It’s fascinating to see what a side project allows members to express that they couldn’t in their primary outfit. Doubly so in the case of Times of Grace: Jesse Leach and Adam Dutkiewicz already have a flexible outlet in Killswitch Engage. Leach had not yet rejoined the band in 2011 when the collaborators’ debut arrived; 10 years later Songs of Loss and Separation shows that outside of the NWOAHM influences that have marked Killswitch’s style for over 20 years there’s a lot of darkness still to mine, and the opportunity to play in a more melodic, heartfelt space really differentiates this from the pair’s other outlet. It also makes for a stronger, more impactful offering that’s been sticking in my head since first playing the record.Continue reading
“I want to burn down Wall Street, baby, and fan the flames of discontent like Hades.”
- Let’s start with Convulse, who have resurfaced with a new song and album announcement. Deathstar will be out on October 30th through Transcending Records, and you can check out a new track titled “The Summoning” right now.
- Machine Head have dropped a new 2-track single called Civil Unrest. “Stop The Bleeding” includes a pretty dope guest appearance from Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage.
- We should all be aware of how hard the music industry, including the local venues we love, has been hit. Over in Germany, the government is contributing €150 million to the live music industry to help keep the culture running.
- Ensiferum dropped a new single (and video) today called “Andromeda”. You can watch it immediately below. Also, just a reminder that Thalassic drops July 10th through Metal Blade Records.
Ein Bier… bitte.”
Killswitch Engage has had a bit of momentum recently. Successful shows, upcoming festival appearances, and the March 11th release date of Incarnate are all paving the way for what could be a big year for the metalcore veterans. Focusing in on the aforementioned upcoming album, Killswitch had already released a video for “Hate By Design”, which certainly sounds like classic Killswitch — melodic with an ample amount of aggression. This time, with “Cut Me Loose”, we go in a different direction; one that explores internal struggle and depression. Continue reading