Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have set “Incarnate” as the title of their seventh album, tentatively due out in March on Roadrunner Records.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman Jesse Leach told Revolver about the band’s new CD title: “The definition of incarnate is ‘in the flesh.’ 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.”
“Incarnate” will incude the song “Strength Of The Mind”, for which KILLSWITCH ENGAGE recently filmed a video with the direction team of Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci (MESHUGGAH, FEAR FACTORY).
“The video visually captures a bit of the anxiety and chaos that the song touches on lyrically,” said Leach. “It is almost a bit surreal and dream-like with the camera effects, called ‘whacking.'”
He continued: “It is always a pleasure to work with McFarland and Pecci, as they are both artists who give it their all with no shortcuts. Watching Mike work the camera live, while Ian paces around and directs, is a very involving and creatively satisfying experience.”
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE drummer Justin Foley recently told Louder Noise that the band’s follow-up to “Disarm The Descent” will “definitely [be] a little different record than last time. Last time, it was really, really fast the whole way through. This one doesn’t have quite the same speed to it, but has a different kind of heaviness to it, I think — a little bit of moodiness to it. I don’t really know how to describe it yet.”
He also talked about “Strength Of The Mind”, which the band has been performing live. He said: “I think that one is a good representation of stuff that we do. But I also think it’s a song that would sound good live. It’s a song that wasn’t crazy, crazy fast, it wasn’t crazy different from any of our stuff, so I think it was a good song to kind of ease into new material. I think live, it was the kind of thing that we could get it to sound tight fairly quickly, which is helpful, ‘cause we didn’t have a whole lot of time to get it ready for [the last] tour. So that kind of helped us influence picking that song.”
“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 Jesse Leach at the vocal helm since 2002’s now-classic, genre-defining “Alive or Just Breathing”.
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