The End of Heartache review by Killswitch Engage

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  • Released: Feb 21, 2005
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (88 votes)
Killswitch Engage: The End of Heartache
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Sound — 10
This is a good hard slab of NWOAHM I believe the kids call it or metalcore. Basically its metal with rythmic hardcore breakdowns and a lot of technique in the guitars. The one thing that Killswitch seem to pull off better than other metalcore bands is the construction of there songs. The arrangements on this album are superb.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are my only real gripe on this album. Jesse's lyrics were about hope and optimism why examining the corupption of self. Howard never seems to get that deep. On songs like Rose Of Shayrn (a song about his granmother and also a reference to the bible if I'm correct) and When Darkness Falls (how mankind changes during dark times) are brilliant but the others are either about love or breaking free. If I never heard jesse before this would rule as it is. It's just not the same.

Overall Impression — 10
This album definately spearheads the whole metal core genre, and its easily one of my favourite albums due to the amount of thought behind it however the progression from "Alive.. Or Just Breathing" may alienate sdme of there "core" fanbase. If it were stolen, I'd probrably just listen to the windows media audio of the album, anyway a worthwhile purchase.

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    dicer4
    dude i must disagree howard might have changed the lyrics its self but he countinued the beautifully sang choureses that jesse david leach did
    Maggotkiller
    Dimebag is right KSE is AWESOME. Howard Jones has an incredible singing voice {e.g. The End of all Heartache and Rose of Sharyn.} But his screaming while still incredible pales in comparison to Jesse's. My favorite songs on this album are: Declaration, The End of all Heartache, and Rose of Sharyn!!!
    555666
    Rise inside is the best KE song ever man.....the end of heartache and rose of sharyn is really good too....
    555666
    "The first thing that strikes you about KsE's new album is how thick and chunky both guitars sound - it's like 'Black' era Metallica on steroids!" Thats cool...
    dimebag7
    555666 wrote: Rise inside is the best KE song ever man.....the end of heartache and rose of sharyn is really good too....
    dimebag7
    dimebag7 wrote: 555666 wrote: Rise inside is the best KE song ever man.....the end of heartache and rose of sharyn is really good too....
    I didnt meant to post that lol i was going to say yeah i love that tune, i wish they'dd played it on set this world ablaze dvd.
    dicer4
    lol, the shouldve played in the unblind on there world ablaze dvd, they dont realy play any of there older songs like irreversal, numb sickend eyes, soil born, orone last sunset, they should pay those, and they should definetly play "when the balance is broken"
    LowEndCrunch
    I'll admit that I haven't heard a lot of Killswitch Engage (actually, I've only heard Rose Of Sharyn), but what I have heard sounds really good. I can't listen to Rose Of Sharyn without getting all weepy...
    Kilswitcheffect
    There is nothing that can top these albums i swear if they manage to produce somthing better than thier previous efforts the world will come to an end they are just so good