Converge maintain the ever eclipsing presence of their career to deliver another satisfying collection of songs to add to an already expansive discography.
Five years have gone by since the release of the critically acclaimed All We Love We Leave Behind, and with Boston’s Converge being at the apex of the metalcore food chain, fans have been patiently awaiting a new album to sink their teeth into. With the release of their ninth (!) full-length album The Dusk In Us, Converge make a point to prove that they’re still at the top of their creative peak.
‘A Single Tear’ opens the album at breakneck speed only to curb its momentum in favour of a slow building bridge that gradually escalates and coalesces into a satisfying climax. And that’s just track one. ‘Eye Of The Quarrel’ and ‘Under Duress’ mix with this alchemy, the latter of which trades speed for weight with one of the records many crushingly good riffs alongside Bannon’s blistering, desolate screams.
Perhaps the only head scratcher is the eponymous title track chosen as the album’s centrepiece. A slow, brooding number that show’s Bannon’s throaty singing that stretches an almost bluesy swagger across the track’s seven-minute runtime while a highlight in itself and not at all outside of Converge’s realm of experimentation, abruptly kills the album’s forward momentum only to have it build back up across the LP’s second half.
‘Thousands Of Miles Between Us’ acts as a slower reprieve before transitioning into the menacing closer of ‘Reptilian’, with some of Ballou’s most sinister sounding riffs on record, ending the album with a devastating gut punch.
The fact that The Dusk In Us showcases two strong halves is impressive enough, but with the intentional placement of the title track, it appears Converge’s willingness to shoot themselves in the foot only to have them still carry themselves across the finish line is a testament to the band’s ability to challenge themselves and confidence in their songwriting.
Dre’s Top Three:
- A Single Tear
- I Can Tell You About Pain