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Axe To Fall by Converge
Released: Oct 2009
Label: Epitaph
At times sounding like a hopped-up version of Mastodon, hardcore math wizards Converge fire off 13 bolts of prog-leaning metalcore lightning on this seventh studio album. With the sideways shamble of "Worms Will Feed/ Rats Will Feast" and the truly insane speed-of-light riffage that opens the title cut, Converge prove why they are one of the most respected bands in extreme music. Many bands are as deft with the laws of physics in their music, but almost none are as brutally heavy. Don't miss the nearly normal tempo and maze-like thrum of "Damages."
Mike McGuirk