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Converge Jane Doe

01. Concubine 02. Fault And Fracture 03. Distance And Meaning 04. Hell To Pay 05. Homewrecker 06. The Broken Vow 07. Bitter And Then Some 08. Heaven In Her Arms 09. Phoenix In Flight 10. Phoenix In Flames 11. Thaw 12. Jane Doe
2001 Equal Vision Records
Our score 9

by Alex

Converge is a difficult band to describe. Reading about them never properly prepares one for actually listening to them. Producing a jagged mosiac of metal, hardcore, rock, and noisecore, Converge has been pioneering their own genre of extreme music for nearly ten years. Love them or hate them, it would be unfair to question their originality. Their previous efforts have been uneven at times, with flashes of absolute brilliance tempered by fits of disorganization. Converge always seemed to have the right ingredients, but often failed to follow through with the final product. Some fans will consider this record to be less intense than Petitioning The Empty Sky, but Jane Doe really is a large step closer to perfection for Converge. For the first time, they've produced an effort overflowing with consistency, from start to finish. They're trying things they haven't tried before, and more importantly, they're pulling them off. If you've never listened to Converge, don't overdo it at first. Digested in large doses, these guys can have a caustic effect on the senses. Swirling guitars, piercing vocals, dense layers of noise, and dizzying tempos make "Concubine" a challening track with which to begin one's Converge experience. "Fault And Fracture" comes across much the same way, a blistering arrangement of dangerous riffs and spastic grooves. Following the Jesus Lizard-ish "Distance And Meaning," things start to get really interesting on "Hell To Pay," a plodding track with some odd vocal offerings. Towards the end of the song, the guitars take over and the song becomes quite powerful. Jane Doe begins to hit her stride on "The Broken Vow," complete with some solid singing vocals, and "Bitter And Then Some," which features some menacing guitar work amongst the typical Converge backdrop of organized chaos. The next track, "Heaven In Her Arms," rolls through some high-paced runs of abrasive metal before slowing down and fading nicely into the stirring "Phoenix In Flight." This track really only consists of a few repeating guitar melodies, but it's truly exceptional in its simplicity. The haunting riff used during the track's second half will echo in your head long after the song ends. Following the 40 seconds of various noises and drum fills that comprise "Phoenix In Flames," Converge returns with some major firepower on "Thaw," a blistering combination of searing guitar leads and supercharged metalcore. Listening to Jacob Bannon unleash his banshee screams over the skin-grating guitars is both painful and disturbingly satisfying. (Sometimes it amazes me that I can enjoy music this abrasive.) Regardless of what comes before it, there is little on this album that will prepare the listener for the title track and final song, "Jane Doe." This song is quite possibly one of the greatest things Converge has ever done. It molds every facet of this band into a coherent tapestry of aural imagery and dissonant melody. The track is over 11 minutes long, and there is no filler, just quality music. This song could almost be an album in itself. Bottom Line: Don't expect to fully enjoy this album without listening to it at least 5 times. Take your time, don't rush it, and be patient. Jane Doe is a journey of sorts. There are brief periods of discomfort, but the overall sensation is mind-blowing.


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Mr.Fuji_ 8/1/2004 5:52:59 PM

This album should have gotten a 10/10

Tony_ 10/8/2004 8:22:18 PM

Best record of all time.

jazznaz_ 11/30/2004 6:19:44 PM


cross_ 12/30/2004 11:50:40 PM

yeah, this album is pure chaos....and i love every second of it! i would have given it a 10/10 because it is the perfect hardcore album, but still, good review

malidorimagpie_ 2/7/2005 2:51:46 PM

awesome album! end of story!

jake bannon_ 3/20/2005 1:51:50 AM


annonymus_ 4/18/2005 1:57:41 AM

using the term "noisecore" to describe a band equals a shit review, way to screw it up.

din_ 5/6/2005 4:33:45 PM


fhl75_ 6/24/2005 12:17:40 PM

in my top 5 heavy albums of all time. in the last 35 or so years that heavy music has existed, it's inspiring that a modern band like converge can create something that is worthy of rubbing elbows with the giants of the past. there's a reason that they stand out from the glut of crap that passes for music these days, and its songwriting. these songs each have an identity, and stand on their own as well as forming a cohesive, brilliant album. this is what it's all about, and most bands today

Natas-101_ 7/28/2005 10:34:43 AM

This should be a 10/10. All you little bitches trying to be cool by dissing them now need to eat a dick. They still f*ck your moms with a butcher knife.

mike_ 9/17/2005 11:42:31 PM

way to be 4 years late on your comments dudes.

hxc0148_ 10/21/2005 9:32:40 AM

this is 10/10...f*ck, this is 11/10. This is not only the best album in the history of all aggressive music. It's also just the best album of all time. The sound, the structure, the composition. It's the most epic and beautiful creation in the history of music. Over 4 years later and i stioll find time to listen to it every day. That's impressive.

Adam_ 3/27/2006 9:58:32 PM

this is the shit although some of the vocals get a bit lost in the mix sometimes

Adam_ 3/27/2006 9:58:34 PM

this is the shit although some of the vocals get a bit lost in the mix sometimes

Mixhail_ 5/20/2006 8:49:02 PM

this is the greatest album of all time in pretty much every facet and it is packaged with the Best Production and Best CD artwork ever as well. I can list 5 songs that can be considered the greatest individual metal and hardcore tracks ever created... Concubine, The Broken Vow, Heaven In Her Arms, Phoenix in Flight and Jane Doe. Each of those songs tackle some sort of subgenre of 21st centure metal, whether it be grindcore, mathmetal, metalcore, melodic death metal or the atmospheric. And every

sovereigncomfort_ 8/27/2006 1:29:04 PM

*joins in on the sucking* f*ckIN BEST ALBUM EVER

FICKLExFUCKER_ 2/28/2007 11:48:13 AM

f*ckin great....changed my life

Ryan_ 4/20/2007 3:44:37 PM

This album is overrated. Holy moly. 5-6 max. Totally not worth buying... in my butt