Music Monday: Killswitch Engage – The End of Heartache

This is a weekly meme I’ve picked up from Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. It’s very simple, you pick a song on a Monday and share it! Never one to turn away from the chance to share my exquisite taste in music I’m loving taking part in this every week, so thanks Drew!

This song would have come up at some point because it’s just an epic song that everyone needs to hear at some point, but I promised Nel at Reactionary Tales a story involving Killswitch Engage and so today is the day.

I have mentioned that back before I started book blogging I used to write music reviews and I wrote for a few magazines as well. As part of that I was lucky enough to be sent off to interview bands which seriously fuelled me, there has been little in my life that has given me a buzz like meeting bands I love and I can honestly say that while I don’t miss all the abuse I used to get from the online community doing that work, I do miss actually going out, meeting the bands, talking to them, and getting the articles written. Anyway, I digress.

October 2008 and I was sent to interview the band’s bassist Mike D’Antonio by a magazine who were doing features on vegan metal musicians (I did a whole series of these interviews, and as a vegan myself at the time it was super interesting). The tour manager took me onto the tour bus (really unusual and I had this little OMG happy dance moment internally of course) Mike and I sat on these really cool leather sofa’s on the upper deck and had a really interesting conversation and I learned loads about him. He’s a super nice bloke, just a few years older than I am so I was able to relate to a lot of what he was saying and rather than me blasting questions at him he became a much more fluid conversation (so much nicer when that happens).

When we finished he was walking me out (seriously those tour buses are like mazes!) and I stepped off the stairs and went crashing, I kid you not I crashed, into Howard Jones. For those who don’t know the band, Howard was the lead singer of Killswitch Engage for ten years, and I may have had a huge groupie style crush on him!

So there I was, having had this very cool, grown up interview with Mike, we’d had a good laugh, it had been friendly but professional as it should be. Then Bam! I’ve smacked straight into Howard, and I turn into a bumbling idiot. “Oh my god! You’re Howard!” Like how stupid did I sound? He laughed, actually laughed, then agreed he was Howard, asked who I was, then Mike stepped in went on to talk about the interview. Next thing I know the three of us are sat in another room with a couch chatting. It’s a memory I treasure but I still can’t believe I was such a complete lemon when I bumped into him.

While all this was going on, my friends were waiting for me in the pub, I was only supposed to be 20 mins and I ended up turning up over an hour later 5 mins before the gig started. They were used to this though, when I went to interview bands I often went missing!

This distance
This disillusion
I cling to memories
While falling
Sleep brings release
And the hope of a new day
Waking the misery
Of being without you

 

Surrender I give in
Another moment is another eternity
(Seek me) for comfort
(Call me) for solace
(I’ll be waiting)
For the end of my broken heart
(Seek me) completion
(Call me) I’ll be waiting
(I’ll be waiting)
For the end of my broken heart

 

You know me
You know me all to well
My only desire
To bridge our division

 

In sorrow
I speak your name
And my voice mirrors my torment

 

for comfort
(Call me) for solace
(I’ll be waiting)
For the end of my broken heart
Am I breathing?
My strength fails me
Your picture
A bitter memory

 

For comfort
For solace
(Seek me) for comfort
(Call me) for solace
(I’ll be waiting)
For the end of my broken heart

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9 thoughts on “Music Monday: Killswitch Engage – The End of Heartache

  1. Oh my! That story was definitely amazing. I think I would have been as flustered as you if I met Howard! Do you know why he’s not part of the band anymore? You ever watch a movie and not realize that the song is in it until you go search it later and see something like this with the movie clips? That just happened to me, haha.

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