AlbumsOctober 8, 201220,366 views

Converge All We Love We Leave Behind

01. Aimless Arrow 02. Trespasses 03. Tender Abuse 04. Sadness Comes Home 05. Empty on the Inside 06. Sparrow's Fall 07. A Glacial Pace 08. Vicious Muse 09. Veins and Veils 10. Coral Blue 11. Shame in the Way 12. Precipice 13. All We Love We Leave Behind 14. Predatory Glow
2012 Epitaph Records
Our score 8

by Nick

There will be no ranking of Converge albums in this review. Why you ask? The predominant reason being that everyone has a valid opinion and due to the probability behind the number of different permutations possible with seven albums (I'm not counting Caring and Killing / Halo in a Haystack, perhaps we can agree on that), it's rather likely that I'll be wrong. The secondary reason being that as instantly recognizable as the Converge sound is, they've put together vastly different records, each well paired with a unique mood. If I may:
  • Need some youthful, energetic fury that still wears its punk on its sleeve? There's a Petitioning the Empty Sky for that.
  • Need perhaps the best example of abrasive, jarring, turn-of-the-century metallic hardcore? There's a When Forever Comes Crashing for that.
  • Need arguably the most impressive arc of epic hardcore written in the last fifteen years? There's a Jane Doe for that.
  • Need a slightly sparser, moodier journey? There's a You Fail Me for that.
  • Need an odd duck of a wildly shifting, mildly-unpopular-but-still-hiding-some-gems album? There's a No Heroes for that.
  • Need the hardcore world's equivalent of a hip-hop record, with guest guitar work and vocals galore, plus the band's heaviest dose of experimentalism? There's an Axe to Fall for that.
And finally, need one more reason to believe that Converge is capable of churning out quality song collections until the apocalypse and beyond? There's an All We Love We Leave Behind for that. In keeping up with the general progression of instrumentation post-You Fail Me, this record is punctuated with Kurt Ballou's leads. They're all over the place, ranging from the energetically atonal ("Aimless Arrow") to the persistently fluttering ("All We Love We Leave Behind") to the I-wonder-if-everyone-agreed-to-this-cock-rock-tap-fest ("Sadness Comes Home"). There is also a layer of harshness to this group of tracks that is much more noticeable than on the previous two releases. The beginning of "Empty on the Inside" is packed with constant howls of feedback en route to its dirge-like, march of a mid-section. "Tender Abuse" is a classic Converge ripper, packed with blasts, a traditional punk bass-line, and a monster of a massive half-time climax. As expected, there are a few slower numbers in All We Love We Leave Behind, most notably "A Glacial Pace" and "Coral Blue." The former may be the record's best offering, despite never even coming close to hitting the tempos for which the band is known. Instead, it blends a wall of guitar melody into a moody combination of consistently tom-heavy drums, walking bass-lines, and some seriously cool triplet leads from Ballou. "Coral Blue" aims for the soulful side, standing out for its whispery verses and catchy, borderline-orchestral group vocals. There are a few potential low-points, though realistically speaking, they're minor things against which to file a complaint. The aforementioned "Sadness Comes Home" is probably the most polarizing track on All We Love We Leave Behind, so brace yourself for what it will take for the collective fan base to settle that matter. It's also easy to argue that when the dudes in Converge have been firing on all cylinders, their cohesive album trajectories have been just a hair short of mind-blowing. That seems to be missing here with such a weak, paint-by-numbers "Predatory Glow" running anchor on the record. It's certainly not bad, but simply a forgettable track in a group with some much more fitting closers. It's also peculiar that there is a regular version and deluxe version of this disc coming out, with the deluxe not just tacking on bonus tracks, but interspersing them into the original order. Again, coming from the same guys that put together the masterful arc of Jane Doe, it seems odd that they'd opt for releases where the track order is seemingly diminished in importance. Bottom Line: From an objective standpoint, Converge is still very much on top of their game, with All We Love We Leave Behind maintaining all of the high precision hardcore chaos, metallic gratification, and emotional foundation that the heavy music world has been loving for years. I'm happy to add this to my unranked list of Converge records, where all blasts, riffs, dirges, and howls can be enjoyed equally.


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anonymous 10/8/2012 7:56:29 AM

first. converge can do no wrong.

anonymous 10/8/2012 9:31:23 AM

Second. f*ck you.

anonymous 10/8/2012 9:32:10 AM

This album bored the shit out of me. Last album wasn't great either. Liberal arty gays are stoked.

anonymous 10/8/2012 9:46:04 AM

This record is great. I liked it even better than Axe to Fall.

fourthgradecocktease 10/8/2012 9:47:47 AM

15 years later and people are still sucking Jane Doe's dck

ed_money 10/8/2012 10:12:07 AM

Not into it.

