"The way the whole thing fell into my lap was so unique; it just happened," explains Times of Grace's Adam D. "I wrote the whole album in my brain with all of the lyric and melody ideas in order to keep my mind off all the negative stuff happening at the time."
The negative stuff in question was emergency back surgery that barred Adam from touring with his main band, Killswitch Engage in 2007. From that time spent in a hospital bed came Times of Grace, and with the help of original Killswitch frontman Jesse Leach taking over lyrics and vocals, the project was brought to life.
Of the forthcoming debut album The Hymn of a Broken Man, ARTISTdirect.com writes, "Times of Grace walk the line between calculated modern thrash and airy elegant alternative. Duktiewicz's riffs hit with smart bomb-style precision before subsiding into moody ethereal textures through cuts like 'Until the End of Days' and 'Fall From Grace.' Meanwhile, Dutkiewicz's longtime collaborator, Jesse Leach, delivers pummeling poetry about finding faith again. It's that explosive dual assault between Leach and Dutkiewicz which makesThe Hymn of a Broken Man purely indestructible and unforgettable. This is one of the most anticipated heavy metal records of 2011, and it delivers tenfold on every promise and more."
ARTISTdirect.com sat down with Adam D. to learn more about his personal struggles in making the album. Read an excerpt from the extensive interview below and go RIGHT HERE to read the full feature.
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Did you have one cohesive vision for The Hymn of a Broken Man from the beginning or did it come together piece by piece?

No, it was completely a vision. The way the whole thing fell into my lap was so unique; it just happened. In 2007, I had emergency surgery in London, and I ended up writing pretty much the whole record from a hospital bed. It's a bit ridiculous [Laughs]. It was almost like a stream of consciousness, starting with me being laid up in the hospital. I was bummed out at the thought of losing my job, having to think about a new career, never touring again, and staying off the road because of the risk of injury. I wrote the whole album in my brain with all of the lyric and melody ideas in order to keep my mind off all the negative stuff happening at the time. It was this selfish little thing in my brain. After I got home, I realized I needed some help with the lyrics and singing duties because I'm not that good of a lyricist or a singer. I called Jesse for some help. That's probably why it does feel cohesive. It was this positive forward motion in my head. Music has always been like my crutch in life. It's the thing that's always there. It's my bitch [Laughs]. 

Did these ideas stir in your head for a couple of years?

They were sitting around for a little while. To be honest, the thing that really saved me was having a mini tape recorder that I could sing any ideas I had into. I could spit out those ideas so I wouldn't forget them after I actually got home. I was in London for about two weeks after the surgery because I wasn't able to fly. You're supposed to give your back a little time to recover before you can get up or stand. You're literally bed-ridden. After two weeks, I flew home. I was able to put ideas down on that little tape recorder. Once I was mobile and actually able to get out of bed, I went to demo stuff whenever I possibly could.

This was quite the labor for you. 

Yeah, a little bit. It was always there. There was never any real rush. It was something that I wanted to do on my own for myself. The reason it took four years to do is I always try to make Killswitch Engage my priority. I've been really busy with all that other stuff. Killswitch is taking a little bit of a break and getting some down time because we've been touring so damn much. I was like, "Now is the time for me to get this thing out there."

Was the chemistry between you and Jesse instant again?

Yeah, it was a piece of cake. Jesse and I have been the best of friends for years and years. It was literally one of the easiest things ever. We're family. It was like brothers trying to make music together.

It's a very urgent, in the moment record.

That's how it was brought together even though it took four years to make.

What's the story behind "Until the End of Days?"

Well, it's about a lot of stuff. Most importantly, it's about losing faith and finding comfort and solace. You're feeling your life wither away, physically, mentally, and spiritually. It's finding reassurance and feeling a path.

Is there one theme throughout the whole record?

Of course! There are a lot of themes, but there is a main theme. That one vision is—through a lot of awful things that can happen in your life—there's always a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter what. It's the way you look at things. You can sit there, have all these terrible things happen, and accept them. You can mope, or you can try your best to battle through all of the negativity and uncertainty. Strive to be happy. At the end of the day, isn't that what life's all about?

That positive element has always been a part of your writing. Fans don't get that enough.

For sure! People are probably still burnt out on the nu metal era where it was like, "I fucking hate you, mom!" [Laughs] We're the exact polar opposite of that.