Killswitch Engage share lyric video for new single “I Am Broken Too”

Killswitch Engage UK Tour 2019 poster
Grammy-nominated, Gold-selling metal heavyweights Killswitch Engage have just shared new song “I Am Broken Too”. Listen and watch the lyric video below, which features singer Jesse Leach’s handwritten lyrics.

The song appears on the band’s eighth album, “Atonement”, out on August 16th, 2019, via Music For Nations and available for pre-order here. KsE previously shared first new single “Unleashed”. Watch the visualiser here.
Jesse Leach spoke in detail about the track to Alternative Press. Read the interview here.

The band will donate a portion of the proceeds from the song to Hope for the Day, a Chicago-based non-profit organisation that focuses on suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through the use of music and art.

“This song is very near and dear to my heart”, Leach explains. “I wanted the listener to feel the urgency, the heaviness of the topic as well as a possible connection. Many people suffer from mental illness in one form or another. I want nothing more than for people to feel like they are not alone in this struggle. There is always someone there to help, to listen, and to be there for you. Don’t lose hope and don’t let your brokenness consume you. Broken can be fixed, or at the very least, maintained. No one is alone in this fight”.

Regarding the decision to work with Hope for the Day, Leach says: “I personally chose Hope for the Day to be the organisation we partner with for this song. I admire their tireless efforts to spread mental awareness and suicide prevention. The phrase and the hashtag #ItsOkNotToBeOk is a simple yet powerful statement. I think it coincides with #IamBrokenToo perfectly! Johnny Boucher and his organisation are out spreading the powerful message of connectivity and solidarity in this fight for understanding mental health issues. I’m honoured to have them on our team for this song and this movement to continue to raise awareness and keep the conversation going for mental health issues”.

“"I Am Broken Too" is a song that truly encompasses what we need to be doing in society, talking about what we have been through”, Boucher says. “We know that by talking about our experiences, we are able to relate and be encouraged to ask for help. Hope for the Day has been working with KsE on breaking the silence around mental health since 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue working with them on raising the visibility of resources in our communities”.

KsE have also announced an exclusive in-store performance on August 14 at 5pm PT at Amoeba Music Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. Fans can purchase the album to get guaranteed admission and a limited-edition “Live at Amoeba” poster. The band will also perform a special intimate show at The Space in Las Vegas the day before, on August 13. Tickets for both events go on sale today.

“Atonement” is the culmination of a trying and turbulent two-year period. KsE started kicking around ideas for the album as early as 2017. The band recorded the bulk of the material separately on both coasts. However, in the middle of the process, a polyp developed scar tissue in Leach’s throat, forcing him to undergo surgery. The intense three-month recovery ended with speech therapy, vocal therapy, and scream therapy. The band ultimately emerged with an album that is further evidence of their undeniable legacy as one of the most enduring metal bands of the last two decades and beyond.

The elaborate illustration on the “Atonement” album cover was created by talented UK-based artist Richey Beckett (Metallica, Mastodon) with the band’s own Mike D’Antonio handling art direction and layout duties.

1. Unleashed
2. The Signal Fire (featuring Howard Jones)
3. Us Against the World
4. The Crownless King (featuring Chuck Billy)
5. I Am Broken Too
6. As Sure as the Sun will Rise
7. Know Your Enemy
8. Take Control
9. Ravenous
10. I Can’t be the Only One
11. Bite the Hand that Feeds

Killswitch Engage are currently traversing the USA on a co-headline tour with Clutch. The band return to Europe for a headline run in the autumn, kicking off in Norwich, England on October 14 and wrapping up November 10 in Nuremberg, Germany. Support bands will be announced soon.

UK & European Tour Dates 2019:
Mon 14th Oct - NORWICH (UK) UEA
Tue 15th Oct - BRISTOL (UK) O2 Academy
Thu 17th Oct - GLASGOW (UK) Barrowland
Fri 18th Oct - MANCHESTER (UK) Academy
Sat 19th Oct - BIRMINGHAM (UK) O2 Academy
Sun 20th Oct - LONDON (UK) O2 Academy Brixton
Tue 22nd Oct - BRUSSELS (BEL) AB
Wed 23rd Oct - AMSTERDAM (HOL) Melkweg
Fri 25th Oct - OBERHAUSEN (GER) Turbinenhalle
Sat 26th Oct - BERLIN (GER) Huxleys
Mon 28th Oct - HELSINKI (FIN) Circus
Wed 30th Oct - STOCKHOLM (SWE) Fryshuset
Thu 31st Oct - OSLO (NOR) Rockefeller
Fri 1st Nov - KARLSTAD (SWE) Nojesfabriken
Sat 2nd Nov - COPENHAGEN (DEN) Amager Bio
Mon 4th Nov - WARSAW (POL) Stodola
Tue 5th Nov - LEIPZIG (GER) Werk 2
Wed 6th Nov - MUNICH (GER) - Tonhalle
Fri 8th Nov - LAUSANNE (SWI) Les Docs
Sat 9th Nov - PRATTELN (SWI) Z7
Sun 10th Nov - NUREMBERG (GER) Loewensaal

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday, 28th June. Tickets for the UK dates can be bought online here and here.

2019 represents another turning point. The quintet — Adam Dutkiewicz (lead guitar), Joel Stroetzel (rhythm guitar), Mike D’Antonio (bass), Justin Foley (drums), and Jesse Leach (vocals) — sharpen every side of this signature sound on their eighth full-length and first for Music For Nations, “Atonement”. The vision they shared two decades ago crystallises like never before as evidenced by the first single “Unleashed”.