Killswitch Engage Singer Jesse Leach Calls Nu Metal A Little ‘Goofy,’ But Does Note Exceptions

Killswitch Engage Singer Jesse Leach Calls Nu Metal A Little 'Goofy,' But Does Note Exceptions
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In a conversation with Employed To Serve singer Justine Jones (hosted by Metal Hammer), Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach and band guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz spoke to a variety of subjects. Among those subjects was the topic of nu metal, with Dutkiewicz and the Killswitch Engage singer sharing their thoughts on the genre.

The second studio Killswitch Engage album Alive or Just Breathing was released in 2002, a time in heavy music where metalcore was booming and eclipsing that of the nu metal era. At one point during the conversation between the artists, Jones ends up asking the guys their thoughts on the nu metal genre. 

Jones starts off by asking, “What did you guys think of nu metal?”

Adam Dutkiewicz pipes up first, saying, “I dislike anything where the guitar player has six strings but they only use one.”

Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach follows up, saying, “I can take or leave some of it, but I really love Deftones, what they were doing was incredible, you can’t deny some of the riffs of Korn, but some of that stuff was a little goofy. I definitely hated on it at the time, but in retrospect I actually prefer it to some stuff I hear now. It was a commercial sound, and we were into the underground, so it was a little hokey.”

Deftones and Korn are great bands without a doubt, but damn Jesse, no Slipknot? No System of a Down? Well, to each is own of course.

What do you think about what Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach has to say about the nu metal genre?

Alive or Just Breathing celebrates its 20th anniversary in just a couple days! Keep your eyes locked on The Pit, because we might have something special planned in the near future to celebrate this landmark metalcore record.

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Words by: Michael Pementel