Some of this album was written from a hospital bed by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (you may know him better as the caped, short shorts wearing Adam D) as he thought he wouldn’t be able to be a touring musician any more due to a back injury. It’s no surprise then that these are serious, contemplative songs yet they’re also hard rocking and finding inspiration to move forwards. With Dutkiewicz playing every instrument and asking his old friend and former Killswitch vocalist Jesse Leach to join him and sing, it’s a unity which is still as powerful (if not more so) than it was on the 2002 Killswitch classic ‘Alive Or Just Breathing’. Songs with titles such as anthemic, Killswitch-esque opener ‘Strength In Numbers’ and the ripping ‘Fight For Life’ show this determination to overcome their problems together as friends. ‘Until The End Of Days’ and ‘Willing’ are both men baring their souls in a more introspective way where as the brutal ‘Hope Remains’ shows they can still unleash hell. The closer, ‘Fall From Grace’, sees Dutkiewicz taking lead vocal duty and is one of the most powerful and moving songs he has written to date. Certainly a different beast to Killswitch, metal and rock fans should rejoice that they now have Times Of Grace as well as Killswitch albums to look forward to. There really is strength in numbers…