BAND FEATURES KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’S JESSE LEACH AND ADAM DUTKIEWICZ
“atmospheric and melodic” — Brooklyn Vegan
“the shades of grey shapeshift and collide with the electric power of clouds in a thunderstorm” — Kerrang!
“…the songs are nearly all of such quality, and so emotionally fitting for these turbulent times, that even sneering cynics might struggle to keep the tears in” — Blabbermouth
TIMES OF GRACE, featuring Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage, have released their eagerly awaited second album Songs of Loss and Separationtoday, July 16, via the band’s own imprint label, Wicked Good Records, distributed by ADA Worldwide. A decade removed from their debut album The Hymn of a Broken Man, Songs of Loss and Separation brings the emotionally charged intensity, artistic passion, and heartfelt lyrics that fans have grown to expect from Times of Grace. Brand new merch and exclusive limited vinyl offerings are available at the band’s D2C store.
To celebrate the album’s bow, the trio has just shared the video for the fourth single “Mend You.” It’s an impactful song about love, loss — and ultimately — personal redemption. The video was directed by Nick Hipa and was shot in the beautiful landscape of Joshua Tree, California.
“‘Mend You’ is about finding yourself at a loss for words,” shares Leach. “It’s about the struggle to come to terms with an unraveling and falling apart. It is also about finding the will to carry on and stay loyal to your own heart, even when no one else seems to understand what you are going through. It’s a song about the journey of finding a way to mend wounds and in time find a deeper sense of self love.”
Dutkiewicz, who produced Songs of Loss and Separation as well as the band’s debut, adds, “‘Mend You’ is one of my favorites since the lyrics can mean different things to different people — and I know these hit our drummer Dan at an important time in his life.”
Drummer Dan Glezak addresses this assertion and the song’s effect on him, saying, “This is probably the most emotionally-charged song on the record for me. Adam sent me a mix and I felt the instrumental section in the bridge could use a sample. I remembered a voice note that I sent to someone, which was saved on my phone, and it fell perfectly in line with Jesse’s lyrics. Initially, I was scared to use something so personal, but the guys liked it, so it stuck. It’s still really hard for me to hear this song but it’s one of my favorites.”
Times of Grace also recently shared the video for “Rescue,” which debuted in the UK earlier this month on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter. Watch and listen here.
Overall, Times of Grace are thrilled that the album has finally made its way out into the world.
“I truly hope this album helps people as much as it helped me while writing and creating it,” Leach notes. “This album is such a catharsis and a labor of passion. I feel we have made something unique and purpose-driven. I am honored to be a part of this as it has given me a voice to speak my story alongside Adam and his. Through the difficult process of writing these lyrics and putting our pain to music, it has breathed new life and purpose into me. I am grateful this has finally been able to be shared with the world.” Dutkiewicz concurs, “After 10 years, I’m happy to finally share these songs with everyone. It’s truly a labor of love. It felt liberating to work on something so different from Killswitch Engage. Thanks for checking it out.”
ABOUT TIMES OF GRACE:
The band’s debut album The Hymn of a Broken Man arrived in 2011, nearly a decade after Leach’s exit from Killswitch Engage, the pivotal New Wave of American Heavy Metal band the duo co-founded with friends in 1999. The first music from Times of Grace materialized during Dutkiewicz’s arduous recovery from near-crippling back surgery. A collection of songs the multi-instrumentalist and producer knew would suit his once and future bandmate. The first album earned acclaim from BBC Music, The Aquarian, and Rock Sound. It willfully upended expectations, with flourishes of shoegaze and ambiance in its songs.
Now, 10 years after Times of Grace first surfaced, the eagerly awaited follow-up arrives.
Comfortably stretched beyond the parameters of what came before, without sacrificing an ounce of integrity, Times of Grace weave between pensive, heavy, midtempo rock, riffs, and atmosphere. The pair’s vocal interplay makes for a rich, dense, and enthralling concoction, powering through various trips through dark nights of the soul and mind-expanding excursions into the wild. Songs of Loss and Separation benefits wildly from the powerhouse performance of ex-Envy On The Coast drummer Dan Gluszak, who toured behind the first album and is now an official member of the band.
The sprawling second album from Times of Grace, with a stunning album cover painted by John McCormack and album art layout by Tom Bejgrowicz, channels a dissonant, menacing, and unrelenting depression. Haunting romanticism and deep spiritual yearning collide in beautiful melancholy. It’s a diverse but singular statement, like the most beloved work of classic bands. Songs of Loss and Separation, insistent in its bluesiness, bleeds distortion and emotion, like a nerve, exposed.