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This review is from: You Fail Me (Audio CD)
"How do you follow Jane Doe?"
This question was on my lips after the release of one of the greatest pieces of extreme music EVER. Simple - Converge get experimental.
There are still moments of blastbeat noisecore mayhem ("Black Cloud", "Drop Out"), but also dense melodies ("Hanging Moon"), gothic acoustic passages ("In Her Shadow"), "My War" era Black Flag sludgecore ("You Fail Me") and almost free jazz like instrumentation ("Last Light").
You even get discernible singing on some tracks, which highlights Jacob Bannon's despairing yet beautifully poetic lyrics.
It would have been easy to release Jane Doe Mark 2 - fans would have been happy with that. Thankfully, Converge haven't followed the easy route. The album is disorienting at first, but after a couple of listens the CD is almost impossible to remove from your player.
Along with the latest efforts by Dillinger and Mastodon, metal album of the year.