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Customer Reviews

Gotta be in the top 3 for 2009

Absolutely relentless album from Converge, but with a twist from previous records. The lead guitar rises above the 'thrash' on most of the songs which introduces much more variation and complexity to the rhythym. And with the interesting decision to have the final two songs mellowing out as a conclusion (not unlike 'Grim Heart....'), Converge give the distinct impression that they are toying with us and can probably pretty much do whatever the hell they choose. Possibly one of the most under-rated bands going around.

Another strong Converge album? you don't say!

Yet another outing from Hardcore greats Converge. If this is your third or fourth time trying to figure out what all the hype is about and still just not getting it; then you probably never will. If you are new to these guys well then welcome to the party and strap in. For people who have loved this band for ages you shouldn't be disappointed. Converge continue to do what it is they do best with this record; pummelling the listener with sheer speed and violent chaos all packed into a production so claustrophobic that you can feel yourself suffocating under the weight of the power of this music. And Converge manage to remain equally as frightening when they slow down to a crawl as they do at their usual lightning speed, filling the listener with a sense of unease as they wait for the band to come back around and tear their limbs off again. If there is anything wrong with this album it would be an over abundance of guest vocalists. Each one brings an interesting element to the tracks while still keeping it a Converge song, but at some point it becomes tiresome to not actually hear Converge doing their own vocals as inaccessible as that voice may be. Overall another strong album but not without it's small faults but the ups should blur out the lows for most.

Don't expect this to be on my shelf for long

It's somewhat good if your a heavy metal fan but i just didn't grow much attachment to this album. The only good songs in my opinion are "Cruel Bloom" and "Wretched World" but it's mediocore.


Formed: 1990 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most original and innovative bands to emerge from the punk underground, Converge were formed in the winter of 1990-1991, and after several singles, compilation appearances, and the requisite growing pains, they released their first full-length effort, Halo in a Haystack, in 1994. The Boston-based metalcore and mathcore pioneers were initially comprised of vocalist/visual artist Jacob Bannon, guitarist Kurt Ballou, bassist Jeff Feinburg, and drummer Damon Bellorado, with second guitarist...
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