Jesse Leach

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Jesse Leach
Jesse Leach with ToG.jpg
Background information
Birth name Jesse David Leach
Born (1978-07-03) July 3, 1978 (age 36)
Genres Metalcore, Heavy metal, Groove metal, Hard rock, Southern rock
Occupations Singer, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1993–present
Labels Roadrunner Records, Ferret Music, Angel Side Side
Associated acts Seemless, Killswitch Engage, Corrin, Nothing Stays Gold, The Empire Shall Fall, Times of Grace

Jesse David Leach (born July 3, 1978) is an American musician from Providence, Rhode Island, and is best known as being the current lead vocalist of the metalcore band Killswitch Engage and also for being the vocalist for the blues rock band Seemless. He is also the current singer for the hardcore metal band The Empire Shall Fall and Times of Grace. In February 2012 he rejoined Killswitch Engage following the departure of vocalist Howard Jones in January 2012.

History[edit]

Early career[edit]

Leach's first band, Corrin, was formed in the early 1990s. Corrin recorded four songs in 1996 which were eventually released as a CD by Propaganda Machine in 1998 after the band's breakup.

Leach's second band, Nothing Stays Gold, formed in the mid-90s. They put out a single ep before splitting in 97/98.

Killswitch Engage[edit]

Main article: Killswitch Engage

Some remaining members of Overcast and Aftershock were forming a new band in the Massachusetts area and were seeking a vocalist. In 1999, Leach along with bassist Mike D'Antonio, guitarist Joel Stroetzel, and guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz formed Killswitch Engage. Their self-titled debut was released on July 11, 2000.

Killswitch Engage's next effort, Alive or Just Breathing, was released on May 21, 2002, putting Killswitch Engage at the forefront of the metalcore scene. Two weeks prior to going on tour, however, Leach married his fiancee. When he was not contacting his wife, Leach would sit alone in the tour bus for hours after shows and simply wait for the remaining band members to return. Leach's passion for his music combined with his emotional struggles of the time made him unable to exercise control over his screaming. He would blow his voice out after a few shows and struggled with the rest of the tour. Leach also began suffering from a mild depression which grew worse as the tour continued. According to Mike D'Antonio in an interview for Killswitch's "(Set This) World Ablaze" DVD, "It seemed like there was always this dark cloud over Jesse's head." His depression led him to resign from the band & drop out of the public eye for some time. Leach wrote an email to the band explaining why he left. Quoting Leach from his interview in the DVD, "I didn't have the mental energy to face them, or even call them on the phone rather. I was at a point in my life where I just didn't want to face any of them so I wrote them a long email explaining, like, I'm just done. Explaining what every song meant to me, explaining what the whole experience was to me, and I said 'Bye. Ya know? You're not going to be able to find me, I'm going on my honeymoon finally. And, uh, don't try and call me don't try and contact me, I'm done. Done with music, period.'"

Leach reconciled with his former bandmates at the Roadrunner United 25th anniversary concert, performing a duet with then singer Howard Jones. The entire band played on stage (minus Adam D who had been out with an injury and was replaced by Andreas Kisser of Sepultura) with both Howard and Jesse singing "My Last Serenade". The song ended with the two embracing, and Leach thanking the crowd for their support through his difficult times.

On February 6, 2012, Killswitch Engage uploaded a photo of Leach and the rest of the band to the website, indicating Leach's return to Killswitch Engage.[1] Killswitch Engage later released a statement via its Facebook, confirming Leach's permanent return to the band. In several interviews since he has given much credit to Howard Jones for his work with the band while Leach has been gone.

Killswitch Engage's sixth studio album Disarm the Descent was released on April 2, 2013. It was announced in December 2013 that "In Due Time" was nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 2014 Grammy Awards,[2] bands first Grammy nomination for Killswitch Engage with Jesse Leach.

Seemless[edit]

Main article: Seemless

In 2003 Jesse joined a blues rock band called Seemless. Seemless toured the US many times with bands like Fu-Manchu, The Sword, Trivium, and In Flames. Seemless is known for explosive, emotive live shows and showcases Leach's new-found soulful blues-y vocals. Touring with Seemless also showed the music world Jesse was back and able to complete tours. Seemless has released two albums so far and has had multiple videos featured on MTV's Headbangers ball. In 2006 their video for the single "Cast No Shadow" made MTV's Top Ten new videos. Seemless is currently writing new songs and playing out occasionally. Due to drummer Derek Kerswill's involvement with the MA metal band Unearth, among other projects, Seemless has taken a hiatus from the touring life.

Times of Grace[edit]

Main article: Times of Grace
Jesse Leach performing in Times of Grace.

Leach worked on another album with Killswitch Engage bandmate, Adam Dutkiewicz. Leach has stated that the working title for the project with Adam D. is Times of Grace. Dutkiewicz also takes lead vocals on several tracks, and was released on January 18, 2011. The album's first single, "Strength in Numbers", was released October 15 via Roadrunner Records as a free digital download for 72 hours for those who signed up for the band's mailing list. The song is now available for purchase on iTunes. The album was made with the support of Killswitch Engage.

