Review TIMES OF GRACE ‘Songs of Loss and Separation’

Times Of Grace is the band of Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach. The starting point of this band was a rather unusual one. Dutkiewicz required an emergency surgery some years ago while being on tour with Killswitch Engage. During his recovery, the guitarist started to work on songs. Later on, Leach joined as singer and Times Of Grace was born.

The debut album ‘The Hymn of a Broken Man’ hit the shelves in 2011 and although being commercially successful, Times Of Grace went on a long hiatus in early 2012 when Leach rejoined Killswitch Engage. During the last years, new life was recognizable in the Times Of Grace’s camp. Some social media posts nurtured the impression of the guys getting together and actually work on new material. It was in June last year, when Leach posted that the new album was completed, and it was in January 2021 when Times Of Grace returned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the debut. A few months further down the road, the longplayer is in the starting blocks, an album entitled ‘Songs of Loss and Separation’.

As the title indicates, the album is a dark one and doesn’t pay too much attention to the bright side of life. Building on the lyrical aspect of inner struggles, Dutkiewicz and Leach use clean vocals, screams and a storytelling approach, like on ‘Far From Heavenless’, to touch the listeners heart and soul. 

‘Songs of Loss and Separation’ isn’t an album for folks, searching for brightness, optimism and positivism. It is melancholy that takes over the biggest part of the album, embracing the songs with a grey shade. ‘Bleed Me’ is one of these songs that pushes wistfulness to the limit. The album is like cold breeze that reaches your ears and goes right into mind and soul with ‘The Burden of Belief’ being the first chapter of chill. ‘Cold’ even reflects this basic mood in the song title before the touching ‘Forever’ closes the books on this album.

It feels like Times Of Grace’s new album is a sort of catalysator for situations in life, Dutkiewicz and Leach had to go through. Grief, gloom and the shades of grey are dominante on Times Of Grace’s sophomore album, a longplayer that is the perfect counterpart to the colorful summer vibe.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. The Burden of Belief
  2. Mend You
  3. Rescue
  4. Far From Heavenless
  5. Bleed Me
  6. Medusa
  7. Currents
  8. To Carry the Weight
  9. Cold
  10. Forever

Label: Wicked Good Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: July 16th, 2021

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