Killswitch Engage have released a live, performance video of an acoustic version of the song “We Carry On.” The track was recorded while the members were in quarantine. The original appears on the band’s 2016-released album Incarnate.
As Adam D. says in the intro of the video, the band had planned to perform this song during the now-postponed Spring 2020 Atonement Tour featuring August Burns Red and Light The Torch. The tour was paused after only a few shows in March due to the COVID-19 shutdown. The rescheduled dates will be announced soon.
“This song is a deep one for me,” explains singer Jesse Leach. “When I wrote the lyrics, it was originally based off of struggles in a tumultuous, abusive relationship. Little did I know how significant it would eventually be as it has relevance during this strange time of quarantine and uncertainty. For me, it has turned into an anthem of sorts about perseverance. While working on this version, it really struck me how much I felt the lyrics in a different light …”
Killswitch Engage have also been working on ways to be more productive and supportive during this time in which many people and industries need assistance. There are Killswitch Engage-branded face masks available for fans, which are can be purchased here.
All profits from sales of these face masks will be donated to NIVA (National Independent Venue Association). The organization is working to help preserve independent venues across the country that are struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.
On top of that, earlier this month, the band dropped Atonement II: B-Sides For Charity with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the COVID-19 Relief Fund for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. The B-sides have raised over $40,000 for the cause thus far. The release features six songs from the recording sessions for Killswitch Engage’s 2019-released and Grammy-nominated album Atonement, out now via Metal Blade Records.