The End Is Begun, released on July 24, 2007, is 3's fourth full length studio album, and the second to be released by Metal Blade Records. (The band's previous album, Wake Pig, was initially released on Planet Noise Records, but was later re-released on Metal Blade.) On February 19, 2008, a special edition was released with one extra track and a bonus DVD.
On May 8, 2007, the twelfth track from the album was released as part of the iTunes exclusive EP These Iron Bones. Later on, the fourth track ("All That Remains") was released for free on [http://www.downloadpunk.com/?webaction=AlbumDetail&albumid=18551 DownloadPunk.com]. Although no other tracks from the album were officially distributed before the album's release date, bootleg recordings of live performances of several songs were leaked to the internet and/or posted with permission. As early as June 24, 2007, an unmastered promo copy was leaked onto the internet.
The seventh track, "Been to the Future," was originally released on Joey Eppard's 2002 solo album of the same name, although the new version contains added instrumentals and altered lyrics. The rest of the tracks on the album were never before included on any of the band's albums. However, a solo version of "Shadow Play" has also been available on [https://www.myspace.com/joeyeppard Joey Eppard's MySpace profile] since before the album's release.