17 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Having formed during the winter of 1990, Boston quartet Converge is considered pioneers of metalcore. Their eighth studio album finds them reclaiming their sound — the preceding Axe to Fall was riddled with more guest musicians than a hip-hop album. Opening cut “Aimless Arrow” makes good on its name by throwing fans a curveball with Jacob Bannon trying his hand (or larynx, rather) at melody. But the following “Trespasses” returns the mentally disturbed frontman to his throat-ripping howls and growls with a feral abandon. But things get really interesting with “Sadness Comes Home,” a shape-shifting sock in the clock that opens with a Sabbathesque sludge before erupting like a sonic volcano of hyper-fast fretboard shredding and propulsive, explosive drumming that feel like a thousand fists punching one face. Over this Bannon channels all his inner demons into one ferocious beast doing battle with his own soundtrack. At under two minutes, “Vicious Muse” plays like a stormy tantrum tailor-made for the mosh pit. Conversely, “Coral Blue” stretches out almost five minutes of sludge-infused aural brutality.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Having formed during the winter of 1990, Boston quartet Converge is considered pioneers of metalcore. Their eighth studio album finds them reclaiming their sound — the preceding Axe to Fall was riddled with more guest musicians than a hip-hop album. Opening cut “Aimless Arrow” makes good on its name by throwing fans a curveball with Jacob Bannon trying his hand (or larynx, rather) at melody. But the following “Trespasses” returns the mentally disturbed frontman to his throat-ripping howls and growls with a feral abandon. But things get really interesting with “Sadness Comes Home,” a shape-shifting sock in the clock that opens with a Sabbathesque sludge before erupting like a sonic volcano of hyper-fast fretboard shredding and propulsive, explosive drumming that feel like a thousand fists punching one face. Over this Bannon channels all his inner demons into one ferocious beast doing battle with his own soundtrack. At under two minutes, “Vicious Muse” plays like a stormy tantrum tailor-made for the mosh pit. Conversely, “Coral Blue” stretches out almost five minutes of sludge-infused aural brutality.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
78 Ratings
78 Ratings
thefuturefrom1950 ,

Jane Doe 2: revenge of the revenger

it's hard to put into words how much i love this album, other then since i got it yesterday i've listen to it 10 times in a row, from the emotional and inspiring opening of "aimless arrows" that suddenly turns to the converge trademark sound we know and love, into the intense "trespasses", this album never slows down, and never forgives, just like the converge we know and love, they lyrics are just as intense and real as the sound, and a lot of people have compared this to jane doe or a sequal to jane doe but i think of this as a whole new level of converge.

MisSigsFan ,

Another masterpiece from the metalcore titans!

With all the hype surrounding this band and their new album, some would say that the final product is somewhat disappointing, but to me, this album couldn't have come out any better. The direction they're going in is very apparent. They're more in your face and more brutal than they ever have been. This isn't so apparent when you listen to their album opener and first single "Aimless Arrows," however. It shows Bannon going for more of a melodic approach at vocals, which can be either seen as a bad thing or good thing. In my case, I absolutely loved it. But soon, it takes a complete 180 right into Trespasses, a full on assault on the listeners ear holes. Fast, dissonant, and chaotic. Yep, this is Converge. This album also features some of the most technical guitar and drum work on any Converge release to date. With songs like "Sadness Comes Home" and the title track, All We Love We Leave Behind doesn't hold back. It is very clear what Converge's intentions were with this album: to produce the rawest, hardest hitting album in recent memory, and to set the bar, once again, for the genre. The deluxe version of this album contains three previously released songs that were both featured on splits with bands Napalm Death ("No Light Escapes") and Trap Them ("Runaway"), and self released as a single ("On My Shield"). I suggest to anyone who buys this to make sure to get THIS version. The non-deluxe version almost sounds incomplete without these three other songs. If you're a fan of Jane Doe and anything released prior, it's safe to assume you'll love this album. If you enjoy older Converge...well...all I can say is give this album a try. It is truly amazing.

Jaded Musician ,

Has this band ever put out a bad album?

No.

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