Discography[edit]

Corrin[edit]

  • Corrin – Despair Rides On Angel Wings [EP] (1995)
  • Corrin – Corrin/Arise Split (1996)
  • Corrin – Plutonian Shores (1998)

Nothing Stays Gold[edit]

  • Nothing Stays Gold (EP) (1998)

Killswitch Engage[edit]

Seemless[edit]

The Empire Shall Fall[edit]

Times of Grace[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Killswitch Engage – "Take This Oath"
  • Killswitch Engage – "Irreversal" (The End of Heartache Special Edition)
  • Roadrunner United – "Blood And Flames" (Leach, Heafy, Rand, D'Antonio, Kelly) (Roadrunner Records 25th Anniversary)
  • Thy Will Be Done – "Preserving The Sacred"
  • Atresia – "Life from Life" (Heavy Metal Mixtape)

Acting career[edit]

Leach played a small role in the 1999 film "Outside Providence", directed by Michael Corrente. The film is an adaptation of Peter Farrelly's 1988 novel of the same name. Leach played a boy named Decenz.

The Empire Shall Fall[edit]

The Empire Shall Fall
Origin Providence, Rhode Island
Genres Metalcore, Progressive Metal
Years active 2008-present
Labels Angle Side Side Records
Associated acts Killswitch Engage, Seemless, Nothing Stays Gold, Corrin, All That Remains, Times of Grace, The Dear Hunter
Website Jesse Leach on Myspace
Members Jesse Leach
Jake Davenport
Marcus de Lisle
Nick Sollecito
Jeff Pitts

In 2008, Jesse Leach formed the band, The Empire Shall Fall, with friends in his area. The band have now released their first independent album "Awaken" which was released on November 17, 2009. Including Leach, The Empire Shall Fall consists of guitarists Jake Davenport and Marcus de Lisle, bassist Nick Sollecito, and drummer Jeff Pitts.

Inception (2008–2009)[edit]

The Empire Shall Fall was formed in late 2008 by current Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach with a handful of instrumentalists: guitarists Jake Davenport and Marcus de Lisle, bassist Nick Sollecito, and drummer Jeff Pitts. The Empire Shall Fall is the first band vocalist Leach has used predominately screamed vocals in since Killswitch Engage, although the band retains some of the singing elements of Seemless, which has since been put upon an indefinite hiatus.

In 2008 the band released a demo consisting of four songs on their Myspace page: "Voices Forming Weapons", "The Kingdom", "These Colors Bleed", and "We The People". The demo is currently available for download on their record label Angle Side Side Records'[4] official website. The label has since stated that "The Empire Shall Fall enters HQ Sound Labs Studio (Dear Hunter, Receiving End of Sirens) in April to begin recording for their debut CD to be released Summer '09."[4]

On September 11, 2009, The Empire Shall Fall announced through their Myspace page that their debut album Awaken would be released on November 17, 2009 with eight songs, including the previously recorded demo tracks re-recorded and reworked, and three new songs which had only been played live.[5]

Awaken (2009–2011)[edit]

Awaken was released on November 17, 2009 through Angle Side Side Records, owned by The Empire Shall Fall's bassist, Nick Sollecito. The band cites its influences as At the Gates, Meshuggah, and Edge of Sanity. Awaken draws heavily on the band members' interests in jazz, punk, and experimental music. They are said to sound like Refused, At the Drive-In, Deftones, and Between the Buried and Me. The album reflects heavily on the themes of politics and transcendentalism. Lyrically the album advocates positivity, unity, and empowerment. Inspirations for the album have been cited as Jello Biafra, Benjamin Franklin, and Ron Paul.[6]

Volume 1: Solar Plexus (2011–present)[edit]

The band announced their intention to released a new EP via their social networks (I.E. Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite etc.) in early 2011. In a recent tumblr post, the band revealed: ...we have been working on a series of concept EPs. While we haven’t yet released details on the concept linking the EPs, we can tell you that the first one deals with redemption and the “guts of emotion.” Lyrical content deals with “picking up the pieces of your life and starting over” and “finding a new perspective as a result of the changes and lessons learned in the past.”[7] The first EP, called "Volume 1: Solar Plexus" was released digitally December 6, 2011.[8]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Year Album details Chart peaks Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US UK AUS
2009 Awaken[5]

Released: November 17, 2009

Label: Angle Side Side Records

2011 Volume 1: Solar Plexus

Released: December 6, 2011

Label: Angle Side Side Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IT’S OFFICIAL: JESSE LEACH IS BACK IN KILLSWITCH ENGAGE". MetalSucks. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  2. ^ Connor Williams (2013-03-30). "ALBUM REVIEW: DISARM THE DESCENT - KILLSWITCH ENGAGE'". RockRevolt Magazine™. 
  3. ^ http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=332787977&blogId=509686334
  4. ^ a b "Angle Side Side : Everything Music". Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Studio Update 3: September 11th! by The Empire Shall Fall on Myspace". Myspace. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL: 'Awaken' Performance Video Available". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Empire Shall Fall, Tesf Update". Tumblr. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  8. ^ http://theempireshallfall.tumblr.com/post/9631826226