Converge
Halo in a Haystack


2.0
poor

Review

by trampled USER (5 Reviews)
July 21st, 2013 | 39 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A dull, uninspired album with two great songs that stand out among a cess pool of rubbish

Converge. The band are infamous for a variety of reasons. Their musicianship is phenomenal, every member is incredibly talented, their vocalist creates some of the most chaotic sounds ever, their song structures are ***ed beyond repair, their tracks are mainly more than listenable. However, every band has to put out one dull album and in their case, it was their debut album. It was called Halo In A Haystack and was released in 1994, four years after the band formed. On this album there is ten songs, and of those ten songs, two are good, three are average and the other five are abysmal and make you wonder exactly what the band was doing in the first four years of their existance. The fact is that they clearly did not hone their talents enough because this album is for the most part quite dull. The pacing of the tracks are really the main problem here. When they are short, there are no problems. Closing song Undo was a clear highlight, clocking in at two minutes eighteen and never dipping in quality. However, songs such as Divinity and Antithesis do not make good use of their four/five minute lengths.

When this album is firing on all cylinders, it is ***ing awesome. Vocalist Jacob Bannon is the best member of the band in this album, with some really nice screams that sound very unique and somewhat forced but definitely suit the music. Whilst the song structures are not as haywire as they are on the band's other albums, they are still pretty weird on here and keep the album moving forward, despite the fact that the songs aren't all that good. Down is the best song here, constantly changing sound and styles, and maintaining a dark mood throughout, with an excellent vocal performance and a surprisingly good guitar performance. Whilst the guitars are nowhere near as hard hitting as on albums like Jane Doe, they are still decent on this song. However this is really the only track where the riffs stand out, as for the most part they meander around and do little to add to the feel of the music. The drum performance is quite dull and pedestrian aside from a couple of moments that leap out, most startlingly in the introduction of Fact Leaves Its Ghost. Sadly, this song only deteriorates from here into a mess of chords and other stuff that does nothing very good.

Unfortunately, Converge's debut is a massive disappointment, where the longer songs are dull and even the majority of the shorter songs do little to nothing to keep it moving. They would go on to accomplish much greater things on the follow up, but their debut is a train wreck for the most part.


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2.7
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Gyromania
July 21st 2013


29141 Comments


the guitar work on this album is really bad. jacob really shines in parts, but overall it's pretty bad

BigPleb
July 21st 2013


59955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ye, this album blows for the most part.

Gwyn.
July 21st 2013


17173 Comments


m/

BigPleb
July 21st 2013


59955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I want them titties like now.

MrElmo
July 21st 2013


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Correct rating and I agree with almost everything said here except that Jacob is a standout, his screams and lyrics are very

underdevelopped at this point, he'll truly master both at When Forever Comes Crashing and on. Also review ain't bad, pos,

although you should make your arguments flow a bit better.

ILJ
July 21st 2013


6941 Comments


"Converge. The band are infamous for a variety of reasons."

it really bothers me when people open reviews like this. also infamous implies that they're famous for negative reasons.

Avagantamos
July 21st 2013


6710 Comments


As a Converge fan should I bother giving this a listen?

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2013


57038 Comments


Converge are fucking infamous dude, they're up there with O.J. Simpson

bach
July 21st 2013


16282 Comments


Ain't enough jontron avatars 'round here.

KILL
July 21st 2013


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

gravel>

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2013


2622 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think it's safe to say that many prefer to ignore this album, since Converge have sounded so much more creative with every album after their debut. That said, this album does contain a couple of good songs, like 'Divinity' and 'Antithesis'.

demigod!
December 30th 2013


49295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

shallow breathing m/

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2014


19215 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

uhhhhh





































wot is this?

Son of Mr. Pain
November 2nd 2014


24996 Comments


This is so not that bad. For a demo album, it's actually pretty great. On its own merits, it's decent.

BMDrummer
November 16th 2014


14646 Comments


not as bad as people say

Artuma
November 16th 2014


31372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

agreed, some real gems on here behind all the undeveloped elements

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Supercoolguy64
January 31st 2015


9156 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

damn the vox on this are really grating

but it brings the riffs

Digging: Rune - The End Of Nothing

Veldin
January 31st 2015


3890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

At least a 3

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2015


14665 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

anyone got a link for this?

Digging: Jeromes Dream - LP

BandNewbac
September 27th 2015


2461 Comments


this album is nowhere near as bad as most people make it out to be



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