Single Of The week: Strength Of The Mind by Killswitch Engage

Posted: December 18, 2015 in Single Of The Week
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strengthThe first time I had ever seen Killswitch Engage, I had no idea who they were the night I went to see Mushroomhead at Lupos in Providence, RI. I will never forget my initial reaction to the band and it’s singer Jesse Leach who was with the band at the time. I thought it was the next best thing in Metal and it was what I was looking for at the time to quench my hunger for something new. You know the rest of the story, but that doesn’t matter anymore as Leach has been back and kicking ass with the group once again. The band is gearing up to release their newest album Incarnate which is the band’s seventh album and third with Leach. Leach described the new record saying, “The definition of incarnate is ‘in the flesh and this record is who we are right now. Whereas Disarm the Descent was sort of my ‘comeback’ album, and was about us feeling out the new vibe. But now, after spending a few years traveling the world together, I think we’re all in a really comfortable place. We definitely have a strong sense of self as to who we are as a band.”

Killswitch-Engage-3The band has unleashed a music video for the single Strength Of The Mind off the new record and we have it for you as our Single Of The Week. The track is absolutely brutal and in your face, it’s everything you would want from a Killswitch Engage track. Leach spoke to Nerdist about the track and it’s video saying, “We are very pleased to have ‘Strength of the Mind’ finally released. It is a big moment to have this be the first listen to the album. The video visually captures a bit of the anxiety and chaos that the song touches on lyrically. It is almost a bit surreal and dream-like with the camera effects, called ‘whacking.’ It is always a pleasure to work with McFarland and Pecci, as they are both artists who give it their all with no shortcuts. Watching Mike work the camera live, while Ian paces around and directs, is a very involving and creatively satisfying experience.”

In another interview, Leach talked about the early days and the decision to leave Killswitch Engage after the release of Alive Or Just Breathing saying, “I was just young and stupid and didn’t really have a sense of who I was. I didn’t have confidence in myself as a person and as a singer. Now my confidence is intact but I think there’s a humility now that I didn’t have before. I’m willing to grow. I think back when I was younger, I had this punk rock guilt about me, where I thought I knew what I had to do and I didn’t want to take lessons from anybody. The reunion has been better than I ever thought it could be. It feels really good.” The band is putting the finishing touches on the album which should be out sometime in the spring of 2016 via Roadrunner Records. So, check out the track below:

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