Heavy metal band Times Of Grace lower the pace on their Songs Of Loss And Separation, but this does not taint its progression and relevance; it gives people the chance to hear a more sincere side to the American band. Led by Killswitch Engage vocalist and main lyricist Jesse Leach, the act desires strength and aches painfully, pushing grievances like shopping carts into the middle point of chaos.
Perfectly loud at points and generously slow when need be, the record pulsates, gravitating towards subtlety. Jesse Leach also sings with authority when he needs to, cramming in words that resonate and validate, lyrics that are not mass produced or exaggerated. He knows how mental health can numb and be debilitating, how a mind can control your ways of life. And within the ranks too, we have guitar wizard Adam Dutkiewicz who plays resolutely and creatively, offering his discerning attributes to the cause. Behind the words and Jesse Leach’s vocals, he shreds and inspires.
Songs Of Loss And Separation is a behemoth record for the band. A solid output and not a flash in the pan. Every track has its place, every track has meaning, and they are all triumphant. Some raucously fire up the hearts, some sooth the minds, but they are all interwoven to create a desirable story.
“The Burden Of Belief” starts the record off slowly. It showcases Leech’s empowering vocals and riveting lyricism. He raises his voice at moments and the guitar sound is fresh and daring. “Rescue” is the loudest, fiercest song on the record, embodying everything the band has worked towards. The screams are needed and represented. “Currents” begins with raised percussion and Leech sings angrily at the state of the world, claiming that the daylight is the only cure. “To Carry The Weight” is a sincere song fluttering with a chorus fit for an arena setting.
Times Of Grace is a sincere band trying to make it through the day unscathed. Their music speaks to the people too. Follow them on Instagram.