Strap yourself in; you're in for a bumpy ride. Coming up to their 15th year, collaborating with everyone who's anyone (in underground music terms), working with most major punk/hardcore/metal labels, and being self-acclaimed cult heroes, it would be fair to say Converge have had quite a career. It would also be fair to say that there had to be a point where they started to break mainstream, like so many important bands before them, and to do it with a truly groundbreaking album. "You Fail Me' could well be that album.
Just over half an hour long it may be, but the listener gets so captivated by this album, one thinks it could have been going on for hours. But then, considering how many times you are likely to listen to this album, it probably did go one for hours when you do the math.
It's unfair to judge this album on single tracks, such as "Black Cloud" or "Eagles Become Vultures" the "singles" of the album. You need to hear it through and through, beginning to end; advised at least a couple of times, to fully appreciate how amazing this album is. Because it is a journey, admittedly fairly short as far as epic albums go, but that is perhaps its unique charm. But what makes this special is that every track on this album needs each other. 'Black Cloud" sounds quite good by itself, but when you hear 2 part intro "First Light" and "Last Light"; a slow paced, attention seeking, atmospheric, piece, "Black Cloud" suddenly becomes amazing.
It's all about setting the listener up in ephemeral stabs with this album. Dropping fast paced punk songs in the middle of gloomy, loud, -whisper it; progressive, tracks just makes the whole thing flow brilliantly, it's as if the band are right in front of you screaming their bollocks off for your entertainment. Usually long, sprawled out, sluggish tracks such as "You Fail Me" or "In Her Shadow" on any other album would be extremely boring, but since they sit right in the middle of walls of punk, hardcore and metal sounds colliding, they only exceed the quality of this album.
Thos who complain or even say that "they aren't as good as" or "they aren't as acclaimed as Dillinger Escape Plan" are simply wrong, because they are two completely different bands with different sounds. Where DEP take influences from masses of musical genres and influences to create something new, Converge just crash together their own favourite bands to make something raw, powerful and edgy. They are as important as Botch and Palehorse in their own genres, and with this album, they are here to prove it.
petitioning the empty sky sucked wang in my opinion... i dont see what the big deal about that album is, You Fail Me is the album that originally turned me off of converge and its a much better album. When Forever Comes Crashing is my fave so far out of their stuff. Havent heard Jane Doe, but plan to soon.
Shee-it, people slag this album a lot these days. Personally, I think it was the most logical extension of their Jane Doe sound, an album that was full of incredible, crippling catharsis. This album was the release of some of that shit from Bannon's mind, but you really need to "get" Jane Doe to understand You Fail Me, I think.
This album is fukking great by any of today's musical standards, but definitely below Jane and Forever Comes Crashing. But I think that Last Light, Black Cloud, Drop Out (best song on the album, the outro is a total eargasm) Eagles Become Vultures, and even Heartless are better than 95% of most hardcore bands' songs out now.
i like the creativity and the riffs on this album. theyre taking a new approach to the music here. this, like petitioning the empty sky, has really grown on me. i pretty much love it now. its really got a different kind of sound and i like how prominent the bass is on this album. i think along with Zao, Converge is one of the few metalcore bands i can count on to come up with something original and fresh sounding on every new release.