AssController 10/8/2012 10:39:51 AM

like it. Go kill yourself.

anonymous 10/8/2012 11:05:47 AM

15 years later and people are still sucking Jane Doe's dck Funny you say that because I absolutely love Jane Doe (as well as Converge's earlier material) and imo Converge has not put out anything even slightly listenable since then. On the positive side, at least this is better than the new dillinger or poison the well (two other bands of that era that have gone even further downhill) which is considerably worse. Either way though, these guys should retire.

anonymous 10/8/2012 11:27:11 AM

amazing. and when people are sucking an albums dck after that long we call it a "classic" Jane Doe is a f*cking "classic."

anonymous 10/8/2012 11:27:57 AM

Good record.. I didn't realize this was an article about Jane Doe ? Don't like it, don't listen to it.

anonymous 10/8/2012 11:30:17 AM

So, Jane Doe was an 'arc' then?

anonymous 10/8/2012 11:47:39 AM

Jane Doe came out Sept 11 2001. Making it 11 years old.

anonymous 10/8/2012 12:43:38 PM

"Need an odd duck of a wildly shifting, mildly-unpopular-but-still -hiding-some-gems album? There's a No Heroes for that." translation: shit album, but it's converge, so...

anonymous 10/8/2012 3:56:33 PM

So f*cking good. And for the record, No Heroes is wildly underrated.

anonymous 10/8/2012 4:32:49 PM

no heroes was f*cking great. crushes me still!

anonymous 10/8/2012 5:58:16 PM

No Heroes is amazing

zookeeper 10/8/2012 8:43:03 PM

try "petitioning" you stupid f*ck. being 6 years old when it was released is not an excuse.

brassknuckleromance 10/8/2012 10:27:35 PM

webby, you really let this 4th rate NYU-online drop-out review records? really? this guy gave the record a good score, sure, but for f*cks sake his verbal diarhea makes it seem like an anthony fontana with self-inflicted brain damage wrote this. that said this record is growing on me, I didnt like it that much at first but it is growing on me.

jack_handey 10/9/2012 12:08:56 AM

agreed that predatory glow was a weird choice for an album ender. a glacial pace or the title track or shame in the way would have been a better fit.

Shitstorm 10/9/2012 2:20:46 PM

A f*cking 6? Lambgoat users really are f*ckheads.

AssController 10/9/2012 3:16:17 PM

two jarbronis posted 1s. Must be waiting for an asking alexandria album so they can cup each other's balls and cry. f*ckers.

anonymous 10/9/2012 10:52:26 PM

I like No Heroes a lot. Last 2 records have now made it so that I probably won't be anticipating other Converge releases as much. The opening to "Vicious Muse" makes me think they're about to cover Cap'n Jazz's cover of "Take On Me." I'd rather listen to that new Fight Amp record that was just posted on here. Shit's really good.

anonymous 10/10/2012 7:17:00 AM

"webby, you really let this 4th rate NYU-online drop-out review records? really? this guy gave the record a good score, sure, but for f*cks sake his verbal diarhea makes it seem like an anthony fontana with self-inflicted brain damage wrote this. that said this record is growing on me, I didnt like it that much at first but it is growing on me." I AM DYING FROM THE ANTHONY FONTANA REF. BAHAHAHAHAHA SO TRUE. Record is solid but Kurt needs to chill with all the random solos. f*ck.

anonymous 10/10/2012 3:38:31 PM

Converge is probably the most overrated hardcore band of the last 35 years. for real. 90% of their catalog is f*cking god awful. the songs that are worth it are almost accidental. I'm pretty sure that as Converge's fan base grows older these facts will come to light.

slut 10/11/2012 7:08:24 PM

Worst f*cking review I've ever dared to read. You'd think they'd give this one to someone who can write?

anonymous 10/11/2012 7:40:08 PM

loving this new album.

ineedsalt 10/11/2012 8:02:10 PM

ill check it out. just not now

anonymous 10/12/2012 5:56:45 AM

the two "it's" instead of "its" are a major turn-off. (in Sparrow's Fall and Coral Blue).

anonymous 10/13/2012 10:29:12 AM

no heroes is 10x the record that you fail me is. that record sucks the dingle.

anonymous 10/14/2012 3:34:40 PM

I think all the fans the came after No Heroes ruined this band. Youre all f*cking IDIOTS.

anonymous 10/15/2012 1:55:36 PM

better than Axe to Fall, and I wasn't the biggest fan of Axe to Fall.

anonymous 10/16/2012 9:27:05 AM

Solid record. Mastodon is Stoked for it.

anonymous 10/19/2012 4:42:39 PM

Best Album of 2012. And I've been listening since "When Forever Comes Crashing".

anonymous 10/19/2012 8:35:12 PM


anonymous 10/23/2012 4:39:01 PM

To the reviewer, you said you felt the organization of the tracks seems to have been overlooked. I'm curious then to how you feel the track order should list.

anonymous 11/1/2012 10:33:28 PM

hey whats up guys, this is that doof guitarist in Mastodon, the one without a tattoo over my eye. Just droppin by LG to say how stoked I am that Converge put out another record. Seriously, Uber, f*cking, Stoked.

Devourer 11/8/2012 2:59:25 AM

I liked it.i dont know everyone gets up in arms when bands progress their sound.youd cry if they made the same album over and over.