Converge
Gravel


3.0
good

Review

by Mall USER (42 Reviews)
January 24th, 2015 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Riddled with my faults and fractures

The poor production might dress this as up as poorly-crafted slop, but Converges demo Gravel is far from bad. Sure it sound nothing like Jane Doe or even their earlier material a la Halo In a Haystack but its a damn fine example of a youthful Bannon and co. exploring the more hardcore elements of their sound.

Above all, Bannons vocal evolution has been Converges defining factor. Here he literally barks his way through songs, occasionally sings during jangly string breaks and around 50% of the time aided by gang vocals, a principle of any 90's hardcore band and no stranger on Gravel. It's just as diverse as Petitioning the Empty Sky in this regard, eschewing duck-squawks and moaning chants for a more straightforward but no less savage approach. You've never heard Bannon like this before, a raging beast writhing to escape the comparatively tame songs he's given to work with here.

Not that these songs are bad. Obviously in the post Jane Doe era everyone expects classics from this band, so disappointment is all anyone is gonna get from this. If you treat this as a non-Converge album, it's actually a lot more impressive. But, considering that it is one of their record, it's inevitably a little shocking to hear such lightweight riffs and timid drums as the mainframe for a band stripped of their technicality and progressive flair. Instead, the songs thrive off groove, and the moments where there is none offer nothing but dogged crust punk-cum-cheesy metalcore. Luckily there's enough of that crucial element to make this a worthwhile addition to the bands discography.



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Funeralopolis
January 24th 2015


14220 Comments


nice to see someone finally reviewed this, also great review you've been on a frenzy lately.

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Spec
January 24th 2015


35631 Comments


Don't remember enjoying this at all.

Relinquished
January 24th 2015


38951 Comments


check your grammar, mall

BMDrummer
January 24th 2015


14440 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

finally a rev

Veldin
January 24th 2015


3771 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hell, I'm gonna check this out, why not? How do you guys feel about Halo in a Haystack?

leviegalapon
January 24th 2015


78 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Interesting, I never heard of this release until I read this review. Bannon sounds way different on this release. Its also interesting to hear where Converge started.

SadAndHolyGlow
January 24th 2015


1615 Comments


Awesome review. This needed to be written.

betray
January 24th 2015


9387 Comments


This is pretty cool. Pos'd the review. Don't like the beginning sentence of the 2nd paragraph but other than that no problems,
short and to the point.

iamamanfromspace
January 25th 2015


1030 Comments


is this their Slayer rip off songs

Supercoolguy64
September 1st 2016


8761 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

man its so weird how diffferent Jacob sounds on this

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Wildcardbitchesss
October 4th 2018


2574 Comments


I refuse to believe that’s actually Jacob on vocals. Like it sounds like a completely different person.



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