Converge
Beautiful Ruin


3.5
great

Review

by Ben CONTRIBUTOR (24 Reviews)
June 29th, 2018 | 234 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Controlled Demolition

Bannon and co. return kicking and screaming on ‘Beautiful Ruin’, mopping up the last few tracks from the ‘The Dusk in Us’ recording sessions in a blazing 7-minute EP. Severed from the LP to remedy some tracklisting disagreements within the group, the 4 songs here are arguably everything that ‘The Dusk in Us’ was not: short, sweet and savage. In contrast to that record’s tense and patient compositions – adored by some, detested by others – the tunes here are fervent, mangled barnburners. There’s a ‘You Fail Me’-esque ferocity to Bannon’s vocals – his verses venomous, his stanzas spiteful. Koller’s drum fills are suitably urgent, crashing and spilling atop typically tangled guitars. Whilst most songs don’t even scrape the 1:30 mark, each captures a distinct sound and presents a pleasant progression, each budding brazenly and bleeding fuzz. The resulting cacophony is an antithesis to the majority of the criticisms levelled at the LP, a raucous companion piece that may indeed (in line with Bannon’s predictions) surpass some of the album material. In short, Converge prove once more that they have nothing left to prove.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Evrimen
June 29th 2018


152 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow hadn't heard about this one coming out at all. Was this a surprise release?

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2018


6526 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah only leaked yesterday I believe.



tried to do a short and sweet review; didn't want people spending longer reading this than listening to the actual album. so enjoy the glorified sound off. c/c always appreciated.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2018


25757 Comments


hell yesssss easy pos, you describe so much in so little im kinda jealous of this efficiency...

Snake.
June 29th 2018


22270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

WoW nIcE sOuNdOfF yOu'Ve GoT hErE

DrWhitman
June 29th 2018


2 Comments


Wow, what a great soundoff/review man, huge pos. I can literally hear the album in my head without playing a single song just based on your descriptions. Keep it up man, you're very good!

JustJoe.
June 29th 2018


9242 Comments


Beautiful POS.

Don't rain on my parade, Uni, I know it's a stretch. But POS Ruin would be a neg, so.

Chortles
June 29th 2018


21494 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i echo con and the esteemed doctor - you've got everything you need in here so tightly wound, it's impressive. well done lad

TheSpaceMan
June 29th 2018


12942 Comments


Yeah what's been said, pos

Papa Universe
June 29th 2018


22505 Comments


converge - beautiful POS

JustJoe.
June 29th 2018


9242 Comments


Beat you to it.

Papa Universe
June 29th 2018


22505 Comments


Touché (Amore)

POSiful ruin

elliootsmeuth
June 29th 2018


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Converge doing Converge stuff. Slaps cheeks per usual.

JustJoe.
June 29th 2018


9242 Comments


[2]

BlackwaterPork
June 29th 2018


4390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah

AcmeApathyAmok
June 29th 2018


784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good stuff. Bought the 7" even if it's just so I'll have the full collection of the songs from this album cycle on wax.

iglu
June 29th 2018


1695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Melancholia kills

MotokoKusanagi
June 29th 2018


3196 Comments


slaps

also yeah melancholia was my fav of the very ~ brief ~ tracks

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2018


6526 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Cheers for the comments guys. Glad people seem to be digging this.

Lelle
June 29th 2018


2542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Short and sweet, just like the EP!

clavier
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2018


1102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wonderfully concise piece, ben

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