The End of Heartache

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The End of Heartache
Studio album by Killswitch Engage
Released May 11, 2004
Recorded December 15, 2003 (2003-12-15) - January 29, 2004 (2004-01-29) at Zing Studios in Westfield, MA
Genre Metalcore
Length 42:36
Label Roadrunner
Producer Adam Dutkiewicz
Killswitch Engage chronology
Alive or Just Breathing
(2002)
The End of Heartache
(2004)
As Daylight Dies
(2006)
Alternative Cover
Special Edition Cover
Singles from The End of Heartache
  1. "Rose of Sharyn"
    Released: 2004[1]
  2. "The End of Heartache"
    Released: 2004
  3. "A Bid Farewell"
    Released: 2005[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]
Rock Hard (de) 8.5/10[5]

The End of Heartache is the third studio album by American metalcore band Killswitch Engage. It was released on May 11, 2004 through Roadrunner Records. It is the first album to feature lead vocalist Howard Jones from the mathcore band Blood Has Been Shed after Jesse Leach's departure from the band. It is also the first album to feature Adam Dutkiewicz as the lead guitarist rather than the drummer, Justin Foley also from Blood Has Been Shed joined the bands as the drummer also making his first recording on this album.

The new lineup played on the 2003 Ozzfest and the MTV2 Headbangers Ball tour. The first recording was the song "When Darkness Falls" appearing on the soundtrack to the 2003 horror film Freddy vs. Jason. The End of Heartache was released on May 11, 2004. The album debuted in the top 40 of the Australian album charts on May 17, 2004 following a successful tour of that country with Anthrax.

The title track was nominated for Best Metal Performance for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards.

Two music videos for "Rose of Sharyn" and "The End of Heartache" were filmed in promotion of the album. "Rose of Sharyn" had the group performing in a sunny desert with blood dripping from dead branches to form words. "The End of Heartache" featured a darkly lit performance with various computer animated imagery with scenes from Resident Evil: Apocalypse dotted throughout. Both videos saw notable airplay on Headbanger's Ball.

In 2005, a special edition of the album was released which contained 6 additional tracks.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on December 7, 2007.

Reception[edit]

In 2005, The End of Heartache was ranked number 401 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Howard Jones, all music composed by Killswitch Engage.

No. Title Length
1. "A Bid Farewell"   3:55
2. "Take This Oath"   3:46
3. "When Darkness Falls"   3:52
4. "Rose of Sharyn"   3:36
5. "Inhale"   1:15
6. "Breathe Life"   3:18
7. "The End of Heartache"   4:58
8. "Declaration"   3:01
9. "World Ablaze"   5:00
10. "And Embers Rise"   1:11
11. "Wasted Sacrifice"   4:18
12. "Hope Is..."   4:21
Total length:
42:36

Personnel[edit]

Killswitch Engage
Guest musician
  • Jesse Leach – additional vocals ("Take This Oath" and "Irreversal")
  • Phil Labonte – additional vocals ("Hope Is...")
  • Andy Sneap – additional guitar ("The End of Heartache")
Production
  • Chris Fortin – assistant engineer
  • Wayne Krupa – assistant engineer
  • Andy Sneap – mixing, mastering

Song appearances[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
2004 The Billboard 200 21
Australian Albums Chart 39 [1]
Japanese Albums Chart 127 [2]

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
2004 "The End of Heartache" Mainstream Rock Tracks 31

Additional information[edit]

  • Mixed and mastered at Backstage Productions, Ripley, Derbyshire, UK, from January 2004 to February 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rose of Sharyn (track listing) (Media notes). Killswitch Engage. Roadrunner Records. 2004. RR PROMO 771. 
  2. ^ A Bid Farewell (track listing) (Media notes). Killswitch Engage. Roadrunner Records. 2005. 
  3. ^ Rivadia, Eduardo. "The End of Heartache - Killswitch Engage". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  4. ^ "The End of Heartache - Killswitch Engage". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-09. [dead link]
  5. ^ Schiffbauer, Conny. "Rock Hard review". issue 204. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 48. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.