BAND FEATURES KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’S JESSE LEACH AND ADAM DUTKIEWICZ
“Atmospheric and melodic” — Brooklyn Vegan
“A beautifully introspective set… 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
“It’s worth the ten year wait without question” – Powerplay
“Expansive, captivating and truly engrossing, the wait has been worth it” – Distorted Sound
“Times Of Grace have more than justified their return here” – Metal Hammer
TIMES OF GRACE, featuring Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage, released their long-awaited second album Songs Of Loss And Separation earlier this summer.
Today, the band has shared the virtual performance video for “The Burden Of Belief.” Watch it here.
It will tide fans, who are itching to see the band live, over… for now!
“‘Burden’ was one of the songs we originally thought really represented our newer album’s sound overall,” says Leach. “I could also always hear it like an acoustic song in my head, similar to ‘The Forgotten One.’ Perhaps someday we will do just that, but in the meantime, an ‘at home’ performance of the song felt like a cool thing to put out there. I really enjoyed setting a vibe and just belting it out. The song has such a deep meaning for me — hell, the whole album does. But there was always something about this song from the first time I heard the demos.”
“This is a version of ‘The Burden of Belief’ performed as it would be live, but done separately from our homes,” adds Dutkiewicz. “Obviously, we’ll need a bass player and second guitarist to help out for the real deal. We hope to bring this song, and many more, to your town at some point in the future.”
Songs Of Loss And Separation is out now via the band’s own imprint label, Wicked Good Records, distributed by ADA worldwide.
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, Rock Sound, Guitarist, Metal Hammer, Kerrang! and many others. It wilfully 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, mid-tempo 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 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.