Converge
Jane Doe


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by shrapnel USER (3 Reviews)
December 26th, 2010 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the angriest, most brutal albums you will EVER hear

#1 on Sputnik's top albums of the decade list


Listening to Converge’s Jane Doe is an experience reminiscent of watching the movie Irreversible. If you’ve ever seen that movie, you know exactly the scene I am talking about: the gorgeous Monica Bellucci is viciously anally raped and when her attacker is finished raping her, he then proceeds to beat her face in with kicks, punches and smashing her into the concrete. You get the feeling that that’s just what Jacob Bannon would like to do to this “Jane Doe” but instead he aims that anger at a different target: the listener. Indeed, Bannon violates the listener’s ear canal and after “finishing”, he then bashes their face into the ground until he is exhausted and can do no more damage.

Converge blends punk, hardcore, metal and adds their rage to create one of the most emotional albums in recent memory for you can feel Bannon’s pain in his screams. Is it pain or is it anger? Has he moved on from being heartbroken in is now just angry? From the sound of his voice, he is clearly full of anger but his lyrics suggest differently. The lyrics are those of a man who has had his heart ripped out of his chest and stomped on but the vocals are those of a man who has been mortally wounded, has nothing left to lose and is looking to inflict the same kind of pain onto someone else. In this case, the listener who gets the full brunt of his wrath.

‘Hell to Pay’ is a slower song that gives you the impression of Bannon’s anger subsiding but he is merely catching his breath, it’s just a small reprieve for the assault that is to come. You figure that since he is done sodomizing you, his work is done and you can now leave to nurse your wounds (and bleeding rectum) but no such luck. ‘Homewrecker’ follows it up and there is a line here that really sums up this album: “rah rah rah raaaah.” If you can’t relate to something like that then you clearly haven’t had much of a life. If you’re a male and at least 20 years old, you have had your heart broken by a women (or a man, who am I to judge?) and you know exactly what Jacob Bannon was feeling when he wrote that song.

What stands out most about Jane Doe are clearly the lyrics and the vocals but the they don’t overshadow the brilliant, intricate guitar riffs as shown on ‘Heaven In Her Arms.’ Perhaps overwhelmed by their anger, the train seems to come off the tracks for Converge on ‘Phoenix In Flight’ which is easily the weakest track on the album the brutality resumes and ‘Thaw’ gives you the impression (hope?) that the end is near. Which brings us to the grand finale: ‘Jane Doe.’ The title track may not exactly be what you where expecting based on the rest of the album and you may be expecting something different because it’s the album closer but that’s what makes it so brilliant: you don’t se it coming. You were probably expecting it to be the fastest, most brutal track on the album but it’s actually one if the slowest, still full of rage and brutality but unlike the rest of the album and has the perfect closing lyrics: “rawr rawrz raaaaaah” I couldn’t have said it better myself, I really couldn’t.

Jane Doe really makes you wonder what this “Jane Doe” must have done to inspire such venom, but in the end, Bannon and company are the clear winners here for they took a negative and turned it into… well something very negative which is the anger on this album but it turned out to be the defining moment of their musical careers. Maybe she made a contest on a website that worships this album and tried to give away one of their albums? I can’t imagine anything worse than that.


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shrapnel
December 26th 2010


735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I hope Sputnik had a
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mine was spent watching Irreversible and listening to Jane Doe

eternium
December 26th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great, another Jane Doe review.

Hawks
December 26th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck this album, but good review. Not like it needed another one though.

fr33convict
December 26th 2010


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you should review death magnetic next


pos

climactic
December 26th 2010


19839 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wow wow wow

shrapnel
December 26th 2010


735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album was missing a 4.5 review

cvlts
December 26th 2010


8977 Comments


oh this is just great. another Jane Doe review [2]

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2010


7401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't know whyy everyone gets so bitchy when an album like this gets another review, if the review is good (and this one is) then who cares? five great reviews are better than one surely.

shrapnel
December 26th 2010


735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thx Ali and everyone who pos'd

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2010


8937 Comments


album was missing a 4.5 review


well yeah but there's no 3.5 review either

WHAT WILL WE DO ;;

sniper
December 26th 2010


19080 Comments


I'll review at a 3.5 just for funsies.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2010


8937 Comments


someone has to do a 3 as well!

sniper
December 26th 2010


19080 Comments


no.

Enotron
December 26th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

sniper in a converge thread!

deathofasalesman
December 26th 2010


5852 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Brian Eno fan 5'ing Converge!

Enotron
December 26th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

that's not all that odd on this site

deathofasalesman
December 26th 2010


5852 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Who said it was odd?

Enotron
December 26th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i assumed that's what you meant due to the exclamation point tbh

deathofasalesman
December 26th 2010


5852 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You're weird bro.

Enotron
December 26th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

jus unique!



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