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Converge - Unloved and Weeded Out (Cover Artwork)

Converge

Converge: Unloved and Weeded OutUnloved and Weeded Out (2003)
Deathwish Inc.

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Converge has been one of the most talked about bands in the hardcore/metal scene throughout their long history. Love them or hate them, you have to at least respect them. Unloved and Weeded Out is a collection of rarities, demos, and a few live tracks put out on Jake Bannon's(founded with the help.
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Converge has been one of the most talked about bands in the hardcore/metal scene throughout their long history. Love them or hate them, you have to at least respect them. Unloved and Weeded Out is a collection of rarities, demos, and a few live tracks put out on Jake Bannon's(founded with the help of Tre McCarthy) own label, Deathwish Inc. This collection comes complete with sleek packaging and the hardest to read list of credits I've ever seen (or in this case, not seen).

The old adage "save the best for last" apparently means nothing to Converge, as they've placed the most impressive song at the beginning of this album. Downpour (which also appears on the "Fighting Music Vol. 1" compilation) best showcases Converge's chaotic, technical style, as well as Bannon's trademark vocals. For those of you who are aren't familiar with Bannon's style, think of a banshee fronting your favorite band. Yeah, I know that's not the best description, but you get the idea. Aside from Bannon's shrieking, Converge also provides some eerily calm vocals that actually might be more likely to catch the listener off guard than the screaming. Kurt Ballou, who also mixed the tracks, provides the impressive guitar playing that fights with Bannon's vocals for your attention. The guitar playing on here ranges from speedy chaotic passages to calmer, almost melodic parts. I wouldn't call any of it pretty, but it's catchy enough to lull you into a false sense of security before it throttles you. The speedy scaling at the beginning of the tenth track, "When Forever Comes Crashing" is just one of the highlights here. Sometimes (track 2 and tracks 4-7) Ballou gets some help from Aaron Dalbec, who some of you will know from the band Bane. Although the work between the two is sparse, it does add a slightly different dynamic to the songs.

The production is generally very solid, but on tracks 8-12 it's somewhat lacking. There is a very good reason for this though; they were recorded in Kurt Ballou's basement. It's actually pretty impressive that Converge can outdo certain bands in high priced studios while playing in a basement. These demos from the "When Forever Comes Crashing" sessions actually sound just as good, if not better than the versions that made it onto the final cut. The album ends with two live tracks, the better of the two being "Locust Reign." While these two songs don't exactly showcase the insanity of seeing Converge live, they're probably the closest thing you're going to get to it on a CD.

Here's the bottom line: If you're a Converge fan, then you need to get your hands on this essential disc. If you don't know this band, and chaotic (how many times can I say the word chaotic in one review?) hardcore/metal (Nora, Dillinger Escape Plan) is your thing, you would be better off starting with a proper album (Jane Doe in particular). This isn't exactly a new full-length, but it does fill in some of the gaps in the 11 year history of one of the most influential bands in recent memory.

Here's the track listing :
1. Downpour
2. Flowers and Razorwire
3. Tremor
4. Home Song
5. For You
6. Jacob's Ladder
7. Undo
8. Towing Jehovah (Demo)
9. The High Cost of Playing God (Demo)
10. When Forever Comes Crashing (Demo)
11. The Year of the Swine (Demo)
12. Letterbomb (Demo)
13. Locust Reign (Live)
14. This Is Mine (Live)

 

 
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Anonymous (February 18, 2004)

fuck everytime i die

Anonymous (August 27, 2003)

Best cover art ever. That is nuts.

-c22

Anonymous (May 31, 2003)

"one of the most overrated hardcore bands"

Everything you say from this point on will be ignored.

-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

i'm not much for the music itself, but their cover art is always so cool

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

Converge = today's Black Flag

UUUUUUUhhhhh....huuuuuuuh?

This is pretty good, the cover art is amazing. New Everytime I die july 1st. Be prepared.

