Converge
Petitioning the Empty Sky


5.0
classic

Review

by hankdee27 USER (19 Reviews)
December 16th, 2012 | 42 replies | 1,375 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

"The Saddest Day" is probably Converge's best work. It doesn't even have some of the variation that other songs, like the more recent "Coral Blue" on the album All We Love We Leave Behind. The whole way through, the song doesn't even seem like it reaches the seven-minute mark. It only feels like four minutes to me. Guttural, screechy barks push through in short bursts. No lyrics are even said, but the effect is mind-boggling, and the tempo change in the middle part of the song gives warning signs of boiling pressure. It doesn't collapse into complete atrocities of chaotic terror when it slows down a bit more in the next part, lightening up the mood somewhat with clean guitar-picking. The trick of it all is when it speeds back up (with a riff you could barely even realize was there at all) to the furious beating of the beginning that you feared long after.

Your headache doesn't soften up at all with the continuation of destructive yowling put into "Forsaken". "Albatros" has some off-key singing, that I feel was put there purposely to make you sink into a state of terror and hopelessness that can't be described. It makes you feel, as if you had just murdered somebody, and the guilt is now put into perspective. The salt really digs into the wound though with "Dead". Harmonious singing that puts you into a state of acceptance/self-loathing, continues with the hardcore punk screams. "Shingles" has a repetitive, but acceptable guitar back-and-forth picking line, that bludgeons listener for another beating that is just there for the hell of it being there.

Rather cruelly, "Buried But Breathing" does nothing to reassure the listener, that anything is OK at all. It is the only track with lyrics that are heard in full detail, and it does something a little cool that Black Flag might have done, with what sounds like several shouting along with the singer at once. Now that you've been along this journey, "Farewell to This City" relaxes you into the coma-like suffering that is seated along for the rest of the ride. The rest of the album is pure agony that isn't felt at all, because of the numbness you are enclosed in, but it is no doubt still worth listening to. (The live track, "For You" is especially notable, because of it's bass line at the beginning, and the guitar riffing that is heard along with it's pleasing continuation).

This is one journey anybody can take, as long as they have the balls for it. Played live I can't imagine the feeling of adrenaline given from all emotions woven together successfully. It isn't stupid and whiny, it is true human emotion. No matter how unaccessible this album seems to be for the casual listener, this can be loved with the right amount of courage. If you want to discover more of the genre of Hardcore Punk, or you are just curious for a definition of it, this could be it for sure. Give it a chance, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised from the amount of ignorance that shall leave you.



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Fluttertrank
December 15th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah remove that summary. If you hate them, then why the fuck did you put one?

hankdee27
December 15th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Decided to do something a little different. Hope you like it. If not at all, tell me why, and I will gladly receive that criticism and use it for the future.

sixdegrees
December 15th 2012



16907 Comments


lol flutter

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hankdee27
December 15th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh yeah, you were right about the summaries. I'll remove it. I just instinctively put it there.

hankdee27
December 15th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There, I deleted the summary. Happy?

Fluttertrank
December 15th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@six hahaha yeah...

@hankdee i didnt neg the review cause of it or anything. was just making a point.

hankdee27
December 15th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

OK, thanks for the criticism. It was kind of harsh I guess, but I've come to accept that kind of behavior as normal here. I don't care if you neg the review either. You're allowed to have an opinion.


Fluttertrank
December 15th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well i like the review so i pos'd, and yeah it was harsh. hahaha. but fun.

hankdee27
December 15th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thank you! Appreciate the support!

Fluttertrank
December 15th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no prob bob.

MichaelSnoxall
December 15th 2012



12163 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

album's a 5, yeah.

hankdee27
December 15th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

While is it that I came across your profile, and the most recent comment that you had was on this review I wrote? Must be a coincidence.

ConcubinaryCode
December 15th 2012



2062 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best album.

hankdee27
December 15th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You mean for Converge? Of course yeah! It captures all their best elements. Jane Doe was great, and so was their most recent one, but this one is my personal favorite.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Where the fuck is the intro paragraph? You just go straight into talking about a track

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hankdee27
December 15th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There is no intro paragraph. Someone bitched about it, so I deleted it.

hankdee27
December 15th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Besides, most people today are so ADD, that I decided to make some change to satisfy a couple of them. It looks like that didn't work as I planned, because some of them are still bitching.

wacknizzle
December 15th 2012



12879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweeeettttt, good review. Yeah The Saddest Day seems so short because of how awesome it is.


JUN JUN JUN JUNJUNJUN JUN JUN JUNJUNJUN JUN JUN JUNJUN WEEEEEEEE DOOOOO WEEEEEEE DWEEEEEEE

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Minus.
December 15th 2012



2680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album

Gwyn.
December 15th 2012



14990 Comments


Internet pro tip: People will always bitch about everything

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