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The Hymn Of A Broken Man [CD+DVD]

Times of Grace Audio CD
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When reality becomes fragmented, confusing and splintered; when life as you know it falls apart; when existence itself becomes a burden, there is hope.

Times Of Grace's debut album, The Hymn of a Broken Man, explores the depths of human misery with artful desperation, muscular dexterity, heavy aggression and gorgeous melody. The band's inaugural presentation is as rich and ... Read more in Amazon's Times of Grace Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B0049SPAQI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
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Disc: 2
1. Main Menu Page Loop [Fight For Life]
2. Video Selection Page Menu Loop [In The Arms Of Mercy]
3. Strength In Numbers
4. Fight For Life
5. Willing
6. Where The Spirit Leads Me
7. Until The End Of Days
8. Live In Love
9. In The Arms Of Mercy
10. Hymn Of A Broken Man
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BBC Review

When Killswitch Engage catapulted themselves to the fore of the metalcore scene they’d helped create a decade ago, there was much promise. That pressure quickly told however, as vocalist/lyricist Jesse Leach left the band soon after their breakthrough, seminal 2002 album Alive or Just Breathing. Virtuoso guitarist (and then-drummer) Adam Dutkiewicz remained, but the inimitable synergy between the two has been missing from the rock scene ever since.

That inventive and grandiose blend of heavy metal and hardcore allied with beautifully tortured lyrics delivered with the zest and passion of a man who truly had a message is back in Times of Grace. Make no mistake, though – The Hymn of a Broken Man is by no means a carbon copy of Killswitch Engage. Dreamt up in 2007 by Adam D whilst incapacitated following excruciating back surgery and featuring Leach’s highly politicised and spiritual lyrics, the theme is one of pain and how to deal with it via the medium of music. It’s dark but not relentlessly brutal. It’s even more introspective and dynamic than the pair’s collaborations from the first time around.

Strength in Numbers opens the album with military drumming and furious calls-to-arms before Dutkiewicz’s machine gun guitar and Leach’s bitter wails kick in. If you didn’t know better, you’d wonder if you hadn’t walked into a war zone; but then the soaring harmonies of Fight for Life showcase another side to their talents before the livid thrash of Willing bursts out. The central couplet of Until the End of Days and Live in Love juxtapose the two sides of Times of Grace perfectly. While the former is a master class in mixing ambient restraint and chugging malice, the latter is quintessential metalcore that will both bring back old memories as well as forming new ones. The title-track is as beautifully cathartic as one might expect.

It would be folly to suggest that Times of Grace have produced an album for anyone but the many early Killswitch Engage fans. But considering that those vaguely interested in the metalcore genre are, at the very least, appreciative of KSE’s first two albums, Leach and Dutkiewicz may well get the chance to succeed with this new project – and it’s success that they richly deserve.

--Raziq Rauf

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4.0 out of 5 stars Strength in Less Numbers 16 Mar 2011
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Billed by Dutkiewicz as pushing musical boundaries, Hymn of a Broken Man sadly cannot live up to its creator's hyperbole. If you are familiar with Killswitch Engage then you will be familiar with Times of Grace. Nevertheless, despite its lack of musical depth, it is a very strong effort that smacks of introspection and melancholy but in an uplifting way. And it's great to hear Jesse Leach again, making me hark back to the days of a pre-Howard Jones KSE when they were musically edgier and pioneers of their sub-genre. Dutkiewicz's trademark heavy chops and note-perfect harmonics are still a thing of beauty; the man can write a serious tune, belieing his comical on-stage presence at live shows. Hymn of A Broken Man is almost a KSE album in sound, bar a few tracks, and it is fair to say that it is actually markedly better than their most recent, self-titled release (as of 2011).