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

"The first song is good, but all the other unreleased stuff is a giant step back from Jane Doe. When you cut the bullshit out, the only salvageable tracks could have been released on one or two seven inches sometime between When Forever Comes Crashing and the split with Agoraphopic Nosebleed."

its all a giant step back because these songs arent in any way new. "UAWO" was originally released before "petitioning" and is way way out of print. this is basically justthe gap between the mediocre converge of 'caring and killing" that was still trying to find their sound and the metal monstrosity that is the converge of today.

_911 (May 29, 2003)

one of the most overrated hardcore bands

Anonymous (May 29, 2003)

Converge is a good hadcore band, but they have a tendency of releasing the same stuff over and over again. Nobody cares about live tracks enough to put Locust Reign on THREE ALBUMS. The other songs from Petitioning and such don't sound as good as the oiginals, so what's the point? The first song is good, but all the other unreleased stuff is a giant step back from Jane Doe. When you cut the bullshit out, the only salvageable tracks could have been released on one or two seven inches sometime between When Forever Comes Crashing and the split with Agoraphopic Nosebleed.

Anonymous (May 29, 2003)

good metal....but sometimes much to grindcore/metal sounding.

yellowtrash (May 29, 2003)

Good. But not their best.

Anonymous (May 29, 2003)

chaotic!

sickboi (May 28, 2003)

"Converge= today's Black Flag".

I'll just keep on walking and pretend I didn't hear that.

Anonymous (May 28, 2003)

no, caring and killing = by far converge's worst stuff. i think people too often confuse simplicity and accessability with quality.

Anonymous (May 28, 2003)

caring and killing and petitioning the empty sky...hands down the best converge shit out thereif you kids can get your hands on caring and killing...it blows this away U&WO is still good though.----trav

Anonymous (May 28, 2003)

Converge = today's Black Flag

Anonymous (May 28, 2003)

converge slays. so brutal.

Anonymous (May 28, 2003)

I'm not a huge fan of Metalcore, or hardcore, or whatever you want to call it but even I think that Jane Doe was one of the greatest cd's ever put out. Amazing stuff.

JohnnyDanger (May 28, 2003)

Converge is just too cool to fuck with. i saw them live and the guitarist had his guitar in the air nonstop

FortyMinutesWest (May 28, 2003)

I'm broke as well, that's why promo CDs are so great.

awaitingyes (May 28, 2003)

I have yet to get this cd. I love Converge and i'm sure it's great. I'm just broke right now.

FortyMinutesWest (May 27, 2003)

(I knew someone would pick up on the parentheses thing)

MikeRiot (May 27, 2003)

Converge is amazing.

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

Hmm (I guess this review wasn't that good). I never heard Converge before (but I don't think I want to after reading this).

meganbk2thamax (May 27, 2003)

If converge isn't one of the most amazing bands out there then I don't know who is.

BITTER (May 27, 2003)

I'd recommend petitioning the empty sky, easily one of the best metalcore records ever.

- bitter

pwfanatic (May 27, 2003)

i love dep as much as the next guy, but converge scares the hell out of me. guess i'm not as hardcore as i thought.

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

"i love the music but honestly cant stand his voice. sounds like a cat with his throat slashed grasping for air."

Why do you think I like his voice? ;)

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

I prefer Bane.

-sickboi

FortyMinutesWest (May 27, 2003)

Haha, good analogy. He kind of sounded like a psychotic Donald Duck on the tracks he appeared in on the Ramallah CD. For some reason though, I still think his voice sounds cool.

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

i love the music but honestly cant stand his voice. sounds like a cat with his throat slashed grasping for air

FortyMinutesWest (May 27, 2003)

I might as well have put parentheses around the whole damn review.

Anonymous (May 27, 2003)

my favorite hardcore band ever, if youre a fan of hardcore converge is essential

surreal (May 27, 2003)

Wow, I like the cover art. Al0t.

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