Jesse Leach has paid his dues. He was the original lead singer in Killswitch Engage. Then he departed after their break through album, replaced by Howard Jones. The band continued gaining momentum. Rumors started to circulate of friction between Adam Dutkiewicz and Howard Jones, around the vocalists performances in the studio and on the stage.
Leach in the meantime experimented with a few different projects and musical styles, ranging from blues to metalcore. And then he got a call from Adam to write lyrics for a little side project he had going. This project would go on to become Times Of Grace.
In music it’s the people behind the music who are the stars. And the producer behind Killswitch Engage is Adam himself. All the normal metal zines are covering Anthrax, who are doing the old school publicity junket. But it’s Killswitch who’s winning.
The world is changing. Honesty and truth rule the day. And Jesse Leach is very honest in his lyrics than Jesse Leach. Along with Robb Flynn, he took down Anselmo’s white power.
“Incarnate” is the latest from Killswitch Engage and metalheads are proving once again, how loyal they are to supporting the artist in various forms. Sales of recorded music for metal bands is higher compared to other genres. Streaming is no slouch either.
“Alone I Stand”
It sounds like a “Times Of Grace” tune “Strength In Numbers” at the start. Regardless, it’s a brilliant song.
A day of great tribulation is upon us
A time of deception conflict and unrest
I will not cower in fear and submission
I will hold my ground and resist
That talking part is like a sermon in the Church of Metal.
I am disconnected from a system I’ve rejected.
What a line. Where do the misfits stand when we reject what is demanded of us. To paraphrase the Chorus, alone we stand.
“Hate By Design”
It’s a one-two knock out punch. What a song and the lyrics from Jesse, brilliant. In a recent interview that appeared on Blabbermouth, he mentions the song, as he was talking about Phil Anselmo’s “white power” gesture.
“Every time I get this question, my answer is the [KILLSWITCH ENGAGE] song ‘Hate By Design’ [about prejudice and discrimination being passed on from generation to generation]. Just read the lyrics. There’s your answer.”
We are born free
From the restrains of this society
Helpless to what is instilled
I’m instantly taken back to “The Unforgiven” from Metallica, especially the lyrics, “New blood joins this Earth and quickly he’s subdued”. A connection is made to a song from my past.
On YouTube it’s got 1,364,393 views. On Spotify, it’s got 1,333,386 streams.
“Strength Of The Mind”
Track number 4. It has 1,263,792 views on YouTube and on Spotify it has 1,470,525 streams.
Who can raise you from the fall and save you? Only you
That’s right. Our power is unlimited, if we just believe in ourselves and stop worrying about where we sit in the pecking order.
I’ve seen rock bottom and I’ve smashed my fists against it
Just keep telling yourself it will be alright
Man, that message. Who hasn’t been there. We all have had those moments, when you feel like you are not winning and everything you do just turns to crap. And your spending your days doing things for others, through obligation or duty to the family. And its so far away from the world of possibilities you had when you where young.
There are no detours when it comes to Killswitch. If you are a fan of the band, then you are a fan for life.
The victim, over and over again
Becomes the victor in the end
There is a saying about how you handle failure and rejection that determines your character.
“Until The Day”
The open spaces
Another city passes as we sleep
And it calls to me
Is it a song about life on the road. A departure from the well-known songs like “Turn The Page”, “Home Sweet Home” and “Wanted Dead Or Alive”. but still up there.
“It Falls On Me”
You don’t see me, you can’t hear my voice
Left me with nothing without a choice
Who hasn’t been in a relationship where all decisions are made for you.
“The Great Deceit”
Love the thrash intro.
How many more will die before we realize the truth has been disguised?
Our institutions are good at deceit. They employ people to sell their lies as truth. It’s always refreshing to see artists raise questions about them.
“We Carry On”
Somehow through it all
We carry on (we carry on)
And that’s life in a nutshell. We always find a way to carry on. We overcome setbacks, deaths in the family, wins and losses. Through it all, we still carry on.