KILLSWITCH ENGAGE To Release “Atonement” Album Next August, First Single ‘Unleashed’ Streaming Now

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Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will release their new album, Atonement, on August 16 via Metal Blade Records in the U.S. and Sony Music Entertainment in the rest of the world. The disc’s first single, “Unleashed”, can be streamed below.

‘Unleashed’ is about inner passion and rage coming up to the surface,” said 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.”

Indeed, Atonement is the culmination of a trying and turbulent two-year period. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE 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 none other than talented U.K.-based artist Richey Beckett (METALLICAMASTODON) with the band’s own Mike D’Antonio handling art direction and layout duties.

“Atonement” Album Artwork

Atonement features guest appearances by the band’s former lead singer Howard Jones and TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy. It marks the band’s third full-length release since the return of Leach, who rejoined the group in 2012.

Atonement track listing:

 1. Unleashed 
 2. The Signal Fire (feat. Howard Jones) 
 3. Us Against The World 
 4. The Crownless King (feat. 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 will spend the summer on a co-headline tour with CLUTCH followed by a just-announced fall Europe headline tour. All confirmed dates are below.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + CLUTCH TOUR DATES:

7/8 — Quebec City, QC — Festival D’ete #^
7/11 — London, ON — Rock The Park#
7/12 — Syracuse, NY — SI Hall
7/13 — Inwood, WV — Earth Rocker Fest#
7/14 — Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
7/16 — Fort Wayne, IN — The Clyde
7/18 — Sioux City, IA — Hard Rock & Casino
7/19 — Cadott, WI — Cadott Rock Fest#
7/20 — OshKosh, WI — Rock USA#
7/22 — Tulsa, OK — The Brady Theater
7/23 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
7/25 — Bethlehem, PA — Sands Event Center
7/26 — Asbury Park, NJ — Stone Pony Outdoors
7/27 — Montreal, QC — Heavy MTL#
7/28 — Bangor, ME — Impact Festival#
7/30 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount
8/1 — Columbus, OH — Express Live!
8/2 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE Outdoors
8/3 — Port Chester, NY — Capital Theater
8/4 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors

#Festival
^KsE Only

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE IN EUROPE:

10/14 — Norwich, UK — UEA
10/15 — Bristol, UK — O2 Academy
10/17 — Glasgow, UK — Barrowland
10/18 — Manchester, UK — Academy
10/19 — Birmingham, UK —O2 Academy
10/20 — London, UK — O2 Academy Brixton
10/22 — Brussels, BEL — AB
10/23 — Amsterdam, HOL — Melkweg
10/25 — Oberhausen, GER — Turbinenhalle
10/26 — Berlin, GER — Huxleys
10/28 — Helsinki, FIN — Circus
10/30 — Stockholm, SWE — Fryshuset
10/31 — Oslo, NOR — Rockefeller
11/1 — Karlstad, SWE — Nojesfabriken
11/2 — Copenhagen, DEN — Amager Bio
11/4 — Warsaw, POL — Stodola
11/5 —Leipzig, GER — Werk 2
11/6 — Munich, GER — Tonehalle
11/8 — Lausanne, SWI — Les Docs
11/9 — Prattelen, SWI — Z7
11/10 — Nurnberg, GER — Loewensaal

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