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Converge: You Fail Me
Hardcore
Epitaph Records
September 21st, 2004
Release length: 35:27
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It seems that most hardcore bands nowadays severely overuse the distortion in the instruments and vocals, as well as just incorporate a lot of noise through feedback, and play the instruments really fast with a sludgy feel in a way that it just sounds terrible. And where the hell are the breakdowns? What the hell happened to the hardcore breakdowns? What the hell happened to hardcore! Converge is the perfect example of this new sludgy non-hardcore noisecore sound.

If the first few traCKS don’t give you an insane migraine thanks to the annoying guitar riffs on “Last Light” and the insanely annoying feedback that sounds like those recorder instruments that gradeschool students would play in music class on “Black Cloud”, then you must be deaf. There really isn’t much to say about this release other then that it is extremely mind numbing. “Hope Street” is a decent song, as the guitar chords don’t sound like what happens after two trains collide, and it even has what could possibly be a breakdown! Same goes for “Heartless” except that it has it’s moments where the music just jumbles together into a wreck, but luckily it’s only prodominant at the start of the song.

It must be said, hoiwever, that the title track, “You Fail Me”, is just one hell of a song. It’s slow, it’s heavy, it makes you want to just run around and break stuff over someone’s head from the heavy start to ambient end. Why the entire album couldn’t be done like that and not have really short songs with music that is so fast with chords that clash is beyond reason. At this point the music seems to change, especially with “In Her Shadow”, which follows in the footsteps of “You Fail Me” as far as the ambience goes, but is a much slower paced song, sung, and has a very psychodelic feel that would make the stoned listener very happy. “Eagles Become Vultures” and “In Her Blood” are two other notable tracks that won’t cause migraines and have more of a hardcore feel then a noisecore feel.

So, basically the album doesn’t pick up until about half way through with the title track, with the exception of “Hanging Moon” which is just flat out terrible. If you’re into the new style of hardcore, which seems more like just noise and screaming without any actual “core” aspect, then this is perfect for you! But for the rest of us who enjoy our music without popping aspirin every new song, this isn’t really a full length you’ll want to pick up. With only a handful of good songs, and only one that really stands out, this is just an ok album for the new definition of hardcore.

01. First Light – 1:01
02. Last Light – 3:33
03. Black Cloud – 2:19
04. Drop Out – 2:32
05. Hope Street – 1:06
06. Heartless – 2:28
07. You Fail Me – 5:36
08. In Her Shadow – 6:25
09. Eagles Become Vultures – 2:10
10. Death King – 2:07
11. In Her Blood – 4:06
12. Hanging Moon – 2:04
Overall Score: 4/10
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