Converge
All We Love We Leave Behind


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mall USER (42 Reviews)
October 6th, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let their passion lead the way

One of the most seminal hardcore bands of the last twenty years, Converge's chaotic nature has brought them to a different sound each and every time they put out a record, and their latest album is certainly no different.

The murky hardcore of Halo In A Haystack evolved into more chaotic territory with the release of Petitioning The Empty Sky and When Forever Comes Crashing, but the arrival of Jane Doe saw then reach a creative peak with incomprehensible shrieks, mathcore influenced riffs and an unbelievably dense bass sound. Their more recent records such as You Fail Me and No Heroes have been glossier and produced, but will undoubtedly heavy, and led up to Axe To Fall, the band's finest effort to date.

Luckily, most of what made their 2009 album so brilliant remains here. Opener Aimless Arrow is the cleanest, most accessible track the bands have ever come up with, but follower Trespasses would be comfortably at home on Jane Doe. Elsewhere, the southern guitar sound leaks into the grindcore-esque drums on the epic Sadness Comes Home. Then comes Sparrow's fall, where Jacob Bannon's mastery of poetry and vicious howls bleed into one another in a way they never did in Jane Doe or the band's other heavier releases. Sludgier, Baroness-ish songs such as Coral Blue break the tracklist up fantastically, allowing for spoken word, clean vocals and other strokes of vocal and instrumental mastery that so far have failed to work their way into the heavier elements successfully.

Definitely the band's most varied album, All We Love is a better album than Axe To Fall because it relies less on guest vocalists and more on the band's individual talents, erm, converging together. The album's highlight might be the title track, a song that really epitomises nearly twenty years of experience into the most heartfelt, emotionally charged track they've ever created. Bannon's earnest, driven yelp intertwined with the fast, technical guitars as well as ever, but what makes the track a true gem is the approach to losing a loved one, namely a beloved pet, and realising you never had a proper chance to say goodbye.

Overall, this might be the band's most accessible record to date, but it's also by far their best. Catchy, heavy and surprisingly experimental, there's no sign of Converge losing relevancy here With a production job as great as the ones their guitarist gives the bands working so hard to imitate them, this is undoubtedly the pinnacle of the band's unbelievable talent, and the proof is right here in every track off this wonderful, career-defining album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Judio!
October 6th 2014


8434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice write-up, man. Review reads higher than a 4 because you never really criticize it but whatever.



Second favorite 'Verge for me. Title-track is pretty much as good as it gets with this band.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2014


10468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"but will undoubtedly heavy"



I'm guessing it should be "still"



Good review pos. I'm guessing you don't quite think as highly of this band as everyone else if a 4 for this is better than Jane Doe or anything else by them.

Artuma
October 6th 2014


30100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

your opinions are ridiculous



review is fine

Tunaboy45
October 6th 2014


16702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A well written review. pos.

Artuma
October 6th 2014


30100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my biggest complaint on this rev is that it's 100% praise and you only gave the album a 4

Artuma
October 6th 2014


30100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so basically you think album is perfect so you gave it a 4/5

Artuma
October 6th 2014


30100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah different rating systems but this review reads like a 4.5 at the least

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2014


10468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I kinda understand where he's coming from. There are a few albums out there that I struggle to find something to hate but it just doesn't click with me on a personal enough level to give it a 5 or something. I'm very stingy with 5's as well Mall.

Artuma
October 6th 2014


30100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it wasn't me i swear

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2014


10468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't lie. Tell the truth. All shall be forgiven

jtswope
October 6th 2014


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Okay people, just because you don't give an album a 5, doesn't mean you have to point out what's wrong with it. A 4 still means he loves it. Maybe he just doesn't enjoy it quite as much as an album he would give a 4.5 or above.

KriegdemKriege
October 6th 2014


1544 Comments


"most seminal" reads awkwardly, even though it is proper English.

Muisc4Life26
October 6th 2014


3467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review! album slays

Judio!
October 7th 2014


8434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What are you top 3, arcade ?

FadeToBlack
October 7th 2014


11044 Comments


but they all sound the same ioi

climactic
October 7th 2014


22385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ioi

BigPleb
October 7th 2014


56999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

misd you fade

titanslayer
October 8th 2014


2713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

t/t is brilliant

King_Smithy
March 12th 2015


292 Comments


First Converge for me. I like



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