The single, 'Strength in Numbers' does remind of the opener from Alive or Just Breathing. It is not as good but still rouses sufficiently and has a great, chant-worthy chorus. 'Fight for Life' is good but not as good as the opener. Another decent chorus but nothing with any great staying power. 'Willing' is another single-like track, formulaic and safe but ultimately hits all the right buttons. It sounds like a sub KSE track but it is still very good. One of the best tracks here is yet another contender for next single, 'Where The Spirit Leads Me'. It is no different in method from the opening track or 'Willing' but has a far stronger chorus and a more purposeful atmosphere. 'Until the End of Days' plods a bit. The verses are quite lovely, utilising a softer, acoustic feel but the screaming chorus grates in comparison. It's been done better before. 'Live in Love' is very KSE-feeling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strength in Numbers 17 Jan 2011
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As the drums fade in like the march of a vast army approaching, Jesse Leach provides a stirring short speech reminiscent of such found on `Alive or just Breathing's' `Numbered Days` with a pulsating guitar solo. This time though it is `Strength in Numbers' the first track and single from the album, that he proclaims "we must unite mankind" telling you that the writing material is still the same and so is the fire with which he delivers the message. `The Hymn of a Broken man' sees Jesse, ex-Killswitch Engage front man provide vocals and lyrics for what is essentially Adam Dutkiewicz' baby in Times of Grace. "Uplift my spirit, so I carry on." is beautifully bellowed out in the chorus of a rough, chugging ,riff driven `Fight for life`. Track three is when elements of Killswitch engage creep in, along with the first sounds of sadness and less ferocious vocals amongst a rapid guitar riff in `Willing'. Predictably though the next two tracks fade into a backlog best left for the next Killswitch album. There is no doubting Adam D's writing ability but there is always going to be the same essence in his work that can be likened to past work, with similar chugging riffs accompanied by double bass drums and brief vocals before a chorus, slapped with autotune. The fifth track has to be the least enjoyable, a slow paced, downtrodden verse rings out before a forceful screaming chorus moves in. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love KSE you will love this. 9 May 2014
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I love Killswitch, particularly the albums from the Howard Jones years however the return of Jesse Leach has rejuvenated the band. This album distills all of the best bits of KSE into one album. It's excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 7 Dec 2013
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the music is amazing, and the words in the music is so inspiring! such a great album, really want to see them live now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hymn Of A Broken Man 27 Aug 2013
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One of the best albums I've bought for a long time!
There isn't a bad song on it!
Buy It!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy you won't be disappointed! 30 May 2013
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What can I say but for me this is one of the best albums I've listen too for a long time!
Jessie and Adam back together and for me the album is better than any of there previous work done together or apart!
The album has great structure and balance lyrics and musically its just fantastic!
Yes I know that Jessie is back in K.S.I. but I hope that this album is not a one off!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever? 21 Jun 2012
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I bought this when it first came out and I can honestly say hand on heart this is my favorite album of all time. I hadn't even listened to Killswitch Engage before but really could there be any better introduction to Jesse Leach, Adam Dutkiewicz and metalcore than this? The lyrics are deep and meaningful and delivered with the kind of passion only Jesse Leach can and when coupled with Adam's signature guitar style produce this amazing album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful Time and Time and Time Again 19 Jan 2011
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First off, I'd like to rant on how this was delivered to me TWO DAYS LATE despite the fact I pre-ordered this time a month and a half before release...seriously I thought Amazon were fast but still =/

Anyway, rant over, down the the meat of things; Times of Grace is the duo of Adam D and Jesse Leach. Now where have you heard those names before? Killswitch Engage, mainly with Jesse Leach being the original vocalist before passing the position on to Howard Jones in 2004, and currently vocalist for The Empire Shall Fall; and Adam D being Killswitch's current guitarist.

Now you're thinking...Killswitch without Adam D!? It's the apocalypse!

Don't worry Killswitch fans, Adam D hasn't left! Beginning this project a few years back, it was something that he wanted to do, along with Jesse, who he contacted and asked to do the vocals. Remember Alive or Just Breathing? The album that launched Killswitch into the big game? Well if you loved that album, then this is the companion album that most diehard fans have been wanting. Don't get me wrong, End of Heartache and Daylight Dies have been two fantastic albums!!!

But are you getting another AOJB? The answer is no; what you're getting here is a mix of Rock, Metal, Punk, Indie and even 'shoegaze'. With soaring guitars, powerful melodies and a nice welcome back to Jesse whose screams dominate the album in places, The Hymm of a Broken Man really shows us how far the boundaries of Metal as a genre can be pushed, and hopefully gives new and inspiring artists a taste of what the future of metal should look like. From the opening "Strength in Numbers" to the darkness of "End of Days", the power ballad that is "Worlds Apart" and the country-esque influenced "The Forgotten One", it's an album thats not afraid to show itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hymn of a broken man
what can i say about this album it is great it takes a few listens but then you are hooked. jessies voice teamed with adams guitar riffs is awesome. Read more
Published on 10 April 2011 by kez
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
This album is the best album I have bought in as long as I can remember. I've got it in my car and it comes on every time I drive anywhere (i.e. I've listened to it a lot! Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2011 by jggparis
Original KSE vocalist Jesse Leach and current KSE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz have teamed up here to create the first Times Of Grace album. I'll cut to the chase here, it's STUNNING. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by Mr. Christopher Frior
5.0 out of 5 stars Wowzer
What an album. Some of the best songs i've heard for quite a while.
THE ALBUM of the year so far
Published on 27 Jan 2011 by D. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Back Together!
When any band launches a side project it's always interesting to see if the new sound will be any good. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by Assunta
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut album
Great début album from two metal heavy weights!! Jesse and Adam have made an amazing album which sounds like musical heaven and last time they did that was when they both... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by Bagstar
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good!!! ... very good!!
I took a chance on buying this album simply because I was in the music store and I was attracted to the album cover. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2011 by ChrisR
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