KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Unveils 'Incarnate' Artwork, Announces North American Tour Dates
January 19, 2016
Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will release their seventh album, "Incarnate", on March 11 via Roadrunner. The cover art for the CD can be seen below.
Pre-orders for "Incarnate" will be available at iTunes and KillswitchEngage.com on January 29.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will embark on a North American headline tour shortly after the new album's release. They will be joined by MEMPHIS MAY FIRE and 36 CRAZYFISTS for the trek, with an opening act to be named shortly. The tour runs from March 16 in San Antonio, Texas to April 24 near Charleston, South Carolina.
The dates are as follows:
Feb. 11 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe (Radio Contraband Convention)* Mar. 16 - San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater Mar. 18 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Mar. 19 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater Mar. 21 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works Mar. 23 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre Mar. 24 - Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Mar. 25 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre Mar. 26 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Mar. 28 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre Mar. 30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex Apr. 01 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO Apr. 02 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House Apr. 03 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre Apr. 04 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater Apr. 06 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House Apr. 07 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades Apr. 08 - Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater Pomona Apr. 09 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Apr. 11 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom Apr. 12 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's Nightclub Apr. 14 - Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues Apr. 15 - Binghamton, NY @ Magic City Music Hall Apr. 17 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom Apr. 19 - London, ON @ London Music Hall Apr. 20 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection Apr. 21 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's Apr. 22 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel Apr. 24 - Ladson, SC @ Exchange Park (WYBB Rockfest)*
* No MEMPHIS MAY FIRE or 36 CRAZYFISTS
A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will take place on Tuesday, January 19 from 2:00 p.m. until Thursday, January 21 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code "KSE2016" to access tickets before the general public.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 22 at 10 a.m. local time.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist and producer Adam Dutkiewicz recently told Revolver magazine that the band's lead singer, Jesse Leach, "hit a wall with ideas" during the songwriting process for "Incarnate" after completing the first three or four songs in the studio. "He couldn't find lyrics he was really stoked on," Adam explained. "But Jesse's a great lyricist and a great songwriter, so I just told him, 'Keep writing, and when you hit on something that inspires you, bring it to me.'"
Leach, for his part, admitted that he struggled for a bit. "It did take me a little longer," he said. "But we're at this stage now with our band where we can't be phoning it in. If you really care about your music and you care about your career and your fans, you've gotta give 'em everything you've got. And so I came to a point where this album literally drove me crazy. My wife can attest to that. There were a good couple of weeks where I wasn't myself. I just got lost in the process, because I wanted this record to be everything it could be. I was losing sleep, not sleeping at all, and waking up in the middle of the night and sitting down and writing pages and pages and pages of words. By the time all was said and done, I probably had 80 pages of lyrics. I just wanted to give it everything I could, vocally and lyrically."
Songtitles set to appear on "Incarnate" include "It Falls On Me", "Upraised", "Until The Day I Die", "The Burden And The Noose" and "Strength Of Mind", the video for which can be seen below. The clip was filmed with the direction team of Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci (MESHUGGAH, FEAR FACTORY).
Leach told Revolver about the "Incarnate" title: "The definition of incarnate is 'in the flesh.' And this record is who we are right now. Whereas [2013's] '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."
"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" was KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's first album with Leach at the vocal helm since 2002's now-classic, genre-defining "Alive or Just Breathing".