Times of Grace at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

The view is glorious as we head to Victorious!

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As a close to capacity Wedgewood Rooms buzzed, you could tell that something special was going to happen. It’s not often that you are able to see two friends and fellow former musicians reunite and create magic, but this was an exception.

Adam Dutkiewicz, Jesse Leach and company stormed into the first track of their debut album, The Hymn Of a Broken Man, with all guns blazing to make sure that Times of Grace were going to make their mark in a big way. Killswitch Engage may have been their band of the past but this was the future.

The band then rocketed through many of the songs on their only album including Willing and Hope Remains. Dutkiewicz admitted that he ‘loves this country’ as his effort seemed to suggest just that.

The song Fight for Life stood out as one of the bands’ finest with Jesse Leach providing a sometimes haunting melody to the strong metalcore riffs of Dutkiewicz. Fellow Killswitch Engage member and guitarist Joel Stroetzel added strength and backbone to the performance making it easy to see why he was the right man for the job.

They ended with Where the Spirit Leads Me to fantastic applause. This may have only been the bands’ second show on English soil but, never the less, they performed like they had been through the touring loop with this band all their lives.

Now, on to Download Festival they go to wow audiences just like they did this evening. Superlative.

DAN VALVERDE