted for my music.”
“Disarm The Descent” sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2, 2013 via Roadrunner Records.
“Disarm The Descent” was KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’s first album with Leach at the vocal helm since 2002’s now-classic, genre-defining “Alive or Just Breathing”.
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