KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz has confirmed that he is working on a new record from TIMES OF GRACE, his collaborative project with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach. "We've got about five songs completed," Adam told Metal Wani in a new interview (hear audio below). "And we don't know if we want to release an EP or try to finish up all the songs together and release a full-length record. But my plan for the rest of the year, when I'm not touring, is to be working exclusively on the TIMES OF GRACE stuff now that the KILLSWITCH one's done. So, yeah, I'm personally really excited to get that record out. It's very different. And it's gonna be a lot of fun."
Earlier in the week, Leach said that he was hoping to complete work on the new TIMES OF GRACE album before the end of 2019.
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.