Times of Grace, the band featuring Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach and guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, recently wrapped up recording their new album and accompanying EP. Leach tells Revolver the new album is a lot less metalcore and a lot more "genuine heavy metal" mixed in with experimental rock and roll.
"It's definitely different from the last record. We decided to really sort of set ourselves apart from the Killswitch sound. I think the last record had a lot of Killswitch in it, and we made a conscious departure to write more artistically indulgent songs, a little more rock-orientated, some post-metal, I guess, if you will — effects-driven guitars, very big, atmospheric-sounding stuff and acousticy, more blues, rock-driven stuff as well. So there's less of the quote-unquote metalcorish genre and more of a genuine heavy metal, rock and roll experimental record.
"And I'm super stoked on it — I'm very proud of it. And I will say this too — Adam takes center stage a lot more on this record. It's very much a 50/50 album when it comes to vocals. You're gonna hear a lot more of Adam's voice, and he has come such a long way with his voice and his lyrics. I'm so proud of him. I think it's the best work that we have done as musicians in this particular genre ever, I would say."
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.