While the COVID-19 pandemic may have uprooted every band’s touring plans, at least it gives artists time to work on new music — as we’re seen with quarantine specials, bedroom collabs and multi-band covers. New England metalcore giants Killswitch Engage, who were going to be crossing North America with August Burns Red and Light the Torch, got those plans demolished, but frontamn Jesse Leach has absolutely been using the downtime to stay busy.
Most recently, there is an awesome new update about Times of Grace — his project with fellow KsE bandmate-guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. In a new post to Instagram, the caption “… How long before this silence dies …” is accompanied by a time-lapse video of trees and sky accompanied by a clean electric guitar. Check out the teaser below. Hopefully the implication is the silence will end soon. After all, that “silence” has been nine years — the band’s last album, The Hymn of a Broken Man, was released 2011, around the time Leach rejoined Killswitch.
The duo have been discussing — and working on here and there — a new album of the long-running side project since their main band’s release of Atonement. While they have offered updates every now and then, perhaps this is the time to fully finish the next installment.
Aside from the post-rock band, Leach has also been occupied with his New York-based political hardcore punk band The Weapon. That quartet recently dropped the blistering debut LP, A Repugnant Turn of Events via Bandcamp. “We dedicate this record to everyone fighting the good fight against tyrannical governments, racism, fascism, homophobia, and all forms of oppression,” the band said in a joint statement. “Get mad, get organized, stay focused, and stand strong.”