SEEMLESS frontman Jesse Leach recently told MTV.com that he has no regrets about walking out on his KILLSWITCH ENGAGE comrades back in 2002. His vocal cords were barely functional and he couldn't stand life on the road when he couldn't bring his wife along with him. Plus, his relationship with the rest of the KILLSWITCH dudes had become frayed, and the band was teetering on the brink of total collapse. So, he did what he had to do — he hopped off the KILLSWITCH train.
"This is where I belong — this is where I feel good," said Leach, when asked if he laments the decision to leave KILLSWITCH for his current band, straight-ahead rockers SEEMLESS. "Mentally and spiritually, I am in the right place. I wouldn't change a damn thing. I was miserable and had just really lost my passion for singing that kind of music. I didn't feel it anymore. This band's just much easier on my soul. After doing metal for close to 10 years, I felt like it was just getting old for me. I felt like I had done all I could do. I look at [KILLSWITCH'S 2002 LP] 'Alive or Just Breathing', and that was sort of my farewell to that style of music. I felt like I left my mark with that album, and that was it — it was time to move on. After that album, I was ready to just stop and 'be a normal guy and have a normal life.' But I love music so much, I couldn't escape it."
Leach — who is on good terms with his KILLSWITCH pals — said when he first heard SEEMLESS (at the time they had a different lead singer), he recognized that the band respected rock's roots and honored its past, while injecting a modern heaviness into the mix. And that no doubt has helped SEEMLESS win over thousands of metalheads. "It had the stuff I was raised on," he recalled. "It just seemed like a natural progression to regress back to my roots."
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