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Converge: When Forever Comes Crashing [reissue]When Forever Comes Crashing [reissue] (2005)
Equal Vision Records
Reviewer Rating: 5
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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There’s those few seminal bands, and not many come around each decade, that really change the way you look at music. It’s different for everyone, depending on the type of music you really enjoy, and how each individual album by a band impacts you. One of those such bands for me hails from Boston, Massachusetts, and like them or not, there’s absolutely no denying that they’re one of the single most influential bands to ever step foot on stage. That band my friends, that band is Converge.
There was nothing that I ever wanted more than for you to hold this deep within your heart / To lay beside me as my halo burns deep into a cinder, and to the wake me from my tired life / Give this ghost a home again, when you fall short and I fall short, this is where I pretend I’m as tall as the sky / Now there is no comfort in your apology, and no comfort in this shame / This is where I can duck for cover from the overwhelming, from the forever overhead / For the heart, for old times sake, I’ll stay warm with this.His eloquent wording makes his incredible screaming all the more heartfelt, without detracting a single thing from the ferocity of his delivery. Manic and disjointed, his every word rises and falls with the hellacious rhythms behind it. These songs aren’t bits and pieces of greatness, but full and complete works that most bands could never even hope to aspire to.
Equal Vision did an amazing thing to remaster the album, as the newly improved production only lends itself to the weight and gravity of this release. The liner notes tell the band's story, and come with some full color pictures and brand new artwork, even better looking than before.
Until somebody steps up to the monumental task of dethronement, Converge is the be all end all of the metalcore scene. Make no mistake, most of the bands around today are just poor imitators. Converge is the true meaning of what happens when beauty meets a beast
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