The End of Heartache

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The End of Heartache
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 11, 2004
RecordedDecember 15, 2003 (2003-12-15) - January 29, 2004 (2004-01-29)
StudioZing Studios Westfield, Massachusetts
ProducerAdam Dutkiewicz
Killswitch Engage chronology
Alive or Just Breathing
The End of Heartache
As Daylight Dies
Alternative Cover
Special Edition Cover
Special Edition Cover
Singles from The End of Heartache
  1. "Rose of Sharyn"
    Released: May 2004[2]
  2. "The End of Heartache"
    Released: August 2004
  3. "A Bid Farewell"
    Released: November 2005[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[5]
Rock Hard (de)8.5/10 stars[6]
Ultimate Guitar9.2/10 stars[7]

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 and drummer Justin Foley.

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 album won the 2004 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards for Best Album.[8] 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.


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.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Howard Jones; all music is composed by Killswitch Engage.

1."A Bid Farewell"3:55
2."Take This Oath" (featuring Jesse Leach)3:46
3."When Darkness Falls"3:52
4."Rose of Sharyn"3:36
5."Inhale" (instrumental)1:15
6."Breathe Life"3:18
7."The End of Heartache"4:58
9."World Ablaze"5:00
10."And Embers Rise" (instrumental)1:11
11."Wasted Sacrifice"4:18
12."Hope Is..." (featuring Phil Labonte)4:21
Total length:42:36
Special Edition bonus tracks
13."Irreversal" (featuring Jesse Leach & Howard Jones, Re-Recorded Version)3:49
14."My Life for Yours"3:34
15."The End of Heartache" (Resident Evil: Apocalypse Version)4:05
16."Life to Lifeless" (Live)3:22
17."Fixation on the Darkness" (Live)3:40
18."My Last Serenade" (Live)4:00
Total length:65:06


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

Song appearances[edit]

Chart positions[edit]


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


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.


  1. ^ Marsicano, Dan. "Best Metalcore Albums". ThoughtCo. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Rose of Sharyn (track listing). Killswitch Engage. Roadrunner Records. 2004. RR PROMO 771.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ A Bid Farewell (track listing). Killswitch Engage. Roadrunner Records. 2005.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ Rivadia, Eduardo. "The End of Heartache - Killswitch Engage". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  5. ^ "The End of Heartache - Killswitch Engage". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 12, 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  6. ^ Schiffbauer, Conny. "Rock Hard review". issue 204. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  7. ^ Schiffbauer, Conny. "Rock Hard review". issue 204. Retrieved 2006-07-26.
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  9. ^ [...], 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.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)