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Petitioning the Empty Sky [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Converge Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Mar 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Equal Vision
  • ASIN: B0007OP16M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Saddest Day 7:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Forsaken 2:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Albatros 1:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dead 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Shingles 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Buried But Breathing 1:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Farewell Note To This CIty 5:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Color Me Blood Red 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. For You (Live) 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Antithesis (Live) 5:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Homesong 6:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Love As Arson (Alt Version) 3:020.99  Buy MP3 


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another piece of Hardcore history revamped.... 25 Feb 2005
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
In the music industry, it is a well known fact that it's dangerous to tamper with the classics... The same applies to Converge's 'Petitioning The Empty Sky', this would either be a total flop of an album, leaving fans wondering what possessed Converge to touch these albums, or this would be a total victory, and a devestating good listen.
Fortunately, Converge have come out on top with this reissue of 'Petitioning The Empty Sky'.
Album opener 'The Saddest Day' became a Hardcore anthem, a breathtaking musical journey that features more tempo changes, key changes and dissonant chord breakdowns than you can shake a stick at, whereas Farewell Note To This City features a simple harmonic intro, underpinned by a driving bassline, that builds into a melodic crescendo of a chorus.
The reissued version features new artwork and re-recorded, remixed and re-produced tracks, and the result is staggering. For all those familiar with the 'evil' buildup in 'The Saddest Day' (2:04), prepare to have your ears torn from the side of your head. This is how this album was meant to sound: crisp, clear and mind-numbingly brutal.
This album has lost nothing of its original character, instead it has gained so much from the renovation. Hats off to Kurt Ballou for an amazing job.
A classic for a new era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how good this album is 10 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this album really is the best converge album you will ever hear.converge combine such diverse styles as metal,punk and noisecore to create a truly individual and eclectic sound.this music iis undeniably the most original of any genre and deserves more recognition,buy this album,buy it now
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4.0 out of 5 stars not the band you think 13 Jan 2008
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
converge started in 1990 and this being their second full length was released in 1997 but i dare say they kept themselves busy touring away,anyway there are preconcieved notions when it comes to the band converge,firstly that they are violently extreme in their sound,in some ways its true but it isnt limited to just that,they create some lush melodies and the singer jacob has a wide range of vocals from tortured screams to clean vocals that sound vunerable and strained but work perfectly.
The albums opener says it all really and what a song,'the saddest day' is a seven minute track that combines earthy thrash with a very punk backbone with screams and clean vocals crashing all over the place,the song is simply jaw dropping,everyone needs to hear this.
The quality of the album is steadfast for the most part,the excellent 'farewell note to this city' comes across as slint like and contains some heartfelt melodies.
The album contains short tracks mixed alongside some epic work and all in all this is a gem of an album,it tails off just slightly with the final track which was recorded in radio station but aside from that all signs point to good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "These holes in my hands are for you" 4 Feb 2000
By kevin souza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Converge defintely hits hard with this one. Right from the 7 min. long epic first track "Saddest Day" to the insane live performances of "Homesong" "Antithesis" and "For You". I will admit, the disc didn't hit me right away and it is sort of an aquired taste with Bannon's voice being as crazy as it is but after about 3 full listens I was completely sold. Their live performance will leave you speechless and wanting more. I highly recommend all of converge's release's to any metal/hardcore fan looking for something out of the ordinary. Also check out coalesce, dillinger escape plan, and today is the day.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars asdf 2 Sep 2005
By Heartfailure - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I look behind me just to make sure I'm alone every time I listen to this

I'd buy this CD alone for Farewell Note To This City, but...Dead, The Saddest Day, Albatross, For You, I could go on

Buy it, and then buy Jane Doe, and then try not to jump out a window
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing? Of course! Necessary..........? 24 Mar 2005
By 123nick456789 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The music on this CD is more professional, more polished, and definitely more pummeling than the previous incarnation. But is that better?! Perhaps that depends on how you feel about the original.

I've poured over this album, and the re-release of When Forever Comes Crashing, non-stop since they were both released two days ago. In the opinion of this reviewer, WFCC desperately needed the face-lift. God knows the sound quality on that album was wretched and had to be overhauled- I couldn't even listen to it and enjoy it. But Petitioning an Empty Sky has always been great, no concerns with sound quality at all. The Saddest Day, Forsaken, Color Me Blood Red, the album is littered with classic Converge tracks. Are they improved on this album? Yes and no. Saddest Day re-mastered is unbelievable. That track just leaps off the CD and kicks your ass. However, in the case of Color Me Blood Red, I think the new version is worse- the guitar riffs that I've always loved in that song are almost completely eclipsed by the bass, drums, and vocals.

HOWEVER that's my only complaint about this CD. Would I buy it again? Oh heck yeah. I'd probably pay double just to add this beauty to my collection. The new interior liner notes are chock-full of awesome art by Aaron Turner of Isis, as well as an absolutely kick-ass slip cover, picturing the awesome red painted devil guy you probably saw at the top of this page.

As a bonus, the last song is an alternate version of Love As Arson. God what a fantastic track.

So the bottom line is this. Converge fans: buy this, but keep your original as well. I've been listening to Petitioning for so long I'm happy to have new versions to rock out to as well, and most Converge fans are likely to feel the same way.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Converge, What Else Needs To Be Said? 23 May 2005
By Chris Conlan (BreakingCustom.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Review by Mike Watson:

The long awaited Converge reissues have FINALLY surfaced, and Converge fanatics nation, and even worldwide are rejoicing as there is even more need to own Converge merchandise. The newly re-done CDs have been given new life through the mastering genius of Godcity Studios and the brilliant art-work of frontman Jacob Bannon. The initial records of both albums, although ground breaking and amazing albums, were both fairly poorly recorded and mastered leaving fans with an unquenched thirst for the clear quality of the music.

Converge has quenched that thirst and more with the newly re-released albums. Both albums have been given complete new life and sound astonishing compared to their original releases. The sound quality on the re-issues is leaps and bounds beyond the original pressings, making the albums far more enjoyable and easily listenable. The most noticeable difference is on Petitioning the Empty Sky. Petitioning was originally recorded fairly empty and powerless, the re-issue however blows the listener away, re-mastered in a way that things in-audible on the original release are now made very apparent.

The Converge re-issues are an absolute must have for any Converge fan.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Converge, underated in the uk 9 Dec 2002
By jef - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although this record was hard to get hold of in the uk, when i ordered it, and it finaaly arived, i was very pleasewd indeed. Owning all of the converge albums, this is my favorite, and the one i play the most. The first track is a hardcorn/metalcore masterpeice, although genre descriptions do not do this band justice. This album take stuff from all over the place, is accesible, but at the same time, find somthing new on each listen, and execllent lyrics, that could be analysed for years to come. As i have already said, much like soads toxicity, this albums goes everywhere. Overall, it gives the impression that if it was the last day on earth, you had an hour left to live, nothing else to do, you would just listen to this album. Well i would anyway.
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