Vocalist Jesse Leach of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE was interviewed by The Metal Review's David "Devo" Oosthuizen at the 2014 edition of South Africa's RAMfest festival, which was held in both Cape Town and Johannesburg from March 6 to March 9. You can now watch the chat below.KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's fifth studio album, "Disarm The Descent", sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. "Disarm The Descent" is KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's first album with original singer Jesse Leach at the vocal helm since 2002's now-classic, genre-defining "Alive or Just Breathing". Leach returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence. The artwork for the new CD was created by Mike D'Antonio. In a recent interview with the Phoenix New Times, D'Antonio stated about the departure of singer Howard Jones and the return of Leach: "We hadn't played a show in about two years, so everyone was ready to just do it. I felt like we could've been doing so much with the time we had off, but we were just trying to figure out Howard's situation. "When he left, we pretty much thought the band was over. So when we reconvened and started talking about getting a new singer, it was a relief, because I thought the band was over at that point. "When Jesse showed up to try out, he came into the room and everyone lit up and we were having a great time. We were so tired but we busted out like 16 songs in a row, and that was when we were tired, but it just felt so right. "Jesse hasn't done a lot of touring so it's cool for us older dudes who are jaded from the road to see things through new eyes, from a different perspective of someone who really enjoys and respects where he's at. Not that we don't — but you know, just like every other job, you get used to it. His excitement gets us excited. "As far as the fans go, people have been very open. There's always going to be people who like Howard and people who like Jesse, but I feel like we made a record that our true friends can really enjoy. We had two years off, and I was just pissed off because I wanted to write music. Maybe that's why the record is heavier. It's not as radio-friendly as the older stuff, [but] everyone seems to be embracing the new stuff. "I'm excited for the future. It really hasn't felt like a band in quite a while, and now it really does. It feels solid and everyone's on the same page."
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends). To report any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, please send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details.