Times of Grace, the band featuring Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach and guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, is done with their first new album in nine years. Leach told Mosh Talks With Beez that Times of Grace recorded enough material for a full-length and an EP, though the latter might not see the light of day.
"The Times of Grace record is done," he said. "We have enough songs for a full-length record and then enough songs for an EP afterwards, if we choose to… We've decided to separate the two batches of songs. It's done and done, and I'm extremely proud of it, and I think it's probably the best record that Adam and I have ever done in our careers. Not only because it's something we're proud of lyrically and what it stands for, and it's much different from the first record — I just think because it's diverse. It shows a little bit more of a rock side, a little bit more of a stoner, post-metal side, it shows more blues. It gave us freedom to just do whatever we wanted to do. That, and Adam took the reins on… I wanna say half the record is him leading and half is me, and then we come together on songs. So you're gonna hear a lot more of Adam's creativity in his voice. And I wrote a couple of songs that he sang, and he brought a whole different light to it. So I'm extremely proud of that."
Leach later added he hopes the album will come out this year, though there's still some planning to do.
"I hope so. We're pacing ourselves. We're trying to be smart with how we're gonna put it out, how we're gonna present it. The last record, there was a lot of visuals to accompany the record. I wanna make sure we roll it out in a very sort of artistic way. I want nothing more than people to get the chills on their arm and the back of their neck when they get that first taste of what we're going for. So we're working diligently behind the scenes. We're gonna find a home on a record label. We're gonna do it independently, but it must be to a certain standard. Hell, we've waited this long to put this thing out, so we're gonna make sure when we roll it out, it's exactly how we want it to be rolled out, with the artwork and the feel and the vibe. I just want it to be something so different and hopefully refreshing to the music community, something that people don't see coming. We'll see what happens."
The new Times of Grace album is only the band's second, but their first to feature both Dutkiewicz and Leach while they're in Killswitch Engage. The first Times of Grace album happened when Howard Jones was fronting Killswitch Engage.