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The End of Heartache

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  • Throughout my meandering of the Amazon.com website researching bands and seeing what my fellow users think of them, I have made a few observations that I’d like to share.First, I think that everyone who writes a review on this site should at least run his/her review through a spell-checker. Now granted, a lot of you are unemployed GED recipients living in your parents’ basement, and I know your grammar and diction are not at the top of their respective games. Nonetheless, a simple copy/paste from your browser into Word should do the trick. Second, I think that reviewers tend to make mistakes when they compare bands. For example, comparing Killswitch Engage to Nine Inch Nails is like comparing Smashing Pumpkins to Rancid; they’re not even on the same radar screen. At least make comparisons in the same genre. If Nine Inch Nails is a poser band, run them up against Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, or KMFDM. If Killswitch Engage is a poser band, run them up against Lamb of God, God Forbid, Machine Head, Atreyu, or Avenged Sevenfold. Apples to apples people; simple math.Third, I think my definition of brutal is VASTLY different from that of some users on this site. While “The End of Heartache” is an excellent album, and while it is definitely harder-edged than your standard Korn or Linkin Park CD, it is without a doubt NOT the most brutal, maniacal music I’ve ever heard. And it is FAR from being the most brutal album of the millennium. It definitely would take a band like Suffocation, Vital Remains, Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation, or Myrksgog to wrangle that title. Sad thing is, it’s 2004 and we’re 996 years away from the end of the millennium. Who knows? A more brutal band JUST MIGHT come along. Now that I’m off my soapbox, on to the meat of the matter. “The End of Heartache” is probably KSE’s most accessible release to date. Howard Jones’ vocals are on target, and display a versatility not often seen in the metal scene today (by versatile, I mean he can sing AND scream in tune, not oscillate between guttural growling and high-pitched screams). “Rose of Sharyn” and the title track demonstrate the band’s ability to write emotionally-charged songs with which anyone can identify while maintaining the album’s hard-edged appeal. The musicianship is superb and the album stands up quite nicely to repeated listenings. Killswitch Engage have definitely carved a name for themselves in the metal world, and it would be a mistake on the part of any fan of extreme music to write them off. They might be more “popular” than a lot of heavy bands out there, but that does not by ANY means diminish their ability to turn out a quality album.

    Posted on March 17, 2010