Converge
Petitioning the Empty Sky


5.0
classic

Review

by hankdee27 USER (19 Reviews)
December 16th, 2012 | 38 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


"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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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


17111 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?

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.


hankdee27
December 15th 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thank you! Appreciate the support!

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


2078 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


50396 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


13265 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


15103 Comments


Internet pro tip: People will always bitch about everything

hankdee27
December 15th 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@wacknizzle
Thanks for the support. Much appreciated.

sixdegrees
December 15th 2012


17111 Comments


protip: the intro paragraph is not the same thing as the summary

hankdee27
December 15th 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@gwynbliedd
Oh, do I know that for sure. It just seems like this site, is just... Particularly full of the bitching ones.

Poet
December 15th 2012


5933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol@needing to have an intro paragraph anyways in a music review.



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