May 062017

Chef Brian Tsao, known for his stint on Food Network‘s “Beat Bobby Flay” and “Chopped”, as well as his heavy metal persona on the web series “Taste Of Metal”, is hosting “Small Bites Of Hope”, a pop-up culinary event benefiting the non-profit organization Hope For The Day.

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness month in May, Tsao will team up Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach to host a unique event that raises awareness for mental health advocacy and suicide prevention.

The event will offer exquisite catering from Tsao, signature cocktails from Black Craft, craft beer from Six Point Brewery, dessert from Snow Days, and much more!

Proceeds will benefit Hope For The Day, a non-profit organization that achieves proactive suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through self-expression platforms. Continue reading »

Feb 292016

JesseLeachKillswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach recently spoke to Artisan News about the band’s seventh album, “Incarnate”, which will be released on March 11 via Roadrunner. You can watch the footage below.

On the topic of the lyrical inspiration for “Incarnate”, Leach said: “I wanted to be able to speak on current events — stuff that is relevant to us today, stuff that’s in the headlines — but I wanted to do it in such a way where it’s ambiguous enough where people can sort of draw their own conclusion. I just wanted to strike people to think. So that’s one aspect of it. And the other aspect of it is speaking about my truths, like what I think. And I’d sort of separated myself from all that stuff — social media and the news and all the violence and racism that’s going on in our media these days; I just couldn’t deal with it. So in order for me to make a valid point that said something, I had to submerge myself into that stuff and really start paying attention to what’s going on. And songs like ‘Hate By Design’, ‘Alone I Stand’, ‘The Great Deceit’ came out of those processes in writing. And the other side of it was the spiritual realm, the soul-searching stuff. I really had to re-evaluate myself, as far as where I am in my own mind, so I had to seclude myself. So it was a balance between submerging myself in all the terrible things that are going on and then distancing myself and finding solace and really doing some soul searching on my own, and both of those things happened while writing this record.” Continue reading »

Jan 052016

Killswitch Engage (2015)Killswitch Engage guitarist and producer Adam Dutkiewicz told Revolver magazine that the band’s lead singer, Jesse Leach, “hit a wall with ideas” during the songwriting process for Killswitch‘s forthcoming album, “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.” Continue reading »

Nov 062015

Killswitch2013Massachusetts metallers Killswitch Engage are tentatively scheduled to release their new album in March via Roadrunner. The follow-up to 2013’s “Disarm The Descent” is currently being mixed by Killswitch guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who also produced the new effort.

Said Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach in an Instagram post: “It is slowly starting to hit me that the record of my entire career is finished and soon to be revealed to the world. What a beautiful mix of anticipation, gratitude, vulnerability, joy and catharsis.

“I seriously cherish these days living inside a childhood dream and watching it become my reality daily. I have to remind myself that, despite my struggles and trials, my determination and circumstance have brought me to a place that far surpasses my hopes and desires. Continue reading »

Feb 032014

leachsolonewJo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! recently conducted an interview with vocalist Jesse Leach of Massachusetts metallers Killswitch Engage. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Killswitch Engage was nominated for a “Best Metal Performance” Grammy this year for its song ‘In Due Time’, the lead single from last year’s critically acclaimed “Disarm The Descent” album, which marked the return of original singer Jesse Leach after a decade-long absence.

This was the band’s second Grammy nomination. The title track from 2004’s gold-selling “The End Of Heartache” was nominated for a Grammy in the same category in 2005. Continue reading »