Converge
Unloved and Weeded Out


3.5
great

Review

by Luke M. Jenkins (Confessed) USER (58 Reviews)
May 30th, 2007 | 23 replies | 11,657 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A nice collection of often overlooked material. Unloved and Weeded Out is an eclectic mix of earlier Converge material, presented in a neat package featuring interesting demos and intense live recordings as well as the bulk of the early material.

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Rather than a full album, Converge's Unloved and Weeded Out is more of a compilation of sorts. It features tracks from various past releases as well as demo's of songs that would later surface on the album When Forever Comes Crashing. Two live tracks are also on offer here; both songs are from the band's earlier years but certainly demonstrate just how intense and brutal a Converge live set is - anyone who has seen the band live is likely to agree with the description I just gave.

The most notable thing about this album when compared to the band's other work is that the production is very different; each track sounds very raw and brutal. Downpour kicks the album into full throttle, showing every aspect the band have become renowned for using; Bannon's demonic shrieks and brilliantly crafted lyrics, Ballou's inventive riffs, Newton's thick bass tone and just general cacophony. The drumming is notably less complex when compared to the era that began with Jane Doe - Damon Bellorando was at the drumstool until his departure in 1999. Nevertheless, the band are unrelenting on every track featured. Homesong and For You are definite highlights here (both songs were featured on the reissue of Petitioning the Empty Sky as live radio tracks) as they show Bannon's lyrical mastery and ear-piercing vocal work to the highest standards. However, the standout track here is undoubtedly Undo (previously released on the Halo In a Haystack/Caring and Killing album). It differs drastically from anything the band have ever released in that the riffs and vocal delivery are almost in the vein of true emo.

Five demos of songs that would later be included on the 1998 release When Forever Comes Crashing are present on the disc. It is interesting to hear how the songs began and eventually how they would progress into what is presented on WFCC. But Towing Jehovah and When Forever Comes Crashing are probably the two best ones out of the five - the intro to the latter is one of the craziest and most innovative riffs Ballou has ever produced.

Two tracks from The Poacher Diaries are also featured as live recordings - the quality of both are in fact excellent. Each instrument is clear and the cacophony of a Converge live set is captured superbly.

Overall, whilst this may be very overlooked when observing the band's complete discography, Unloved and Weeded Out is certainly a very good collection of material to have, especially if you are a big fan of the band.

Recommended Tracks

Downpour
Homesong
For You
Undo

But the live tracks and demos are also well worth checking out.



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Confessed2005
May 30th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just looked over this and it seems awfully short.

But I didn't really want to do a TBT; this seems like a more suitable way of reviewing the album.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
May 30th 2007



4925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was going to review this, but I reconsidered many times due to the fact it was in fact a B-side album. Downpour and Homesong are amazing though. The rest is kind of above-meh but not that much. I like the demos and the live tracks, but the actual records crap on all of them.

It's not that short by the way. I wouldn't have wanted to read any more about this album.

slep
May 30th 2007



1604 Comments


I like the demos and the live tracks, but the actual records crap on all of them.


My thoughts exactly. Okay review.



kalkal50
May 30th 2007



2386 Comments


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AlienEater
May 30th 2007



716 Comments


this is pretty good

Confessed2005
July 9th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Downpour is absolutely awesome live.

cbmartinez
July 9th 2007



2525 Comments


I've only heard the tracks that they stuck on Petitioning. I didn't really find them very impressive. But I'll still check this

Knuckles
August 25th 2007



74 Comments


I'm getting this within the next two days.

iamrockzorz
March 7th 2008



1028 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love this so much,

downpour is such a fucking good song. live is great too.

keyboardxmosh
September 1st 2008



1007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

downpour is the best metalcore song ever

Burn2Burn
November 4th 2008



2378 Comments


downpour is fucking intense.

erasedcitizen
October 20th 2009



716 Comments


Yes, "Flowers and Razorwire" and "Homesong" are two of their best.

Lelle
June 22nd 2010



2146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is worth buying for Downpour alone. DEVIL STAY AWAY FROM MEEEEEEEYYYHHHHH

deftones27
October 22nd 2010



137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love For you and Downpour.

Lelle
October 23rd 2010



2146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the mixing is bad on Poacher Diaries. The live version of Locust Reign on this album is so much more hard hitting than the Poacher Diaries version. It's usually the one I listen to

Lelle
November 20th 2010



2146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The song Jacob's Ladder on this is fucking amazing, too. Totally underrated

sadeci0
November 26th 2010



3 Comments


Anybody who appreciates Converge's work has got to have this. When you're craving new material, pick it up. Although most of it isn't really new, the different recordings and live tracks give it that type of feel. And it does feel pretty raw, giving the tracks even more power when I listen. To be honest, if this were a stand alone record, I'd still give it 5 stars.

demigod!
December 13th 2012



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

some killer tracks here

SaneTBP
December 13th 2012



1496 Comments


love the cover art

demigod!
December 13th 2012



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

homesong is so good



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