Converge was one of the first “heavy” bands I really understood. They had a certain emotion to them that seperated them from their peers. When I first heard Jane Doe, it absolutely blew me away, to the point where I had issues with listening to it. It got to me, in a very disturbing way, and there’s few albums that have ever done that. Needless to say, I consider it one of the greatest pieces of music ever created.
This is a document of their rendition of this whole album, played exclusively at Roadburn last year. Now, seeing Converge live is a total experience, a blend of energy and technicality that has blown my mind time after time. Sadly I couldn’t attend Roadburn, but this is a very accurate representation. The energy is perfectly captured and the songs sound raw without losing any detail. And while it will never compare to attending an actual live performance, this is still the closest you can get to getting that feeling.
I also want to mention the artwork. There are 5 different versions of the vinyl, all of which have sold out by now, and it’s pretty obvious why. The artists that have been asked to recreate one of the most iconic albumcovers ever, all do it with respect for the original while creating something that has their own style. My personal favorite is the John Dyer Baizley one, its shimmering colors and typical facial expressions making it a perfect tribute.
So let us recap. Perfect album, captured greatly, by one of the best live bands on the planet, with fantastic album art. So, yeah. Mandatory stuff. If you love Converge, you should already have it. If you don’t, start with Jane Doe, then get this, and fall in love.