Converge – The Dusk in Us (Review)

ConvergeConverge are a hardcore band from the US and this is their ninth album.

Converge should need no real introduction to fans of high quality extreme music. Suffice to say that if you haven’t yet checked them out, please do so at your earliest convenience, as, quite frankly, they’re simply one of the best bands in existence.

It’s been a long five years since their last album All We Love We Leave Behind, but now we finally have The Dusk in Us. As you can probably gather, it’s been well worth the wait.

Combining once again moments of heartbreaking beauty with moments of skull crushing extremity, Converge continue to be masters of both style and substance. The music on this release is their latest masterpiece of peerless violent hardcore interspersed with innovative ideas and reflective, introspective passion. Effortlessly taking the best from the hardcore, punk, and metal scenes that they stride across like behemoths, The Dusk in Us continues to develop their core sound, expanding and experimenting with this to produce music that astounds in almost every way.

The band excel at both fiery fury and ethereal beauty, with a wide range of bases covered in the middle of these two extremes too. Whether it’s the short and caustic Eye of the Quarrel, or the long and affecting The Dusk in Us, Converge are completely at the top of their game. As always.

Experts at both twisting intricacy and focused bursts of violence, the songs on The Dusk in Us take inspiration from a selection of the band’s earlier work, updating it for 2017. Cataloguing the band’s feelings and impressions of the world around them, (and within them), the music on this release delivers everything you, (should), love about the band, as well as a few surprises too.

Personal and emotional, while still filled with complexity and aggression, The Dusk in Us is the latest achievement in a long, long line of them from this band. Converge always seem to be able to easily evolve their sound, while still keeping it consistent and compatible with the rest of their work.

Utterly essential.

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