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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
By fusing the best elements of American metalcore and European melodic death metal i.e., the Gothenburg school, Massachusetts' Killswitch Engage achieved what hundreds of nu-metal bands only dreamed of: supplying American heavy metal with a viable facelift with which to set itself to rights in the new millennium. The fact that in order to do this they relied on songs with actual substance, not fabricated image or false pretense, goes to the heart of 2002's stunning Alive or Just Breathing's success, as well as its masterful successor, 2004's much anticipated The End of Heartache. Indeed, little has changed from one album to the next, which can be viewed as a positive ...
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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
By fusing the best elements of American metalcore and European melodic death metal i.e., the Gothenburg school, Massachusetts' Killswitch Engage achieved what hundreds of nu-metal bands only dreamed of: supplying American heavy metal with a viable facelift with which to set itself to rights in the new millennium. The fact that in order to do this they relied on songs with actual substance, not fabricated image or false pretense, goes to the heart of 2002's stunning Alive or Just Breathing's success, as well as its masterful successor, 2004's much anticipated The End of Heartache. Indeed, little has changed from one album to the next, which can be viewed as a positive or a negative, depending on the listener. But 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 and also possibly a bone of contention for fans of their harder stuff. Next up, the mild-mannered interlude "Inhale" is actually a warning for the breathtaking power riffing of "Breathe Life," after which the all-encompassing title track really hammers one out of the ballpark. And so it goes; as riff upon riff are piled sky-high into each number that follows, it's the unpredictable rhythmic shifts used to build and then relieve internal pressure that fuel the Killswitch Engage power source. On a side note, much has been made of the replacement of former vocalist Jesse David Leach with relative newcomer Howard Jones relative being the operative word since he toured with the band for two years prior to this recording, but, to be perfectly honest, the differences between them are totally negligible. Jones effortlessly matches his predecessor's talent for both clean singing and hardcore-style screaming, and additional highlights such as "World Ablaze" and the pulverizing "Wasted Sacrifice" prove his voice to be the perfect complement to his bandmates' technical proficiency. As mentioned previously, The End of Heartache only errs for making very few attempts to expand Killswitch Engage's general formula, good though it may be -- but there's always a next time. And as the saying goes, too much of a good thing is rarely a bad thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861837327
  • Catalog Number: 618373
  • Sales rank: 24,991

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Bid Farewell (3:55)
  2. 2 Take This Oath (3:46)
  3. 3 When Darkness Falls (3:52)
  4. 4 Rose of Sharyn (3:36)
  5. 5 Inhale (1:15)
  6. 6 Breathe Life (3:18)
  7. 7 The End of Heartache (4:58)
  8. 8 Declaration (3:01)
  9. 9 World Ablaze (4:59)
  10. 10 And Embers Rise (1:11)
  11. 11 Wasted Sacrifice (4:18)
  12. 12 Hope Is... (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Killswitch Engage Primary Artist
Adam Dutkiewicz Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Mike D'Antonio Bass, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Joel Stroetzel Guitar, Group Member
Justin Foley Drums, Group Member
Philip Labonte Background Vocals
Howard Jones Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Andy Sneap Mastering
Killswitch Engage Composer
Adam Dutkiewicz Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Mike D'Antonio Artwork
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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    amazing album by KSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING SURPRISE!!!!!!

    I had never heard of Killswitch Engage until I got the CD for my B-Day. I put them in my stereo, wondering if I'd even like a band I had no clue existed, and let me tell you: Killswitch. Engage. Kicks. A$$. The music is just - just amazing!!!!!!! The guitars are loud and brilliant, the drums are flying everywhere, and the vocals growl, scream, and sing nicely. This is just an amazing band that'll have you head banging and doing the rock sign. This is a band worth listening to. If you like Killswitch Engage already, Shadows Fall, Machine Head, Metallica, or metal rock, or have an open-mind to music in general, then I advise you check out the samples. If you like what you hear, then I recommend you buy the CD: YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!! (I sure wasn't.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pure awesomeness

    New killswitch engage fan for about 6 months, the first album i got was "alive or still breathing" from a friend. anyways, this album is great, i could tell a difference from "alive...." and "end of heartache" but it's still very good. i hightly recommend this to any heavy metal fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    KsE rocks in a way no other metal/hardcore does!

    This album is a must have if i could rate higher than five stars id give this one much higher. I love how the two guitarists blend together in each song. The new vocalist Howard Jones has a great metal voice and fits right into KsE's music. I hope KsE will make more albums and i know they'll stay around for a long time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excitingly saddening...

    Howard comes through as the new lead singer of KSE and goes far with the band. This album is filled to the brim with emotional anthems that exceed all expectations. A definite album worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    End of Heartache

    I just picked up this album and i cant stop listening to it. I cant even tell you what my favorite song is, i like them all!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    End of Heartache

    I have listened to Killswitch ever since they first came out and have always been a fan. This album is the best thing i have heard thus far. Howard is an amazing singer. His voice is amazing. The riffs are heavy as anything, the melodies are just as amazing. I highly suggest picking this album up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    End of Heartache

    If you havent gotten this album yet, get up right now and go buy it, Im telling you, its worth every penny. From " A Bid Farewell" to "Hope is...." this album rocks!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    End of Heartache

    There is one word that i can use to describe this album......and that word is....AWESOME!!!!! My personal favorite track is "Rose of Sharyn". I cannot stop listening to this song. I am actually listening to it right now as Im writing this. But that is not the only good song on this album. Every song is awesome. THANKYOU KILLSWITCH FOR MAKING THIS ALBUM!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST!!

    Oh my F-*^in god..! This Album just puts the rest to shame.. Cannot stop listening to this CD. The whole CD is just smashing! Lots of guitar bending riffs in this one. I couldn't get the songs out of my head, esp. "Bid farewell" and "end of heartache".. And sorry to say we cannot say that about every CD.. I love these guys! Killswitch, stay heavy! Can't wait for the next one...

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