#AxeToFall is @converge’s 7th studio album and is one of the genre’s most consistent bands. This effort continues the trend of one brilliant release following the next, all while adding new elements to their sound without straying too far from their roots. At the time, this album was considered their most accessible to date, and I would have to agree. In turn, “Axe to Fall” takes a slot in my top 3 #Converge full lengths, and it began a new chapter of musical ground the band decided to explore. Though the album contains familiar territory in tracks such as the blistering, shredding openers “Darkhorse”, “Reap What You Sow”, and the title track; the exploration of a clearer production and other influences drench the songs and aid in pushing the limits of what the band was known for. The growth is clearly evident on cuts mentioned but also in “Worms Will Feed/Rays Will Feast”, “Damages”, “Cruel Bloom” and of course, “Wretched World”. Those songs in particular stand out to me as fresh waters for the group to experiment with. The band has had softer songs before, but there are more layers to sink into this time around. You might say those tracks could’ve been found on vocalist Jacob’s solo albums under the guise “Wear Your Wounds” as they’re more laid back and almost come across like narratives. They manage to feel very “Converge” in their execution though, and thus giving the LP a nice dynamic. “Cutter” is definitely a favorite as the metal influence overtakes the song and shapes it into something pummeling, yet, still vehemently chaotic. With the range this LP provides, it’s a fun rollercoaster filled with something for old/new Converge fans alike. This variant was pressed on clear electric blue w/ gold splatter, limited to 500 copies, and available exclusively through @newburycomics.
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