Caparison conducted an interview with guitarist Joel Stroetzel of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE at this year’s Graspop Metal Meeting, which took place June 22-24 in Dessel, Belgium. You can now watch the chat below
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s April 22 performance at at the New England Metal Hardcore Festival marked the band’s first concert with singer Jesse Leach in more than nine years.
Leach sang on the band’s first self-titled album, which came out in 2000, and on their landmark 2002 Roadrunner debut “Alive Or Just Breathing”. Leach left the band in 2002 and was replaced by Howard Jones, but his work on “Alive Or Just Breathing” has always been revered by diehard, longtime KILLSWITCH ENGAGE fans.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE is hard at work on material for the follow-up to 2009’s second self-titled album. The new effort is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2013 via Roadrunner Records.
In a recent interview with the “Brock And The Fatguy” radio show, Jesse stated about KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s new material, “I have the 14 demos for the new KILLSWITCH record, and let me tell you, I’m glad that KILLSWITCH is gonna have the opportunity to write another record with me — or a few more, God willing. I can tell you right now from the demos, the people are gonna be really surprised; they’re setting the bar up high once again. It’s really fast and it’s really heavy. It’s not what people are going to anticipate, I’m sure. I literally am getting chills right now talking about it. It’s gonna blow the doors off people, man. It’s gonna be great.”