KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz spoke to the "Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall" podcast about the progress of the recording sessions for the new album from TIMES OF GRACE, his collaborative project with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach.
"We are working on it right now," he said. "It's been tough working on it, because we've been pulled between so many things, in between tours, now that the [new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE] record's coming out. But I have been in the midst of working on it for, God, like years now, and it's just finding the time to get it done. I've got about five or six songs pretty much almost finished, but I'm waiting on Jesse, wanting to talk to him more about some vocal parts. I don't feel like singing the whole thing myself, because I think my voice sounds like dick. I wanna make sure I give Jesse a big part of the record. And once again, having him find time to do it as well has been pretty tough. So, we're getting there. I'm hoping by the end of this year it'll be completed. We'll see."
Dutkiewicz recently told Metal Wani that TIMES OF GRACE might release a new EP instead of a full-length album. He also called the project's new music "very different."
TIMES OF GRACE originally entered Signature Sound studio in San Diego, California in late 2017 to begin recording material for its new LP. Sitting behind the drum kit during the sessions was Dan Gluszak, who previously played drums for TIMES OF GRACE on tour and has since been named an official member of the band.
Two years ago, Leach said that TIMES OF GRACE's new material was "shaping up to be a whole different world of sound and words. I will be using different melodic registers and less growl substituted by more 'melodic yelling,'" he said. "The lyrics are primarily quite melancholy so far but most of my lyrics often do begin that way and find light as the process unfolds."
Dutkiewicz previously revealed that he had demoed more than a dozen tracks for the next TIMES OF GRACE album.
TIMES OF GRACE's debut album, "The Hymn Of A Broken Man", was released in January 2011 via Roadrunner Records. The CD sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 44 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Leach told Lithium Magazine in 2016 that "the cool thing about TIMES OF GRACE is that it's another outlet for us, and moving forward with that project, it's gonna be even more different from KILLSWITCH. There's gonna be no quote-unquote metalcore sound going on. As a matter of fact, I'm planning on not doing much aggressive vocals at all."
Dutkiewicz and Leach originally 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 left KILLSWITCH ENGAGE shortly after "Alive Or Just Breathing"'s release but rejoined the group in early 2012 following the departure of his replacement, Howard Jones.