The Mighty Z
of Capital Chaos TV
conducted an interview with bassist Mike D'Antonio
of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
on November 9 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is footage of the Oakland concert.
's fifth studio album, "Disarm The Descent"
, sold around 48,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2 via Roadrunner Records
"Disarm The Descent"
is KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
's first album with original singer Jesse Leach
at the vocal helm since 2002's now-classic, genre-defining "Alive or Just Breathing"
returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence. The artwork for the new CD was created by bassist Mike D'Antonio
In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect
stated about "Disarm The Descent"
: "Mike D'Antonio
thought up the title 'Disarm The Descent'
even before I started writing. He approached me with a concept. Initially, it was 'Disarming The Descent'
. After some discussion with him, I said, 'Let's just shorten it up.' I thought it was a great title. We talked about it a bit, and I wrote that at the top of the page and began writing notes from there. It's kind of a concept record."
He added: "[The title is] a creative way of saying 'redemption' or rising again. You're in a state of your life where you're approaching rock bottom and you find a way to pick yourself up again before you hit the floor."
Asked about his lyrical approach on "Disarm The Descent"
said: "This album is very different from anything I've written. That comes from trying to develop as a write over the year. I have a project called THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL
. The last EP we put out was a total concept record where I wrote a short story and we made an album about it. It's broken down into three parts, and we finished one of the three. It's a continuing story that will tell a story from start to finish, word for word. I thought it was a cool idea because I'd never written that way. I mixed that idea with my own introspective and cathartic lyrics I did with TIMES OF GRACE
. It's a culmination of the writing I've done over the years. I wanted to find a way to blend it all together. Vocally, I'm trying to come up with different sounds of my voice and mix the screaming and yelling. I made an effort to push myself with the writing and vocals."
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