‘Death unfolds itself painfully/ to unmask how fragile we are”, philosophized Jesse Leach on the Graspop-main stage. And also: “Hhhyyoooaaarrrgghh’.
The reported the frontman of Killswitch Engage at the feet: with his swollen biceps and fearsome beard he looks like a street fighter, but in his lyrics he shows himself the incarnate Bond Without a Name.
‘Just keep count yourself it will be alright,” she said in ‘Strength of the mind. And for those who levensadvies needed: ‘Gather all your pain and suffering/ To overcome the enemy that’s in you’. Had Leach the wei asked to over glowing coals, they were immediately done.
What a difference with guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who in his American flag-short the 4×100 metres across the stage walked. While Leach emotional ‘We’ll meet again’ croonde, ready he is for a minute with his ass to the audience. And when Leach is a passionate plea held for ‘unity’ and against the ‘bullshit’ in their homeland, he filled: “And also boobies. We want to stare at boobies.’
It is the same duality that also the songs of the metalcoreband features: Leach roars a racket is in the strofes, accompanied by drums like machine-gun fire, but floats melodically through the choruses. Just a pity that his voice was not at all.
Not that the fans couldn bombs: they sang both old hits and new material from Incarnate (2016) flawlessly. For them is Killswitch Engage a source of power after eighteen years to fire lost.