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Album Review: The Dusk In Us by Converge

Converge return with the release The Dusk In Us on 4th November via Epitaph. Showcasing the band’s artistic evolution while still capturing their classic sound, the ninth full-length from the Boston-based heavy-music innovators—vocalist Jacob Bannon, guitarist Kurt Ballou, bassist Nate Newton, and drummer Ben Koller—The Dusk In Us proves to be both dark and hopeful, abrasive and melodic, devastating and powerfully cathartic.

In recording The Dusk In Us, Converge once again worked in Ballou’s renowned Godcity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts. Produced by the band and mixed by Ballou, the album matches its raw energy with a subculture-crossing inventiveness that’s earned Converge longtime reverence within the punk, metal, and hardcore scenes. One of Converge’s most dynamic and avant-garde albums to date, The Dusk In Us unfolds with an uncompromising honesty born from “writing about experiences in my life and working through the complexities of those things through song,” as Bannon explains.

It’s immediately obvious that this is one of the bands most accessible and immediate records. While Jane Doe (2001) and You Fail Me (2004) were hardcore classics, Converge haven’t always been the easiest to listen to. Certainly, those albums at their most visceral and devastating were a challenge but ultimately you were rewarded with emotionally raw and resonating albums. 2012s All We Love We Leave Behind was more of a labour of love, and sense that you weren’t rewarded with something special has been forgotten about with The Dusk In Us.

A phenomenally raw and brutal album from the pummelling drums and caustic riffs of opener ‘A Single Tear’ through to the post-metal tinged explorative ‘Reptilian’. While The Dusk In Us finds Converge defying boundaries and pushing into new sonic terrain, it’s also a natural progression for a band that’s long thrived on making music that both challenges and connects. “Our only goal is to create something that moves us and resonates with us emotionally,” says Bannon. “For us, it’s simply a new album about new chapters in our lives. We are a very ‘human’ band—always have been—and our songs are all rooted in our real-life experiences. The Dusk In Us is that new chapter, just as previous records were before that.”

It’s the sound of a band at the height of their creativity, willing to push the boundaries, creating something ambitious and exciting. You’ll be familiar with the high quality of the already released tracks ‘I Can Tell You About Pain’, ‘Under Duress’ and ‘Reptilian’, yet it’s tracks like the frantic ‘Wildlife’ the riff heavy ‘Murk & Marrow’, the throbbing bass of ‘Trigger’, the thrash of ‘Broken by Light’ and brutal power of ‘Arkhipov Calm’ that leave the lasting impressions.

There’s not a single blip on The Dusk In Us, 100% genius. Essential hardcore.

AD Rating 9/10

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