Adam D. is the Chuck Norris of metal. From production bouts to album artist, band brainchild to chop definer, Adam divulges the framework and origins of “Hymn of a Broken Man.” He conceived and planned Times of Grace‘s debut from a post-op hospital bed after emergency back surgery. “Hymn of a Broken Man” will be released January 18, 2011 on Roadrunner Records.
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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].
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.
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