Metal titans Killswitch Engage have announced their eighth album Atonement will be released August 16 on Metal Blade records.
The Grammy-nominated band have unveiled the first song from the album, “Unleashed.”
“‘Unleashed’ is about inner passion and rage coming up to the surface,” says singer Jesse Leach. “We all have that wild within that often stays dormant until a tragic event triggers and awakens it. This song is about that awakening within. I feel we were able to capture something raw and intense on this song, and I’m stoked for everyone to hear it! The new album, Atonement, is a reflection of perseverance and passion through the trials and suffering of our existence.”
The album took two years to finish. After starting in 2017 and recording sessions on both coasts, a polyp developed scar tissue in Leach’s throat, forcing him to undergo surgery. Leach’s recovery took three months and involved speech therapy, vocal therapy, and scream therapy. The resulting album evidences their undeniable legacy as one of the most enduring metal bands of the last two decades.