Converge
Jane Doe


4.0
excellent

Review

by trampled USER (5 Reviews)
July 24th, 2013 | 81 replies | 2,240 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fantastic album that is let down by one song and its own hype.

1 of 7 thought this review was well written

Jane Doe is supposedly THE Converge album. It is listed as one of the metalcore albums that everyone should hear by almost everybody that you speak to about the band, and is frequently cited as being among the best releases in its genre, if not the best. It is a release that had a lot to live up to given that the past two releases by this band got highly praised, and almost succeeds, although fails to live up to the hype that surrounds it quite as well as it should do.

One of my favorite things about this album is the lyrics. Whilst this was previously one of my major complaints about the band, on Jane Doe, Jacob gets them just right. They are flooded with emotion whilst every song tells a story of its own, and really add to the sound of the band. You can not really understand what is being said in the songs without the lyric booklet, but Jacob also puts in a fantastic performance with his tortured screams that sound like a constipated Kung-Fu master. He is one of the best vocalists in metalcore, and his style is just so unique and something you won't hear anywhere else.

The instrumental performances here are all exceedingly tight as well. The drumming is all over the place, like Dave Lombardo on speed or an acid trip, and it really suits the rest of the instruments. Whilst on the album that preceded this the instruments sounded a little dull at times and unable to keep any momentum going, this album is stellar throughout. The riffs are intense, very technical and super enjoyable, and the bass adds on to this with some great thumping in the background. The messed up song structures that Converge have always employed are back here, to give the impression of sheer musical chaos that every member of the band adds to very well with some of the best performances in their career. It is just a shame that this album gets so overhyped. It really does fall victim to this, and at the end of the album you will say "yeah it's awesome but I was expecting more".

Hell To Pay is the one song here that really lets the bunch down however and is the reason for a score of 4 out of 5. It is a lot slower than the rest of the album and this would be acceptable if it kept any manner of groove going. However, the instrumentals are all very underwhelming across the board and the vocals could do with some improvement. Thankfully, the rest of the album makes up for this from the opener through to the title track which really makes great use of its extended running time.

Jane Doe is an album that is not quite as good as it is hyped up to be but still should remain a staple of any metalcore fan's ipod or playing device.


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Gwyn.
July 24th 2013



15018 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yes a Jane Doe review




Also, your writing has no flow and you're really hit or miss with your punctuation.

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BigPleb
July 24th 2013



36067 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agreed with the rating but not sure about the review at all.

Some really weird phrasing knocking about.

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MO
July 24th 2013



18522 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol and people say bwp doesn't need anymore reviews

MO
July 24th 2013



18522 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yes

Gwyn.
July 24th 2013



15018 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

lol

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
July 24th 2013



13027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whats wrong with hell to pay

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Tyrael
July 24th 2013



20828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hum

Ire
July 24th 2013



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

idk

Cygnatti
July 24th 2013



21350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dam, but album rules tho.

DegausserGuernica24
July 24th 2013



1134 Comments


Another Jane Doe review? God dam- Wait, it's not a 5/5?! ZOMGWTFASDFJIOJEOWJOIJOWI

PumpBoffBag
July 24th 2013



327 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ugh, not again

thumbcrusher
July 24th 2013



3591 Comments


is skele just making another alt for each band?

JS19
July 24th 2013



4219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yeah, another Jane Doe review. i think people just write these for themselves nowadays.

Is English not your first language?

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CK
July 24th 2013



4910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well the rating is right

Gwyn.
July 24th 2013



15018 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off



BigPleb
July 24th 2013



36067 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice rack

SaneTBP
July 24th 2013



1689 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good :D

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NastyCrab
July 24th 2013



328 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Homewrecker would be incomplete without listening to Hell To Pay first.

demigod!
July 24th 2013



44162 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

and breaking vow after

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TheSupernatural
July 24th 2013



1140 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nothing but Converge reviews? wut is this?

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