METALCORE, MORE LIKE FAGGOT MALLCORE
You will find a statement like this from almost any hot-shot metal enthusiast or if your part of the Nazi metal clan (very distasteful). But not only is this statement retarded and coming from Jew hating metal geeks but it couldn't be any wronger (not a word, but it will do). Not only does this album pwn the living hell out of most other metalcore albums, it also just about one of the best metal albums of the last ten years.
Words cannot properly express the album (the singer can't seem to either "BLAH BLAH LAH AHAHAH DEAD BLAH GLAH AHHHH") From start to finish it is an intense trip of sadness, death and ugh... HEADBANGING!!!! Right when the The Saddest Day
kicks things off you know this album is something special. The loud chugging guitars, the screaming intense vocals, and the rhythms all foretell what is too come later on in the album.
This album is kind of like a tootsie pop. It just gets better and better as the album progresses. How the consistently make such great songs? The world may never know. This album never really gets boring and each song has something new to offer. From the emo-ish Dead
to the melancholy slow-paced Farewell Note To This City
there is great diversity. The songs are surprisingly catchy for metal and can certainly appeal to hardcore fans and metal fans.
The musicianship is also how this type of music should be. Not too technical but not too simple. This album clings to its hardcore roots and embraces its metal influences. The guitars play some mighty fine licks and really chugga-chugga-choo-choo. The bass is very low and growls and the drums standout every now and then (namely The Saddest Day
) The vocalist may not utter a single understandable word on this album, but thatís what album sleeves are for right?
But what really makes this album good is the rawness and emotion you feel conveyed in these songs. In Dead
the vocals sound so painful and not in a cheesy way. The constant use of feedback makes the album sound as though it was recorded live. These songs don't just feel like compositions. They feel alive. The countless flaws on here are beautiful. Its like how it was on Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation
. The fuzzy guitars, sub-par production, and rawness were a good thing and really gave the album its atmosphere. When you hear the guitarist mess up it feels like this album was made by humans instead of aliens with very good production :eek:
There is really nothing wrong with this album. Itís all fantastic and classic material. The intensity is consistent and the songwriting never fails to impress. Definitely a must own for anybody who likes metal. And the next time someone says metalcore sucks, tell them about Converge and then make some lame line around the boundaries of "get ready for your face to converge with my fist"