TIMES OF GRACE — the new project that reteams KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist and producer extraordinaire Adam Dutkiewicz with original KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Jesse Leach — is getting ready to take the show on the road for the very first time. The band will embark on its inaugural tour, beginning February 1 in Baltimore, Marylnand and wrapping up in its native Boston, Massachusetts on February 27. STRAIGHT LINE STITCH and WAR OF AGES will round out the bill, making for an evening of eclectic hard rock and metal.
Commented Leach: "We are excited after all of these years to see TIMES OF GRACE become a live band! We have a solid group of musicians on board and some killer bands in the works. This is shaping up to be a tour to be remembered, and the first that reunites Adam and I on one stage together again! I couldn't be more pleased to present this band to the world."
Added Dutkiewicz: "Jesse and I are wicked excited to be able to bring our songs to fans live...FINALLY after all these years. We hope you all get a chance to check out the record and come sing along with us when we come to a town near you. Thanks to all of those who support this project, and we hope to see you all very soon!"
The dates are as follows:
Feb. 01 - Baltimore, MD @ The Quarter
Feb. 02 - Atlanta, GA @ the Masquerade (downstairs)
Feb. 04 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
Feb. 05 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
Feb. 07 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile
Feb. 08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Feb. 09 - San Francisco, [email protected] Bottom of the Hill
Feb. 11 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Feb. 12 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Ballroom
Feb. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex - Grand Room
Feb. 15 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Feb. 17 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
Feb. 18 - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Feb. 19 - Detroit, MI @ Eagle Theater
Feb. 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Feb. 21 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Feb. 22 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Feb. 24 - West Chester, PA @ The Note
Feb. 25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Feb. 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Feb. 27 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
TIMES OF GRACE's debut album, "The Hymn Of A Broken Man", will land in stores on January 18 via Roadrunner Records.
Dutkiewicz and Leach worked together on KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's benchmark album, 2002's "Alive Or Just Breathing". That record has become definitive for an entire generation of American metal, with Leach's voice and uplifting lyrics serving as one of the key elements that propelled the album to "modern classic" status. Leach, who went on to sing for the more classic-rock leaning SEEMLESS and who currently sings for the metal band THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL, was always remembered fondly by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE fans, even though he left the band shortly after "Alive Or Just Breathing"'s release.
While fans will no doubt be thrilled at the concept of the duo reuniting, TIMES OF GRACE is not interested in fashioning "Alive Or Just Breathing Part II". It's an entirely new project and represents a different musical path for both Adam D. and Leach! It is an album of cleansing and catharsis for each of them, where internal demons were exorcised and set to music that's as aggressive as it is melodic.
"In all my life. I have yet to write a record that bares my soul as much as this record does," Leach said. "Adam and I had a real spiritual connection while making this and I know that it comes through in the performances and lyrics. This record has our blood, sweat and tears flowing through it. It is painfully honest at times. In short this record is our catharsis."
Adam D. also commented on what TIMES OF GRACE means for him personally, saying, "Making this record was something completely new for me. It documents some of the most difficult-yet-spirited times of my life in the past three-and-a-half years. A lot of the music and lyrics just came out of me while going through several internal struggles, and writing these songs were the only comfort I could find. I reached out to Jesse to help sing and write these songs with me because of my respect for his musical abilities, and because of our great friendship...one that seems to not change no matter what happens in our lives. In the end, I am very proud of this record, and I feel it has helped me through some of my darkest days. I'm hoping that people will enjoy it, and also that it can maybe help others to keep the most positive mindset, even through the most trying of times."
The track listing for the album is as follows; the song titles reflect the sentiment of catharsis that is the common thread running through "The Hymn of a Broken Man".
01. Strength In Numbers
02. Fight For Life
04. Where The Spirit Leads Me
05. Until The End Of Days
06. Live In Love
07. In The Arms Of Mercy
08. Hymn Of A Broken Man
09. The Forgotten One
10. Hope Remains
11. The End Of Eternity
12. Worlds Apart
13. Fall From Grace
"Where The Spirit Leads Me" video:
"Strength In Numbers" video: