New Converge EP – ‘I Can Tell You About Pain’

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Yesterday I got a casual little e-mail from Spotify: “New single from Converge now available.”

WHAT?

It’s been five years since their last release (excluding live albums and re-workings) and with no warning this bomb gets dropped on us.

The single is called ‘I Can Tell You About Pain’ and along with another track, ‘Eve’, it was released on an EP. The beginning of ‘I Can Tell You About Pain’ is pretty standard Converge, in so far as there is anything standard about Converge: fast, brutal and angry. Then it lurches into another direction with “I just need to leave, just need to find my way out”. Oh, these lyrics. They hit deep.

When you’re already convinced that this is another great Converge song, it ends with an epic, annihilating breakdown. The second half of this song is really what takes it to the next level.

I have been listening to it over and over and over this afternoon. ‘About Pain’ has a rawness reminiscent of You Fail Me, one of my favourite Converge albums. The rawness is what makes it so disturbingly relatable.

As for ‘Eve’… I have no words.

Just listen to it. With decent headphones.

It’s a fairly long song at 7 ½ minutes, but keeps you captivated throughout. When I was listening to ‘Eve’, with my headphones on and eyes closed, I drifted off to another world. Especially at the beginning, I felt like I was in The North in Westeros or some post-apocalyptic wasteland or something. I have also been listening to ‘Eve’ repeatedly this afternoon, after I recovered from ‘About Pain’.

This EP only has the two songs, but strangely it’s all you need from Converge. Both of the songs showcase the best of them. ‘About Pain’ features their fast-paced, angry side and ‘Eve’ their more contemplative, experimental side. While they’re very different songs, they’re equally intense. No punches are pulled.

I do hope this means that they have a new album coming up though…

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music review – metanoia by iamx

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i wanted to wait until i had listened to the physical cd to write something about this, but it is taking longer than i expected, so the download it is.

i’ve already listened to metanoia a couple of times & it is nowhere near enough. it is such a hypnotic, addictive album. i can listen to this over & over & over again. every time i’ve listened to it so far i’ve been amazed by how good it is. definitely iamx’s best so far. also their most consistent to date. all the songs go together so perfectly; not one of them sounds out of place. yet they all have their own unique sound. it is clear that a lot of experimentation went into this album.

another one of the album’s great strengths is the rawness of it. the honesty. for example in the song ‘happiness’, in which both longing for & apprehension of happiness are expressed. content-wise i also find ‘look outside’ especially beautiful. that one is about looking beyond your own suffering & choosing to look at the beauty of the world around you.
then there is also the usual debauchery & questioning. ‘the background noise’ is a powerful example of the last. if i had to describe that in one word it would be haunting. the fragile vocal delivery & the toned down music & the celestial-sounding “oohoo” over it… amazing.
i’ve only mentioned slower songs so far, but of course there is more to metanoia. it has some fantastic catchy, danceable songs too, as one would expect from iamx. like their latest single, ‘oh cruel darkness embrace me’.

& lastly, i have to say something about the visual side. all of it, the album art, the promotional photos, the outfits, the makeup, the videoclips, even iamx’s website, forms a complete package around the album. visually iamx is also the most consistent they’ve ever been. it’s wonderful to behold.

i would give metanoia 9 stars out of 10. & strongly urge you to check it out.