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Converge: Thousands Of Miles Between Us

Album Review

Boston’s hardcore hurricane marks a quarter century

Ironically, as ever-greater numbers of music fans distance themselves from hi-fidelity, jet engine-sized stereo systems and physical product, the accessible options are more plentiful than ever before.

 

Take Converge’s last studio album, All We Love We Leave Behind, which was released in a handful of different mastered versions – and we can only assume that, as the capability of technology expands alongside computing storage space and processing speed, more options will become available. 

There exists a parallel to Converge’s career trajectory here. If metallic hardcore had its ‘Big Four,’ there’s no doubt the Boston quartet would be included (alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch and Coalesce? Discuss among yourselves). Every album of their eight-deep discography is considered a classic and they’ve penned some of the genre’s most recognisable anthems (Concubine, My Unsaid Everything, Dark Horse) while never shying away from progression or textural subtlety (In Harm’s Way, Coral Blue). As options and tools for growth and development have presented themselves throughout their 25-year history – guitarist Kurt Ballou’s production mastery, Ben Koller’s whirlwind drumming, vocalist Jake Bannon’s heartfelt lyrics and art, bassist Nate Newton’s arranging acumen – they’ve been incorporated into the Converge wheelhouse to memorable impact. And just like their music, this DVD provides a myriad of options and artistic layers.  

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