Converge is without a doubt the most influental metallic hardcore band. One would think that 28 years would take a toll on the band's quality but not in Converge's case.
"The Dusk In Us" was five years in the making and the band sounds vital as ever.
Bannon's haunting, emotional and primal screams and shrieks reach a new high while Ballou's trademark riffs enrichen this glorious experience. Newton's bass sound is huge but the true highlight (for me) is Koller's drumming. His rawness and technicality are unparalleled.
Unlike most staple bands, Converge are actually evolving and refining their sound. In a world filled with overproduced and sterile garbage Ballou's production prowess is perfectly showcased here. He gives every instrument space to breathe thus forming a brutal and excellent sounding record for this type of music. "I Can Tell You Everything About Pain", "Arkihipov Calm", "Reptilian" they do no wrong, every song is intense and memorable in their own unique way. Converge are known for their emotional vocal performance but on "The Dusk In Us" they elevate it to a new level. "A Single Tear", "Trigger" or the title track are powerhouses, the band shamelessly shows their more vulnerable side and it works. Lots of bands pretend to be untouchable but the truth is we are all human and showing your true nature is more "manly" than acting tough. For example, when I carefully listened "A Single Tear" I realized it's about the birth of a new and fragile life, Bannon is now a father and despite its unflichning aggression, the song feels human. Converge always captivated me with their rawness, underrated technicality and lyricism but this record blew my mind.
Few bands sound as good Converge, they proved (again) they're on top and outshine a lot of "classic" bands with their visceral and creative performance
"The Dusk In Us" continues the band's amazing streak of excellent records I am beyond pleased that I exist at the same time when this monster of a band exists. Future classic everybody and one of 2017's finest.