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Killswitch Engage – The End of Heartache Reviews

The End of Heartache

Guitar World, 6/2004
“The songs are longer, more metallic and the choruses more epic, than those of the previous release.”

The title track of The End Of Heartache is an unabashed monster of a song, different than anything the band has ever written. Its epic drive nearly crosses the border into power-ballad territory. “Rose of Sharyn” is an anthem that’s heavy in the most non-traditional of senses, building with dynamic energy into a crescendo with a chorus that is perhaps The (more…)

13 responses to “Killswitch Engage – The End of Heartache Reviews”

  1. Orabella says:

    Coming from the underground success of their previous album, “Alive or Just Breathing, Killswitch Engage have a follow-up, which only strengthened its reputation as one of the serious music top young bands. These guys were already as a leading band in the crowded melodic hardcore genre, and “The End of Heartache” sees their sound is still more focused and diverse. While still a bit below the really big bands like heavy Burnt By The Sun, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Meshuggah, KSE are definitely on the way up. Three albums into their career, they can now peaked. What's impressive about this album is how close is written and played. Every song is used for maximum visceral and emotional impact, with the band cleverly exploit careen dynamics, as they back and forth between the balls-out aggression and rising melodies. Yes, there are many bands in the metal / hardcore / metalcore genre, what can you do that right now, but still remarkable KSE for the emotions, creativity, musicality and bring them to the genre. Adam and Joel Stroetzel DUTKIEWICZ lead the charge with a devastating attack two guitars, cranking some complex and interesting reef structures without the intensity, the core of the band sound. Howard Jones also deserves plenty of credit, the intensification of singing for the late Jesse Leach without a beat and somehow manage to emotional proportions are even higher than its predecessor. Howard's screams are jarring, and his clean vocals more clearly, making it the perfect addition for the band is unpredictable, wide-ranging sound. Throw in a pile-driving rhythm section, and you have a band who are well in combination with the Polish power. While the KSE may not be original band there, they show a talent for combining the sounds of those who came before them. While there are many uncompromising Hardcore Stomp on display, much of “The End of Heartache” KSE sees expansion of its genre-bending approach. The opening of “A Farewell” packs more sonic changes in four minutes than many bands not on a whole album, beginning with some chunky, heavy rhythms, before it at breakneck speed and then stop dead in its tracks for a large, epic choir. Alternance monstrous riffage and chugging bass lines with a hard-driving guitar harmonies, “Take This Oath” sounds kind of like Fear Factory crossed with In Flames. The title track, with a wealth of songs and some slightly lost-love lyrics Corny, May Veer unpleasantly close to ballad territory for some, but it is a song that's undeniably powerful melancholy mood is sometimes destroyed by Howard's piercing screams. There are a few nods to the old school, as well. “Rose of Sharyn” is reminiscent of Iron Maiden in their great momentum, which by some crazy aggressive catchy hooks and guitar interplay. The lightning-fast riffs and airtight double-bass drums of the “Declaration” show eine'80 's thrash influence, sort of like Metallica or Testament an update of the 21 Century. And in something like a curve ball, the difficult rhythms and abrupt changes of time “World Ablaze” is available in the band is in a technical, “Mathy” direction, it could very well on future albums. It is not entirely Meshuggah, but it is a start. All in all, “The End of Heartache” is an incredibly fun album from a band that seems to be a genuine commitment to the maturity and diversity. It is good to see that the recent heavy music has once again not quite come to an end. If you want some metallic fury rocked with anger and intelligence, this is a good place to relax. Come the end, this album should wind up on more than a few “best of” lists.

