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The Hymn of a Broken Man


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1. Strength In Numbers
2. Fight For Life
3. Willing
4. Where The Spirit Leads Me
5. Until The End Of Days
6. Live In Love
7. In The Arms Of Mercy
8. Hymn Of A Broken Man
9. The Forgotten One
10. Hope Remains
11. The End Of Eternity
12. Worlds Apart
13. Fall From Grace

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Profound And Heavy "Hymn" For Our Times Jan. 18 2011
By D'Ann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When Killswitch Engage guitarist, songwriter, producer and all-around metalcore mastermind Adam Dutkiewicz teamed with vocalist Jesse Leach to create Times Of Grace, many probably expected the results to sound like "Alive Or Just Breathing, Part II." Leach, after all, fronted Killswitch Engage on that breakthrough CD, only to leave the band just a few months later. He was replaced by Howard Jones, and the rest, as they say, is history. (Meanwhile Leach, who suffered from voice problems during his time with Killswitch, learned some proper vocal technique and went on to sing for the criminally unappreciated Seemless.)

"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.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Metal: Reborn Jan. 18 2011
By Khyron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Back in 2002 a little-known metal band from Massachusetts quiety released one of the most important and influential metal records of the decade. Fast forward to 2011 and Killswitch Engage's "Alive or Just Breathing" is heralded as a watershed moment for the burgeoning metal/hardcore scene. Unfortunately for fans it marked the last time that Jesse Leach, the band's lyricist and vocalist, would record with Adam D and Killswitch. Leach abruptly left the group, withdrawing himself from music altogether for several years. In his place the band hired Howard Jones who, while a gifted vocalist in his own right, never really seemed to fill Jesse's shoes. Though Killswitch continued to refine their sound, record powerful songs and play to ever larger audiences, for many fans, the band had lost something irreplaceable.

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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Jan. 18 2011
By Jesse Lemons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is pretty much how I knew I would react to this album, ever since I found out of it's existence two years ago. From beginning to end it's so perfect, and I don't know how it's possible but it gets better and better every time I hear it. And I literally have every chorus stuck in my head for daaaaays. It's almost what I'd call a musical spiritual successor to Alive or Just Breathing from Killswitch Engage. All the same elements are there, just built into a new broader direction. Adam D's unique songwriting is still present, and Jesse Leach's vocals still give goosebumps. From what I've heard, this album was meant to cross the lines of several genres, and it does that without sounding forced, and staying true to the style. And because of that, I'm hoping it will help spark interest in metal music again from those outside of that scene. So buy this album (if it sounds like something you will like, then you will) and play it for your friends, your girlfriend, your wife, your parents, anyone who will appreciate it for what it's worth, a beautiful heavy record.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Eloquently Intense SPIRIT-FILLED RAWK! July 28 2011
By Tommy- Christ Rep - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
WOW! haha my God, this album is so amazing. Jesse, the vocalist, is extremely poetic and bold in his lyrics of triumph and victory over hard times and life struggles. Jesus is the reason he is living, and Jesus' Spirit is ALIVE inside Jesse; a true, anti-religious Christian :)

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 :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When Music has the power to define your mood and mindset Jan. 18 2014
By B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
O. M. G.

The metal in this album was so heavy and the rifts so clean and sharp, I had to be careful not to get paper cuts in my ears!

When Dutkiewicz and Leech thought it was necessary to create a spinoff band so as not to interfere with the sound and fanbase they had with Killswitch Engage, they made the biggest mistake of their lives. They also made one of the sickest albums known to man. The Hymn of a Broken man is, by a long way, more of a Killswitch Album than Disarm the Descent will ever be in my, and I'm pretty sure in the worlds opinion as well.

Infact I found myself coming to listen to this album more than Disarm to get my Killswitch fix as I'm sure many of you have done as well. This is nothing short of a masterpiece and If you listened to these songs and found difficulty finding things to criticize, believe me, you are not alone. Adam and Jesse poured their hearts and souls into this record and it shows.

This record was used by them to purify their spirits, to strip old scars away to make room for new beginnings but somehow, they thought nobody would notice and maybe they thought it would only have this effect on them. A full 5 star rating from more than half of the reviewers who listened to this album says otherwise.

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