Converge
Jane Doe


5.0
classic

Review

by Luke M. Jenkins (Confessed) USER (58 Reviews)
June 7th, 2006 | 486 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Jane Doe is often regarded by many fans of Converge as their greatest achievement. Everything about the album seems to flow seamlessly and every member of the band pours all of their emotion and ability into the melting pot to fuse what is, quite simply, a classic album. The album has everything that defines what the band are; intense screaming from Bannon, crushing riffs from the guitars, insane drumming and beautifully crafted (and undecipherable for the most part) lyrics. Plus, the bass throughout the album has a strong presence and killer tone - altogether, this album is simply perfect.

Obviously if you have just read the opening paragraph and are not a fan of brutal music, you are likely to disagree with me. Nevertheless, whether you find this to be just noise or not, nobody can deny the impact Converge have had on the underground music scene, especially with this album. What makes it so brilliant isn't just the fact that all the tracks are great; it is the fact that as a whole, they flow superbly much like a concept album. In fact, the album does indeed appear to be a concept album. Lyrically, the album focuses on issues to do with heartbreak and the separation from a partner. Musically, the album simply wants to put you up against the wall and beat you senseless until you plead for mercy. That statement is backed up best with the album's opener Concubine. Who would have thought the perfect opener would have been compressed in to a measly one minute and eighteen seconds. The song has it all; memorable, brutal riffs, some absolutely insane drumming and incredibly intense vocals from Bannon. Disregard all of the hardcore vocalists you classify as extreme if you are unfamilar with Converge; Jacob Bannon defines the word.

Fault and Fracture is basically a continuation of the album opener - so much so that the two songs were released together as a single. The sheer brutality of these two tracks together is earth-shattering. Anybody unfamiliar with heavy music of any form would simply be floored by this. Whilst not quite as extreme as Concubine, the drumming and memorable technical guitar riff is the definition of amicable destruction. The band are as tight as ever, with Ben Koller throwing in some ridiculously fast drum fills and Kurt Ballou tearing his guitar apart. Of course, Bannon's furious yells are as fantastic as ever - together with the intricacy and intelligence of his lyrics, the album's brilliance is largely due to his frantic shrieks.

Distance and Meaning opens up with a quirky, dissonant guitar riff before launching into a much calmer (it is far from calm still) track. The best bit is when the instruments die down slightly and you can hear the hi-hat clicks of Koller and the eerie whispering of Bannon - before your eardums are massacred with an explosion of fury and possibly my most favourite feedback recording ever. Hell To Pay is a slow moving track, with bass being the main focal point. Nate Newton's bass sounds thick and sludgy, giving way to a great sounding tone which suits the band perfectly. Not much happens here to be honest. But Homewrecker brings the album back up to full throttle. Lyrically, vocally and instrumentally, it is definitely one of the standout moments of Jane Doe. Some truly brilliant guitar riffs here and sumptous drumming from Koller. The chorus is simply brilliant where several drum fills help glue together some kick ass riffs and howls from Ballou and Bannon respectively. The Broken Vow, Bitter and Then Some and Heaven In Her Arms are simply more showcases of the band at dangerously high brutality levels. Bannon sounds demonic on a number of tracks on Jane Doe - but the two track pairing of Phoenix In Flight and Phoenix In Flames are the best displays of his remarkable screams. The latter is simply drums and vocals; Bannon sounds demented beyond help and it sounds awesome. The track flows wonderfully into another gem in the form of Thaw. Intensity is kept up thorughout and you can almost feel the emotion from Bannon's vocals overpower you as he screams his way along with the tight playing of his bandmates. However, the best has definitely been saved until last.

Jane Doe concludes with a masterpiece in the form of the title track. Much like the elation felt when the final piece of a puzzle is placed and the picture completed (maybe I only experience this, being a fifteen year old with very little to do), once Jane Doe begins you are in awe at the work of brilliance that lies before you. Put quite simply, the eponymously named track is incredible; twelve minutes of pure emotion. There is even a solo like section! Whilst not as fast paced as maybe the early stages of the album, the intensity is unmatched; drums, guitars, bass and vocals all collide and amalgamate into one huge slab of killer material. To be honest, it is difficult to describe something so awesome. I recommend at the very least you download this but you should really go out and buy this if you have not got it already.

So there you have it - a masterpiece and probably the opus of Converge. I would recommend this to anybody who likes music to be intelligent, emotionally driven and most of all, brutal. Jane Doe has to be heard to be fully experienced - once you have digested it, it will possibly become one of the best albums of your collection.

Recommended Tracks

Concubine
Fault and Fracture
Homewrecker
Thaw
Jane Doe

But really, the whole album is fantastic and I would recommend all of it.



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AA-12
June 7th 2006


35 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review, and I agree with you. This album is amazing.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 7th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, it's an awesome album that you really can't listen to in chunks, you have to listen to it all to get the full effect.

cbmartinez
June 7th 2006


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Needless to say, it's a masterpiece.

metallicaman8
June 7th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review. Got my vote :thumb:

Txus
June 7th 2006


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really nice review, I love this album a real masterpiece.

Daven
June 7th 2006


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jane Doe=Fucking incredible disc

Confessed2005
June 29th 2006


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

six comments :o

At least eYe can make it 7.

Shamless bUmP

ThisUserIsAPipebomb
July 1st 2006


39 Comments


Just bought this album yesterday, and I don't usually listen to metalcore, or anything hardcore like this, but this is seriosuly going to change my mind I think.

This is the first album of this genre that I've actually been able to listen to for more than just a few songs. I enjoy it.

tearsofthesoul
September 1st 2006


16 Comments


Hey, I havn't Heard much of Converge, but after reading the review it looks like I might have a look at thier myspace tonight. Great Review man.

omgwtfboogie
November 18th 2006


211 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Excellent review, and all true.

Jane Doe is a masterpiece. And I generally despise metalcore or whatever they're considered..

JumpTheF**kUp
February 16th 2007


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't really see what people see in this. I mean, it's alright, but nothing special. At least to me it isn't.

AlienEater
February 16th 2007


716 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

jumpthefuckup this album rules

JumpTheF**kUp
February 16th 2007


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh ok

CrossTheBreeze
February 16th 2007


45 Comments


I sort of liked some of the songs I downloaded from this album. I might get it, not sure yet

Killtacular
February 16th 2007


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The title track slays.

Confessed2005
February 16th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes it most certainly does.

I learnt the guitar riffs to Bitter and Then Some the other day; Ballou is a really inventive guitarist even if his riffs are not always insanely technical.

Does anyone else think this review was well written?

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 16th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah it's good. probably better than my review, but I am not one to judge my own reviews.

but I don't like stuff like "Obviously if you have just read the opening paragraph and are not a fan of brutal music, you are likely to disagree with me. "

This Message Edited On 02.16.07

Confessed2005
February 16th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah I probably should have worded that differently - or just left it out completely.

Intransit
February 25th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album slays. JumptheF**kup is gay.

Rhyme.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 25th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

WTF WHY WAS MY RATING FOR THIS ONLY 4.5

changed!



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