Interview: Jesse Leach

January 12, 2011

I interviewed ex-Killswitch Engage now Times Of Grace vocalist Jesse Leach, for The Linc.

It’s been one of the most anticipated reformations in metal in recent years, the ex-vocalist of metalcore titans Killswitch Engage, Jesse Leach, teaming up with his former bandmate Adam Dutkiewicz. Having not played together for over eight years, the duo’s new band Times Of Grace are set to release their debut album “The Hymn Of A Broken Man” on Roadrunner Records on January 18th.

The band is the brainchild of Dutkiewicz, who started writing the album in his head from his hospital bed in London after receiving emergency back surgery. When he returned to America, that’s when Jesse received the call. “[Adam] said ‘Hey man I wrote a record and I really want you to sing on it’ so of course immediately I was just elated. I was like ‘Wow, that’s amazing. Of course, of course!’” said Leach.

Read the rest of the interview here: http://thelinc.co.uk/2011/01/jesse-leach-the-album-was-a-therapy-session/

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Download Festival: Third Announcement

February 20, 2009

I haven’t posted on here in a long time now, but I have been busy. A number of things have cropped up; writing reviews for Thrash Hits, playing Football Manager Live and generally being busy. But alas I have found time to give another brief rundown of how good/bad I feel Download Festival is going so far.

The first band to be announced in this third installment of the Download lineup is Marilyn Manson. There’s a lot of mixed opinion about this man and his band, and to be honest I have a mixed opinion as well. On CD Manson and Co. are great, I could happily sit through his greatest hits and think “yeah, all these songs are good” but when it came to seeing MM live in 2007 I wasn’t all that impressed. The constant changing of costume and the poor stageshow was just disappointing. I’d been hearing all weekend how good his stageshow’s are etc but it was nothing special at all, I hope this year he brings something new to the table.

The second band is one of my favourites, Killswitch Engage. Having seen them in 2007 at Download Festival and 2006 at Leeds Festival I have to say KSE were born to play festivals. Being able to control a crowd of that size is simply incredible, and the music is equally as good. I can see KSE going down a storm at Donington this year, I’m guessing on the main stage – bring it on!

The final band in the third announcement for Download Festival is beardy weirdies ZZ Top! I’m not going to pretend I’m a huge fan because I’m not, I can name 2 songs by them. But at the same time I’m definately going to be watching, some true old rock will be on this year with Whitesnake and Def Leppard already confirmed. I can’t wait to see what other bands will come out the woodwork, hopefully some true rock legends!