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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Vocalist Says Lyrics For New Album Come From A "Dark, Angry Place"

Posted by on February 4, 2019 at 1:21 pm

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Killswitch Engage recently wrapped up recording their new record, which interestingly enough will also feature their ex-vocalist Howard Jones. The band's record was originally supposed to be out in 2018 but due to vocalist Jesse Leach's vocal cord surgery, things had to get pushed back a little bit.

Leach elaborated to Metal Hammer about the lyrics for the new album. Leach says they're coming from a "dark, angry place" and are very much a reaction to the modern world. He also says that yes, they do get political, but from a storytelling perspective that isn't exactly beating you over the head with Leach's political views.

“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.”

Leach adds that the new album will be their main focus after their makeup dates.

“Good – we’re pretty much wrapped up with the record, just got some fixes to do. We’re making up for the tour we cancelled [in the States last April/May] from when I had my vocal surgery [to remove polyps on the vocal cords], and then the album is the big thing.”

New Killswitch Engage. It's comin'.

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