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End of Heartache

Killswitch EngageAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B0001Z2TJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


"Jones' confidence and acumen carry over into his vocal performances, bringing different elements to The End of Heartache." -- Aquarian Weekly, 4/14/04

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

"Tracks "A Bid Farewell", "World Ablaze", and "Rose of Sharyn" simply kill any of the offerings from the previous release." -- Revolver Magazine, 6/2004

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best with a little extra. March 1, 2005
By John
Format:Audio CD
Well, even though I hate roadrunner for releasing things like this less then a year after the cd came out. I love this digipack, the live versions of Life to Lifeless, Fixation on Darkness and My Last Seranade are incredible. The only track that seems like it doesn't belong is the resident evil version of the end of heartache, pretty much the same song just filler.

Plus you get the incredible " The End of Heartache" on the first disk. I bought the end of heartache on its first day out and I was simply blown away. So buying this was pretty much a no brainer Great cd. Also comes with a cool new slipcase. Stop reading this and buy it already.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still getting there May 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Coming off the underground success of their previous album, "Alive or Just Breathing," Killswitch Engage have released a follow-up that should only solidify their reputation as one of heavy music's top young bands. These guys were already established as a leading band in the crowded melodic hardcore genre, and "The End of Heartache" sees their sound becoming even more focused and diverse. While still a notch below the truly great heavy bands like Burnt By The Sun, the Dillinger Escape Plan, and Meshuggah, KSE are definitely on their way up. Three albums into their career, they may well be peaking right now.
What's most impressive about this album is just how tightly written and played it is. Every song is calculated for maximum visceral and emotional impact, with the band deftly exploiting dynamics as they careen back and forth between balls-out aggression and soaring melodies. Yes, there are plenty of bands in the metal/hardcore/metalcore/whatever genre doing that right now, but KSE are still notable for the emotion, creativity, and musicianship they bring to the genre. Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel lead the charge with a devastating two-guitar assault, cranking out some complex and interesting riff structures without sacrificing the intensity that's at the core of the band's sound. Howard Jones also deserves a great deal of credit, stepping in on vocals for the departed Jesse Leach without missing a beat and somehow managing to raise the emotional stakes even higher than his predecessor. Howard's screams are more jarring, and his clean singing clearer, making him a perfect match for the band's unpredictable, wide-ranging sound. Throw in a pile-driving rhythm section, and you've got a band that's getting very good at combining power with polish.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the heaviest, but good..... July 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Throughout my meandering of the 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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best metal albums of recent years by far June 30, 2005
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Killswitch Engage are one of the best metal bands to emerge in recent years. I, being relatively new to the world of metal, first heard their song "When Darkness Falls" on the "Freddy Vs. Jason" soundtrack a few years back. It blew me away, but I wasn't sure whether or not I was convinced enough to buy one of their albums. Then I heard another song by them on the "Headbanger's Ball Volume One" compilation, and decided that I could ignore them no longer. I went and got "Alive or Just Breathing," an unbelievably awesome CD, and one of the few I could play the entire way through without having to skip a song. After this album, Killswitch parted ways with their singer Jesse David Leach and recruited vocalist Howard Jones as their new frontman. Although some saw this as the beginning of the end for the band, many others welcomed it as a good step in a fresh new direction. I was already biased towards Jones, mainly because he provided the vocals for the two songs that got me hooked on the band, and though Leach is by no means a bad singer, I personally prefered Jones. Now I'm sure there are bunch of you out there who already hate me and are now ready to press "no" at the bottom of this review. I can't really do much to stop you besides finishing my critique. From the second I saw "Rose of Sharyn" on Headbanger's Ball, I knew I had to get this CD. I promptly did, and let me tell you, it's hands down one of the best investments I've ever made. The opening "A Bid Farewell" features an extremely headbangable rhythmic opening, and goes on to display what this band is all about: a good amount of heaviness, a good amount of melody, and an overall sense of power. "Take This Oath" is up next, and though it is not as memorable as "A Bid Farewell," it's still a good song. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome cd!!
Published 1 month ago by lisa dewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album!
Published 1 month ago by jaime
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope is not lost...
I have been a Killswitch Engage fan since the release of Alive Or Just Breathing. I can't exactly recall how I first discovered Killswitch, but I believe it had something to do... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars KSE
This band is truly amazing I've been listening to them for the longest time. they will always be my favorite besides lamb of god. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lady Love 0099
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Masterpiece!!!!
I was a little nervous when Jesse left and Howard step up as lead singer. But you only have to listen to hear the awesomeness of this album. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Josh Bosely
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately a good listen.
This is a great CD for metal/rock fans. Awesome guitar riffs and vocals by Howard Jones. Must have for sure.
Published 9 months ago by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid offering from a great band
I love this album, can't really say much more than that. if this genre is your bag then i would recommend this.
Published 10 months ago by drxlspivey
5.0 out of 5 stars KSE
This gets 5 stars because it is still a good album,that has stood the test of time.VERY VERY GOOD! AWESOME!
Published 15 months ago by mike childress
5.0 out of 5 stars another great KS album
no problems really. digital download. Only thing I can't stand is when I download to my device, and rearrange my folders, the song order becomes alphabetical. really annoying.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome cd one of Killswitch's finest works
Great lyrics with a positive message. Awesome artisits, one of metalcore's top bands with a combination of screaming/clear vocals and shredding guitar riffs.
Published 19 months ago by Jeremy Muthard
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