"I'm stoked, for sure. There's some bangers on there already.”
We’re coming up to four years since the last Killswitch Engage album, Atonement, was released in August 2019.
Since the release of their #4 ARIA-charting eighth album, it’s been a bit quiet from the Killswitch Engage camp, but last June, the American metalcore legends shared Live At The Palladium after recording a 2021 live-streamed event.
Even with a live album (and a feature from vocalist Jesse Leach on August Burns Red’s new album) to tide us over, we’ve been waiting a while for new music. However, we may not have to wait for too much longer: Leach has given a status update about new music to Oran O'Beirne of Bloodstock TV, and it’s a positive one.
“I think we made some headway—definitely some good ideas, [and] some good demos. I'm revisiting some ideas,” Leach said, as transcribed by Blabbermouth. “We had a great little meeting where all of us got together and listened and talked, which, to me, has been a great process. And I think it's gonna make this album a lot different than what we've done in the past because everyone sort of has their voice.
“We're taking more time with it. So, yeah, it is taking a bit longer, but it gives me hope that the end result will be that much better because it is taking a little bit more time to do it. But I'm stoked, for sure. There's some bangers on there already.” Check out the interview below.
The new interview follows last month’s chat with Primordial Radio. Leach admitted that the new album is “taking a lot longer than, I think, any of us anticipated because there's a lot of quality control going on. And making sure that it's fresh; we're not repeating ourselves.
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“That process has been a little arduous, but I think necessary because we don't wanna put out something that people are gonna go, ‘Oh, yeah. Another Killswitch record. Whatever.’”
In October 2022, Leach joined forces with the punk band Anti-Flag for the essential single Modern Meta Medicine.
Modern Meta Medicine is a scathing call-to-arms surrounding the US healthcare system and big pharma and blends Anti-Flag's typically in-your-face punk styling with Leach's powerhouse vocal feature. You can check that out here.