Since Jesse Leach left his singing post at the helm of Killswitch Engage in 02, just after the release of awesome second effort ‘Alive Or Just Breathing’, joining Seemless the following year, you’d have never thought a musical reunion (of such) would ever be on the cards for the vocalist and guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. Now, some nine years later, the fruit of their combined efforts is here in the form of ‘The Hymn Of A Broken Man’, the title of which is particularly poignant as Adam, who plays all the instruments on this effort and also shares vocal duties, wrote most of the material while laid up in hospital while undergoing emergency surgery on his back. Times Of Grace are loaded with jagged, machine-gunning guitars and hefty artillery drumming, coupled with Jesse’s unmistakable soaring vocal punctuated by choice guttural, primal and raw, throat-scraping pleas. It’s challenging (but not a challenging listen), pushing boundaries and smashing down your very notions of what metal – or metalcore – is. ‘Willing' is is an uplifting account of struggle (with an impossible time signature as the verse) and ‘In The Arms Of Mercy’ is a sweet and reassuring yet melancholic track – that is, until it bleeds into the title track. Storming stuff.
There's been some actual news this week. The Movielifereformed, Fightstarreturned from hiatus, and then there was Emoji Artworks. But sadly, today is our last #notthenews round-up of 2014. Try to hold back those tears while we recap all of this week's nonsense.