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Customer Reviews

It's converge... what do you expect?!?

These guys know what they are doing. This album differs from their previous ones in that Kurt Bailou's guitar parts take a more active role in the overall sound, but it's Converge nonetheless. The drums are fantastic as always, the guitar parts are as well. I'm finding that the bass is taking a more active role as well, showing through on Axe To Fall more than any other Converge album. Lastly, Bannon's vocals, which tend to sound a bit different on every album, have dropped the strange, almost underwater vocal sound from No Heroes, and have returned to a much more raw and powerful level, even though there is still a touch of No Heroes in the sound. Altogether, this album is great. Five stars as always. Plus, this album harnesses a more metal sound, and hopefully this will draw in more of the ignorant metal heads who deem anything "core" as gay or lame or not br00tal enough. And this is something that I think will really help Converge bring their sound to more ears.


Best record of the year.

Just Not Feelin It

Been a Converge fan for a long, long time now, and nothing is more exciting then when they release a new album. I remember hearing the title track before this came out and being really astounded by it, getting really eager for the release of the album. Then it came out, I jammed it consistently for a good day or so and a few songs stuck out as being really hard hitting and balls out heavy as f**k; the usual business with Converge. I had no problem with the closing tracks, in fact I found them to be quite persuasive as Converge's need to branch out in experimentalism. Also loving the albums centerpiece "Damages" the very best right away. The right amount of gritty carnage and slow churning build up to kick my a*$. But I noticed the second or third time I jammed Axe To Fall, that as a whole it was just lacking something to me. It has a very vicious and loud sound that makes it sound very convincing at first. But then I noticed after a few songs I just didnt have my nuts handed to me in that same Converge brutality. Like they use all this rage and energy to produce this off the wall too heavy vibe, and then I jus theard not going anywhere but the last 5 seconds of the song. Songs like "Slave Driver", & "Losing Battle" just colllapse in on themselves with this aimless velocity and the whole thing just starts to sound the same. Which is very hard to admit because of how high ive always held Converge in my sights. I guess it boils down to the new direction they're pushing their music, and perhaps it doesnt sound as good to me as it does to them. Or I might just be to partial to the old stuff to give this a solid chance. I tried though. Die hard fans will be blown away, new fans will love it to death as well. And theirs nothing wrong with that whatsoever. As for myself, I feel Converge's carnage stepping into a new more diverse direction of hardcore just isnt for me.


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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