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The Hymn of a Broken Man
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Times Of Grace finds Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and former KsE vocalist Jesse Leach taking a creative left turn, boldly exploring new musical terrain, while fearlessly digging deep into the recesses of their musical synergy and coming up with a provocative, heavy-yet-melodic result - one that helped each of them overcome personal struggles and emerge from the darkness, more empowered than ever.
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"Hymn Of A Broken Man" does sound like the sequel to "Alive" in places ("Strength In Numbers," "Live In Love," "Hope Remains" and "Worlds Apart" would fit on any Killswitch CD--and there's nothing wrong with that, IMHO) but this album also extends far beyond the metalcore template. "Fight For Life" and "The End Of Eternity" call to mind Tool and (as another reviewer noted) Alice In Chains. "The Forgotten One" is a bluesy, bare-bones acoustic song (and I wish there were more like this one, I love Jesse's vocals here.) "In The Arms Of Mercy" is a heartbreakingly beautiful instrumental. And "Fall From Grace" brings the proceedings to a close with a song that manages to be at once heavy, ethereal and beautiful. Dutkiewicz actually sings lead on "Fall From Grace" and shares lead vocal duties with Leach on several other tracks, notably "The Forgotten One," "Until The End Of Days" and the title song. While he lacks Leach's range and depth, Dutkiewicz's singing here is surprisingly serious and emotional, for a man otherwise known as metal's class clown. Dutkiewicz plays all the instruments and (of course) produces here, and he's built a powerful and solid musical base for Leach's soulful clean singing and piercing screams. Leach's lyrics, steeped in his strong Christian faith, focus on the search for hope and redemption in the midst of loss and despair. He manages to speak to the spiritual longings in all of us without being too preachy, and that's no small feat.
"Hymn Of A Broken Man" was conceived and written during Dutkiewicz's lengthy recovery from emergency surgery for near-crippling back issues, and Leach has said he was battling some demons of his own while making the record. Maybe it's because I've seen some very dark days myself recently (I'm from Tucson...enough said) but this album has really affected me. I can't remember the last time, if ever, that a metal album moved me to tears. This one did.
Could the best metal album of 2011 have just been released? It's quite possible. Times Of Grace has definitely set the bar high for the rest of this year's metal music releases. "Hymn Of A Broken Man" is a profound musical effort, and should be on a lot of "Best Album" lists at the end of the year, and not just for the metal genre.
Enter Times of Grace and "The Hymn of a Broken Man." Call it a debut or a reunion or a supergroup, it really doesn't matter. What Adam and Jesse have given their fans is a dark, furious and beautiful record about adversity, despair and the power of redemption. Hymn is not only a better sounding record than anything Adam or Jesse have done since AOJB, it has a certain weight to it; a depth and sense of naked honesty sorely lacking from other metal records. But you were expecting that. Jesse's voice and delivery take a backseat to noone's. Adam's multi-instrumental talents (he recorded all guitars, bass, drums and wrote most of the lyrics for this record) are matched only by his skill behind a soundboard. Adam D could be the George Martin of Metal.
But perhaps it's where this album defies expectations that it shines the brightest. The thick as molasses bass intro and subsequent slow chug of "Fight for Life" wouldn't sound out of place on an Alice in Chains record. Likewise, on the album's title track and "Live in Love", though they boast some of the album's heaviest and most memorable riffs, they're juxtaposed with Adam and Jesse's beautiful harmonies. "The Forgotten One" may sound more Skynyrd than Slayer but it's followed by the metal juggernaut "Hope Remains".
Somehow the result of all of this musical experimentation if you will is an album that feels remarkably focused. From the march-like drum and wall of guitars intro on "Strength in Numbers" to Adam's final proclomation of "I will love again" on the album's closer "Fall From Grace", every lick, every pinched harmonic seems placed exactly where it belongs; and never over-done. Where instruments and vocals seem to struggle for domination on other records (and become distorted and muted in the process), Adam's superb production provides balance and clarity where there is too often chaos.
In short this album is everything you hoped it would be: Top shelf songwriting, brilliant production and lyrics that matter again. It is now evident that, in the 9 years since Adam and Jesse have recorded together, they were refining their skills as musicians and paving the way for what will be regarded as a landmark metal album in the years to come. To simply call this album great is to do it a great injustice; Hymn is essential.
Musically, it is as good as it gets. from hard heavy-hitters to simple-life, classy acoustic ballads. very well done and extremely HOPEFUL and Destiny-driven rock music. :D
Jesus lives inside all of us, and through Jesus, Jesse has been able to communicate true hope. love, and Destiny :)
i am at my lowest point in life; a new christian or Christ-Follower, few friends and seemingly Zero Hope.. but this album, from God is giving me hope for the future and to push in with STRENGTH. there is ALWAYS a light at the end of that tunnel! DEATH IS VICTORY :) Jesus Lives and Loves.. Love you all :) buy this CD and keep this band on the road and bringing the great message of hope through Jesus to ALL :)