Converge
Petitioning the Empty Sky


5.0
classic

Review

by Jawaharal USER (33 Reviews)
November 8th, 2005 | 34 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


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"



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Zebra
Moderator
November 8th 2005


2647 Comments


Nice work, although I don't think I would enjoy this.

Jawaharal
November 8th 2005


1832 Comments


I could send you some of the stuff through msn or AIM

Rudd13
November 8th 2005


952 Comments


^ what he said. Good writing, but it looks like someone rushed...

Anyways, I've heard a few tracks by this, and yea.

No.

But yes! gets my vote.

Jawaharal
November 8th 2005


1832 Comments


what he said. Good writing, but it looks like someone rushed...

tru dat


NEDM
November 8th 2005


1113 Comments


Mehh, I submitted mine like 2 seconds before you submitted yours. I was in the 1 spot for less then a second.

Good review. I never got into these guys, but they are on emogame. So Ill take a look.

Arrakakaka
November 8th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^Converge is not emo.

I love you cheeto.This Message Edited On 11.08.05

Jawaharal
November 8th 2005


1832 Comments


I love you cheeto

Cool, I have groupies

Arrakakaka
November 8th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Get your face ready to converge with my fist"

Original. :lol:

masada
November 8th 2005


2733 Comments


Daydream Nation didn't have sub-par production.

Rushed, but good review anyway. Nice one-liners.

NEDM
November 8th 2005


1113 Comments


[quote=unstable mind]^Converge is not emo.
[/quote]

i never said they were, go here for what i meant.

http://www.emogame.comThis Message Edited On 11.08.05

Jawaharal
November 8th 2005


1832 Comments


I'm editing this

Jawaharal
November 8th 2005


1832 Comments


Daydream Nation didn't have sub-par production.

Maybe I think so cause I have it on a crappy old vinyl.


Arrakakaka
November 8th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have the remastered 'cause I hate raw production on anything except black metal and death metal. It just doesn't fit for me. But I have the original somewhere in my comp's recycle bin

masada
November 8th 2005


2733 Comments


I want it on vinyl.

Jawaharal
November 8th 2005


1832 Comments


I want it on vinyl

I'll probably put it on ebay soon. So, watch out for it.

DesolationRow
November 8th 2005


833 Comments


No one has Converge on a P2P.......Good review, and I REALLY want to hear them, badly.

Jawaharal
November 8th 2005


1832 Comments


I'll send you stuff twist if you want, I want be on AIM for the next 10-20 minutes since I need food really bad.

Arrakakaka
November 8th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm open. I'll send some.

Zerobass1123This Message Edited On 11.08.05

Arrakakaka
November 8th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

*cough* DARGON *cough cough*














:D

masada
November 8th 2005


2733 Comments


I like the intro.

So neh. :mad:



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