Sunday, August 01, 2004

No Heartache here!

Killswitch Engage - The End of Heartache
This is the first CD I've bought since Slipknot last month, and it totally kicks ass! Seriously, I dare say this is even better than the Slipknot CD since they don't mess about experimenting with different sounds and instead going with the formula that works for them.
Surprisingly, this is a totally listenable CD from start to finish, which is very rare these days. Guitarist/song writer/producer Adam Dutkiewicz made some real magic here, and singer Howard Jones is a great vocalist to say the least. I'm not too high on his screaming ability, which sounds like he's stretching his vocals to the max. Not a good thing unless he's looking to end up like the band's previous singer, who had to quit because he strained his vocal cords too much. On the other hand, his singing voice is one of the best I've heard in a while and shows some emotion that you can really feel.
The only downside I've gathered so far is that CD seems to just fly by rather quickly. They list 12 tracks on the CD, but two are only instrumentals that barely last a minute! Not good.
The whole album is listenable, but the standouts are definately "Rose of Sharyn", "The End of Heartache", and "Hope Is..."
I HIGHLY recommend this CD!
CD Rating: ****


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