Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are hoping to complete work on their new album by the middle of the summer for a tentative late 2018 release.
The follow-up to 2016's "Incarnate" will mark the band's third full-length effort since the return of vocalist Jesse Leach, who rejoined the group in 2012.
Speaking to the Lubbock, Texas radio station KFMX, Leach stated about the progress of the recording sessions for KILLSWITCH's new disc (hear audio below): "We're deep into a record. Actually, on the road here, Mike [D'Antonio], our bass player, tracks on days off. We've got the drums done. So we're just working as fast as we can to get it wrapped up. We've got about 20 songs to choose from. We're ready to crank out a record in the next six, seven months, hopefully — get that thing done."
According to Leach, the plan for KILLSWITCH is to finish recording the new album prior to the band's European summer tour with IRON MAIDEN. "We're gonna try to get the record done before that, hopefully," he said.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE is currently touring North America with ANTHRAX as part of "KillThrax II", a 29-city run that will conclude in Portland, Maine on March 4. HAVOK is serving as the opening act for the entire tour.
"Incarnate" debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 35,000 equivalent album units. In terms of pure album sales, it opened with 33,000 copies.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's last release was the "Beyond The Flames: Home Video Part II" two-disc, Blu-ray and CD package.