Killswitch Engage has released a live performance video of an acoustic version of the song “We Carry On.” The track was recorded while the members were in quarantine. The original appears on the band’s 2016-released album “Incarnate.” Watch and listen below.
As guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz says in the intro of the video, the band had planned to perform this song during the now-postponed spring 2020 Atonement Tour, featuring August Burns Red and Light the Torch. The tour was paused after only a few shows in March due to the COVID-19 shutdown. The rescheduled dates will be announced soon.
“This song is a deep one for me,” vocalist Jesse Leach said. “When I wrote the lyrics, it was originally based off of struggles in a tumultuous, abusive relationship. Little did I know how significant it would eventually be as it has relevance during this strange time of quarantine and uncertainty. For me, it has turned into an anthem, of sorts, about perseverance. While working on this version, it really struck me how much I felt the lyrics in a different light. As dark and difficult as things can get, we all have this inner power to persevere and pull through. I feel that the desperation and the melancholy of this song are balanced by a ray of hope that runs through it all.”
The band also has created KsE-branded face masks for fans, which are available on its web store at this location.
All profits from sales of these face masks will be donated to NIVA (National Independent Venue Association). The organization is working to help preserve independent venues across the country that are struggling during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about their efforts here.