Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach recently spoke to ArtistDirect about the song "Always" and its video (which he had a strong role in creating, and which you can watch above), their latest album Disarm the Descent, and more.
Says Jesse about "Always" the song, "Initially, a couple of the guys were like, 'I don't know if this fits on the record.' Adam and I were like, 'Well, it's perfect because it gives a breather right before the last song.' Every song is put in that particular order for a reason. In a day and age where people don't necessarily listen to records from start-to-finish, we're still an album band, and we wanted to make sure this album was an experience from beginning-to-end. I feel like 'Always' was the breather before the final song. It's sort of the closer."
Regarding the video, which is really more of a short film set to the song, he says, "I knew I didn't want it to be a Guy-Meets-Girl 'I love you always' video. So I got involved immediately. I said, 'This is what I don't want. Here are some ideas I have. Here's what the song is essentially about.' That's mourning the loss of a loved one and the memories—the joy and the pain. I figured the best way to show that without having mourning in a cemetery was by drawing from songs like Pantera's 'Hollow' and 'Cemetery Gates' or 'Nothing Else Matters' from Metallica. They're heavy bands but they're tackling softer, yet powerful subjects in a way that's not sappy. In this case, the route was to show a different kind of love, namely brotherly love. That was Mike and Ian's idea. Then, you're dealing with a disease or death. It's unspoken in the video, but we're essentially talking about cancer. Everybody's been affected by that. It's one of the number one killers. I wanted to make sure people were impacted by it. It made people stop and think. They didn't just go, 'Yeah, I've seen this before.' It's a love song, but what kind of love song is it? That's the question I wanted to pose to people with the video. If you assume it's this kind of love song, you may or may not be right. I hate to tell people what the songs are about, but it was important to show another side of love that people don't usually draw from in music videos."
Disarm the Descent (featuring the Grammy-nominated song "In Due Time") is available everywhere now—grab a copy from the Roadrunner webstore!