Killswitch Engage - The End of Heartache - 2004 Roadrunner Records Reviewed by: Nailer
1. A Bid Farewell 2. Take This Oath 3. When Darkness Falls 4. Rose Of Sharyn 5. Inhale 6. Breathe Life 7. The End Of Heartache 8. Declaration 9. World Ablaze 10. And Embers Rise 11. Wasted Sacrifice 12. Hope Is...
Their third release on Roadrunner Records and a major ass-kicking CD from Killswitch with quick cuts from sharp power grooves to whipping thrash breaks; from throat blistering screams to pleasant melodies with little of the slurred metalcore vocals of their Ozzfest contemporaries. It's an American version of the Gothenburg sound that's not as mean as the drunken roundhouses of Pantera, heavier and more sonically dense than Disturbed and more accessible than Lamb of God. This is the metal you'll be hearing for the next few years.
"The End of Heartache" is the perfect gift for the MTV generation metalhead in need of power and passion to transform youthful indirection and isolation towards a mature independent strength and resolve. It's self-help positivism within crushing brutality without going the rebellion road. Consistent massages and a solid production from Andy Sneap put this one in my Best of 2004 so far. If you like the video for "Rose of Sharyn", then just pick up the entire CD and be ready for those gang shouts on "Hope Is..."
Bottom Line: Hard as nails, modern metal.
Score: 8.5 of 10
About this Writer: Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.
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