Sound — 10
Wonderful guitars, vocals, and drums, awesome songs, a great follow-up to Alive or Just Breathing. Killswitch Engage is on the verge of becoming one of the most popular metalcore groups today. After losing their vocalist Jesse Leach after their first major release, the band picked up vocalist Howard Jones from "Blood Has Been Shed." KsE's newest release, The End of Heartache, is 12 tracks of brutal music, with amazing vocals, guitar and bass work, and spectacular drums.
Lyrics — 10
"The End of Heartache" has emotional Hardcore lyrics and amazing instrumentals from the band. The one problem with "The End of Heartache" is that it doesn't set itself apart from other Metalcore acts like As I Lay Dying. Seeing as how there is an oversaturation of this genre, it tends to lose its steam rather quickly. With distinctive songwriting and that delicate but explosive dynamic balance between melody and abrasiveness still readily on display in pace-setting openers "A Bid Farewell" and "Take This Oath," the former seems more likely. Track number three, the excellent "When Darkness Falls," is where Killswitch will convince most lingering cynics, and the ensuing "Rose of Sharyn" is arguably the group's most accessible single yet.
Overall Impression — 10
As you can tell, Killswitch Engage enhanced the choruses at the expense of the verses. Regardless, this CD definitely packs a punch any fan of Metalcore is sure to enjoy. The End of Heartache is a great purchase for any fans of KsE, and anyone who wants to get into the metal genre but doesn't want to listen to bands singing about Satan or unspeakable acts involving other humans. I recommend buying it if you get the chance. The End of Heartache only errs for making very few attempts to expand Killswitch Engage's general formula, good though it may be.