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    Times Of Grace - Songs Of Loss And Separation

    Not sure if there were any fans of the first album they did, but that album came out exactly when I needed it to and helped me through a rough time. I knew they've been sitting on a new one for a while but found out this week it was getting released Friday and then I saw the fucking title; Songs Of Loss And Separation.

    Ya fuckin' kidding me?

    Given the current state of my life, this is one of those things that the Universe just put in front of me and I'll take it as exactly that. I've had a few listens through and while it's not as heavy as the first one, it's so fucking cathartic I can barely make it through it. Both Jesse and Adam went through a divorce recently and this album is pretty much dealing with exactly that.

    Just figured if there were any fans of the first one, they might dig this one and since it shot out a bit under the radar I'd make a post. Adam sings on it a lot more, almost 50/50 with Jesse. It's nothing like a Killswitch album, absolutely nothing like that. Much closer to a rock record than metal. Great production as usual from Adam, just not the metal thing he normally does.

    The playlist of the new album is here-

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...VfnRqOZJB4_4K4

    I mean, JFC, this song is the last 17 months to a motherfucking T

    Last edited by RevDrucifer; 07-17-2021, 09:53 PM.
    The Karmic Law is not kismet. It is not fate but cause and effect. It is a taskmaster to the unwise; a servant to the wise.

    #2
    Kinda dug it. The first 2 tracks sounded pretty good. It's hard not to draw a Nickelback parallel, but these guys are obviously talented. I may check out more, since I'm probably not going to write songs about my own pain. May as well listen to theirs.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Ken View Post
      Kinda dug it. The first 2 tracks sounded pretty good. It's hard not to draw a Nickelback parallel, but these guys are obviously talented. I may check out more, since I'm probably not going to write songs about my own pain. May as well listen to theirs.
      The first album hits a bit harder musically and there's some fucking choruses on there that are just perfect choruses. I know Killswitch ain't everyone's bag, but this project is pretty different. There's definitely some elements of KsE in there, but overall, it's got a much deeper vibe than you're standard metalcore.





      Jesse's vocals shine on these albums so much more than the KsE stuff, just so much more soulful. I see that dude in interviews and get the feeling I wouldn't enjoy hanging out with him, but the dude is an outstanding fucking vocalist and can convey exactly what the song needs.
      The Karmic Law is not kismet. It is not fate but cause and effect. It is a taskmaster to the unwise; a servant to the wise.

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        #4
        hym of a broken man is one of my favorite albums of all time.

        but again, i feel like I 'expect' Jess's vocals to be awesome, but what always hits me is Adam's vocals and harmonies.

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          #5
          Same here. I'm a huge killswitch engage fan, but I'm an even bigger times of grace fan.

          The first album is easily in my top 3 albums ever. Every song on there was perfect.

          I've only given the new album one play through as I've not had time to give it a proper listen and I wanted to properly take it in. But I love it so far. It's got everything I loved from the first album, and it feels like it's ventured a but further away from the typical killswitch sound this time. The production is great too.

          Rev, did you ever check out Adam Ds other side project serpentine dominion? It had corpse grinder on vocals, and was fucking awesome. Highly recommended if you havent 👍 and it's a pretty quick run through at 25ish minutes.

          https://youtu.be/TjrJv2L-7rA

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            #6
            Originally posted by Adam View Post
            Same here. I'm a huge killswitch engage fan, but I'm an even bigger times of grace fan.

            The first album is easily in my top 3 albums ever. Every song on there was perfect.

            I've only given the new album one play through as I've not had time to give it a proper listen and I wanted to properly take it in. But I love it so far. It's got everything I loved from the first album, and it feels like it's ventured a but further away from the typical killswitch sound this time. The production is great too.

            Rev, did you ever check out Adam Ds other side project serpentine dominion? It had corpse grinder on vocals, and was fucking awesome. Highly recommended if you havent 👍 and it's a pretty quick run through at 25ish minutes.

            https://youtu.be/TjrJv2L-7rA
            I just found out about it this week listening to a podcast he did! I didn’t even know it existed! Then there’s some other pre-KSE project he had with his brother that ended up having them touring in Japan, I’d be interested to hear that just to hear the evolution of his work.

            IMO, The End Of Heartache was The Black Album of the 00’s; every production after that album was trying to be that album in the context of modern metal. While I know Sneap mixed it, Adam definitely played a big hand in it and their albums always sound great.

            Ya know, I’d probably say that first ToG album is in my top 3-5, just for the outlet it provided alone, but musically it IS fucking perfect. The only part that drives me nuts is Adam’s overuse of auto-tune, which I have to assume he just laughs at because it’s so over the top. There’s that one song where after the bridge he comes in with that “Will you save me” and it sounds like a fuckin’ robot with auto-tune on it. (1:40 in “Where The Spirit Leads Me” above)

            Production is outstanding on the new one. He said they definitely wanted more of a rock vibe than a metal vibe on it and he really relied on the sound of the drum room to shape everything. Shit, if KsE stopped putting out albums and they just focused on Times Of Grace, I wouldn’t complain at all. I didn’t really dig the last KsE album, but it might have just been timing.
            The Karmic Law is not kismet. It is not fate but cause and effect. It is a taskmaster to the unwise; a servant to the wise.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Briansol View Post
              hym of a broken man is one of my favorite albums of all time.

              but again, i feel like I 'expect' Jess's vocals to be awesome, but what always hits me is Adam's vocals and harmonies.
              They’re really great together. I’ve often gotten the idea when watching Jesse in interviews that I wouldn’t get along with him as a person, but then the dude writes these lyrics that are just spot on with something I’m going through and he’s such an emotive vocalist that I’m jealous of the dude’s ability to deliver emotion like that. The melodies that dude comes up with, ESPECIALLY on Hymn Of A Broken man record, goddamn, every chorus is just a banger.
              The Karmic Law is not kismet. It is not fate but cause and effect. It is a taskmaster to the unwise; a servant to the wise.

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                #8
                Originally posted by RevDrucifer View Post

                IMO, The End Of Heartache was The Black Album of the 00’s; every production after that album was trying to be that album in the context of modern metal. While I know Sneap mixed it, Adam definitely played a big hand in it and their albums always sound great.
                Absolutely agree with you on that one. I mean, how many youtube re-amp demos are out there using those Rose of Sharyn or Holy Diver DIs? its pretty laughable at this point!

                this was also very interesting - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hOLO9TlCy8 - sylistically not something i'd go for, but i couldnt stop listening to this when I first discovered it.


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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Adam View Post

                  Absolutely agree with you on that one. I mean, how many youtube re-amp demos are out there using those Rose of Sharyn or Holy Diver DIs? its pretty laughable at this point!

                  this was also very interesting - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hOLO9TlCy8 - sylistically not something i'd go for, but i couldnt stop listening to this when I first discovered it.

                  I really dug that! Not what I was expecting at all!
                  The Karmic Law is not kismet. It is not fate but cause and effect. It is a taskmaster to the unwise; a servant to the wise.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by RevDrucifer View Post

                    I really dug that! Not what I was expecting at all!
                    I know! its a great cover

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by RevDrucifer View Post
                      if KsE stopped putting out albums and they just focused on Times Of Grace, I wouldn’t complain at all. I didn’t really dig the last KsE album, but it might have just been timing.
                      same.

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