  2. Lunet says:

    During my meandering exploration of the Amazon.com website and bands to see what my fellow users of them, I have a few comments I'd like to share. First, I believe that anyone who writes a review on this page should at least run its review by a spell checker. Now granted, a lot of you are unemployed GED recipients in your parents basement, and I know your grammar and dictionary are not at the forefront of their respective games. Nevertheless, a simple copy / paste from the browser in Word should do it. Second, I think that reviewers tend to make mistakes when they compare bands. For example, Killswitch Engage compared to Nine Inch Nails is as Smashing Pumpkins compared to Rancid, they are not even on the same radar screen. At least compare the same genre. If Nine Inch Nails is a Poser-band, which is against the Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, or KMFDM. If Killswitch Engage is a Poser-band, the Lamb of God against them, God forbid, Machine Head, Atreyu, or Avenged Sevenfold. Apples to apples people, simple mathematics. Third, I believe that my definition of a savage is an entirely different, that some users on this website. While “The End of Heartache” is an excellent album, and while it is definitely harder edge than your standard-grain or Linkin Park CD, it is undoubtedly not the brutal, manic music I have ever heard. And it is by far not the most brutal album of the millennium. It would definitely a band like Suffocation, Vital Remains, Cannibal Corpse, Cattle decapitation or Myrksgog to argue that the title. Sadly, it is 2004 and we are 996 years, from the end of the millennium. Who knows? A brutal band might come. Now, I am my soapbox to the meat of the matter. “The End of Heartache” is probably the most KSE accessible release to date. Howard Jones' vocals on target, and a versatility not often in the metal scene today (by diverse, I mean, he can sing and scream in line, do not fluctuate between guttural growling and shrill scream). “Rose of Sharyn” and the title track show the band in a position to write emotionally charged songs with which everyone can identify, while the album of the hard vocation. The musicianship is excellent and the album is quite nice to repeated listening. Killswitch Engage have definitely carved a name for themselves in the metal world, and it would be a mistake on any fan of extreme music to write it off. They could be more “popular” as a lot of heavy bands out there, but that does not work with all means, reduce their ability to create a quality album.

  3. Galena says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Meh…
    TEoH has its moments but they’re few and far between. Overall, the album is o.k., if you like the genre, but I wouldn’t recommend it (but I would recommend their next one: “As…

  4. Naara says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    The End of a Great Band
    I discovered Killswitch just as former lead singer Jesse Leach was leaving the band. The first record (self-titled) and the planet-breaking (Yes, it is THAT good) Alive Or Just…

  5. Deo says:

    I for the first time in Killswitch after hearing “When Darkness Falls” and the purchase of their second album, “Alive Or Just Breathing”. It was a great CD, and had many good songs. However: “When Darkness Falls” was on a soundtrack and had a new singer, and I could not wait for the new CD. Finally, when it came out, the verdict was in. This album is something else entirely. This album is a masterpiece.
      From the opening of “A Bid Farewell” to the end, this album is awesome. Highlights are “Rose of Sharyn,” “When Darkness Falls”, “A Bid Farewell”, “Take This Oath,” “Life” and the excellent title track. There is not one bad song on the CD, though. This is one of the albums that if you listen, you know, it's something very special. New singer Howard Jones has a deep, rich voice and a powerful scream.
      There is a lot riding on the follow-up to this brilliant album, but I know Kse not dissapoint. Definitely pick up this CD, I highly recommend. You will not regret it.

  6. Zahrah says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Heavy and Catchy, whats not to like???
    I love this album plain and simple, and this is coming from a guy who lives for death metal like kalmah, amon amarth, mors principium est, insomnium, meshuggah and much more…

  7. Fidelina says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    not for everyone
    You have to really appreciate loud, intense vocal growls to get into this album. It lacks vocal melodies for the most part, and contains unmemorable guitar riffs and solos that…

  8. Gustave says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    nice
    awsome again from killswitch great metal like killswitch always has. Killswitches song the end of heartache was a major breakout on the residentevil apocalypes soundtrack after…

  9. Xi-wang says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    GREAT METAL!
    This is one of killswitch’s best albums ever forget all of you who hate this go listen to your weak stuff probably nu metal ha.

  10. Tillie says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Album in Series
    Wow!!! Such an intense album from a band that has really come into their own. All of their albums are fantastic from their self-titled to the current As Daylight Dies, but, this…

  11. Neil says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Assault on the ears
    Wow. People will buy anything, even a herd of whatever these are screaming into microphones. Were they feeling ill during recording?

  12. Cybil says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The first great album I have ever heard
    The first time I ever heard of Killswitch Engage, I was very skeptical. I had been listening to bands like Lamb of God, Fear Factory and System of a Down.

  13. Falk says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent album
    A great album. Nicely blended screaming with melodic singing (which is my personal favorite style). Killer guitar riffs.

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