New York City better get ready, because a Massachusetts metal takeover is on the way.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have booked a series of intimate New York City shows leading up to the March 11 release of their new album, “Incarnate”. Spanning both Manhattan and Brooklyn, these five shows will all take place in venues the band has never played before.
To make these shows even more special, for each night of their New York City residency, the band will be debuting a different new song from “Incarnate” in the set. Fans in attendance will be the first to hear the song live.
The KsE x NYC dates are below.
March 06 – Gramercy Theatre (Manhattan)
March 07 – Bowery Ballroom (Manhattan)
March 09 – Saint Vitus (Brooklyn)
March 10 – Marlin Room at Webster Hall (Manhattan)
March 11 – Rough Trade NYC (Brooklyn)
A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will take place on Wednesday, January 20 from 2:00 p.m. until Thursday, January 21 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “KSE2016” to access tickets before the general public.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 22 at 10 a.m. local time.
Pre-orders for “Incarnate” will be available at iTunes and KillswitchEngage.com on January 29.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will embark on a North American headline tour shortly after the new album’s release. They will be joined by MEMPHIS MAY FIRE and 36 CRAZYFISTS for the trek, with an opening act to be named shortly. The tour runs from March 16 in San Antonio, Texas to April 24 near Charleston, South Carolina.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist and producer Adam Dutkiewicz recently told Revolver magazine that the band’s lead singer, Jesse Leach, “hit a wall with ideas” during the songwriting process for “Incarnate” after completing the first three or four songs in the studio. “He couldn’t find lyrics he was really stoked on,” Adam explained. “But Jesse’s a great lyricist and a great songwriter, so I just told him, ‘Keep writing, and when you hit on something that inspires you, bring it to me.'”
Leach, for his part, admitted that he struggled for a bit. “It did take me a little longer,” he said. “But we’re at this stage now with our band where we can’t be phoning it in. If you really care about your music and you care about your career and your fans, you’ve gotta give ‘em everything you’ve got. And so I came to a point where this album literally drove me crazy. My wife can attest to that. There were a good couple of weeks where I wasn’t myself. I just got lost in the process, because I wanted this record to be everything it could be. I was losing sleep, not sleeping at all, and waking up in the middle of the night and sitting down and writing pages and pages and pages of words. By the time all was said and done, I probably had 80 pages of lyrics. I just wanted to give it everything I could, vocally and lyrically.”
Songtitles set to appear on “Incarnate” include “It Falls On Me”, “Upraised”, “Until The Day I Die”, “The Burden And The Noose” and “Strength Of Mind”, the video for which can be seen below. The clip was filmed with the direction team of Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci (MESHUGGAH, FEAR FACTORY).
Leach told Revolver about the “Incarnate” 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.”