Killswitch Engage has released the new song “I am Broken Too,” from its upcoming eighth album, “Atonement,” due Aug. 16 on Metal Blade Records. Listen to the track and watch the lyric video, which features vocalist Jesse Leach’s handwritten lyrics, below.
The band is also donating a portion of the proceeds from “I am Broken Too” to Hope for the Day, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization 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 said. “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 said, “I personally chose Hope for the Day to be the organization 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 organization are out spreading the powerful message of connectivity and solidarity in this fight for understanding mental health issues. I’m honored 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 said. “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.”
The band also will do an in-store performance at 5 p.m. PT Aug. 14 at Amoeba Music Hollywood. Fans will be able to purchase the album to get guaranteed admission and a limited-edition “Live at Amoeba” poster. All further details about this show are here.
In addition, Killswitch Engage will perform at special intimate show at The Space in Las Vegas on Aug. 13. Tickets are on sale at this location.
The band is on tour now with Clutch (see dates below). ans attending the dates with Clutch will be able to purchase a limited-edition laminate containing a unique code to receive a CD copy of the new album delivered to their front door on or just prior to the Aug. 16 release date (may not apply for some of the festival dates).
“Atonement” track listing:
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”
10. “I Can’t Be the Only One”
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + CLUTCH TOUR DATES:
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 Music 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 — Capitol Theater
8/4 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ADDITIONAL U.S. TOUR DATES:
8/13 — Las Vegas, NV — The Space
10/11 — Manchester, TN — Exit 111 Festival