Seriously. It's quite obvious that alot of Converge fans would automatically call this is a 'classic' or whatever else but it's hard not to follow down that route. This is album is simply blinding. Period. Each track seems to build and layer like the one before it to end on Wretched World which leaves you contemplating before listening again. The track which needed the most time to digest was Worms Will Feed but it's a great song that's so rewarding once it hits you in the face. I'm not great at explaining albums but I urge you to purchase this and be blown away!!
Fifteen years after Converge emerged with their debut full length `Halo in a Haystack' they return with their seventh album `Axe to Fall' after a three year break, and it is a breathless and intense offering. It opens with `Dark Horse' which perfectly balances their various hardcore punk and metal sensibilities. The riff is one of the best examples of its type you will hear this year. Elsewhere on the album `Effigy' demonstrates some diverse and aggressive riffs, `Reap What You Sow' dives from desperate crescendos to utter delirium and `Wishing Well' balances typically intricate drums with repeating riffs and a strong vocal line. `Damages' is a particularly malicious track with a calculated opening before breaking with astonishing aggression into the main riff. The only drop in intensity comes in the last two tracks after the monstrous savagery of `Slave Driver'. `Cruel Bloom' is like a nightmare hymn and `Wretched World' is full of subtly building atmosphere. The overall result is something truly terrifying and exhilarating.
I'm loathe to say it, but 'instant classic' is the only real way of describing just how good this album is. What with guest appearances and this being their seventh (or is it eighth?) album, I was expecting something a little more subdued. Then, on my first listen, I realised what a stupid assumption this was to make at the hands of such a band. The word 'subdued' is not in their dictionary. Converge have always been able to perfectly bridge the gap between absolute brutality, technical prowess and hints of subtle harmony. This album, along with 'Jane Doe' is an altogether different beast. From the drum intro of 'Dark Horse' (the albums' awesome statement of intent) you know exactly what you're in for; an unpredictable journey through the inner workings of highly original, almost conceptual, metallic hardcore. You don't listen to this album. It grabs you by the throat and drags you along with it. JUST BUY IT!
When discovering a band for the first time, it's very rare to be utterly blown away to such a point, that you play the album again, only minutes after your first listen ends.
`Axe to Fall', Converge's seventh studio album, achieves this with scope, character and an overload of intensity, to such a degree, that keeping up with the record's fast paced sonic onslaught, is what makes this record so memorable and so essential.
Kick starting the album in high gear, `Dark Horse' unleashes a battery of pummelling drums, technical rhythms, epic leads and some seriously pissed off vocals, all coming together, producing the perfect set up for what comes next. With the twelve songs that follow, the album twists and turns and becomes an epic, intense rampage of extremity, only slowing down for the disturbingly dark `Damages' and the beautifully crafted, album closer `Wretched World'.
With this record, Converge tick all the right boxes, crafting an album that's overloaded with emotions and performed with upmost fury. Open your mind and jump right in. This is hardcore for the very hardcore. `Axe to Fall' is a definite contender for Album of the Year. IT'S A MUST!
This Album is another masterpiece by the AMAZING converge. It is Brutal and rips your head off from start to finish. Bit more crazy/spazzy sounding than most other hrdcore bands but a MUST have album for hardcore fans.