Axe to Fall

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Converge's eighth studio album is packed with guest performances by kindred spirits from Massachusetts and beyond. "Effigy," one of four songs on the album that comes in under the two-minute mark, features Steve Brodsky and Adam McGrath of Cave In on guitar and that group's drummer, J.R. Conners, behind the kit. Uffe Cederlund of Disfear takes over lead guitar on "Wishing Well," while Steve Von Till of Neurosis sings on "Cruel Bloom" and Genghis Tron' Mookie Singerman does guest vocals on the seven-minute album closer, "Wretched World." But it's the core group that delivers the most astonishing displays of hardcore fury and progressive musical exploration on Axe to Fall. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Converge's eighth studio album is packed with guest performances by kindred spirits from Massachusetts and beyond. "Effigy," one of four songs on the album that comes in under the two-minute mark, features Steve Brodsky and Adam McGrath of Cave In on guitar and that group's drummer, J.R. Conners, behind the kit. Uffe Cederlund of Disfear takes over lead guitar on "Wishing Well," while Steve Von Till of Neurosis sings on "Cruel Bloom" and Genghis Tron' Mookie Singerman does guest vocals on the seven-minute album closer, "Wretched World." But it's the core group that delivers the most astonishing displays of hardcore fury and progressive musical exploration on Axe to Fall. Opening cut "Dark Horse," propelled by a Disfear-esque riff so insane it'll make you think your CD is playing at the wrong speed, kicks off a breathless sprint that lasts all the way to the doomy, noisy fifth track, "Worms Will Feed." From there, Converge continues to mine the dissonant blend of Agnostic Front and Unsane that has served them so well for years at this point. Though Jacob Bannon's vocals are as indecipherable as ever, this album somehow feels even angrier -- and that rage is apparently more outwardly directed, given track titles like "Slave Driver" and "Wretched World" -- than previous releases like Jane Doe and You Fail Me. Given the furious pace at which they tour, record, and work with their various side bands, it's astonishing that Converge have time to put this much thought into their music instead of just cranking out one more rote album, but Axe to Fall is a big step forward for them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • UPC: 045778703524
  • Catalog Number: 87035
  • Sales rank: 50,913

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dark Horse (2:54)
  2. 2 Reap What You Sow (2:39)
  3. 3 Axe to Fall (1:41)
  4. 4 Effigy (1:42)
  5. 5 Worms Will Feed/Rats Will Feast (5:52)
  6. 6 Wishing Well (2:49)
  7. 7 Damages (4:26)
  8. 8 Losing Battle (1:46)
  9. 9 Dead Beat (2:36)
  10. 10 Cutter (1:40)
  11. 11 Slave Driver (2:48)
  12. 12 Cruel Bloom (4:01)
  13. 13 Wretched World (7:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Converge Primary Artist
Rodeo Background Vocals
Steve Von Till Vocals
Uffe Cederlund Guitar, Background Vocals
Trivikrama Dasa Guitar
Kurt Ballou Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Steve Brodsky Guitar
Adam McGrath Guitar
Nate Newton Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
John Pettibone Background Vocals
Aimee Argote Background Vocals
Ben Koller Percussion, Drums
Jacob Bannon Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
F. Sean Martin Guitar, Background Vocals
Brad Fickeisen Drums
Chris Taylor Background Vocals
George Hirsch Background Vocals
J.R. Connors Drums
Hamilton Jordan Guitar
Mookie Singerman Keyboards, Vocals
Michael Sochynsky Keyboards
Technical Credits
Alan Douches Mastering
Steve Von Till Engineer
Jeff "Killer" Kane Engineer
Fred Estby Engineer
Converge Composer
Kurt Ballou Producer, Engineer
Steve Brodsky Composer
Adam McGrath Composer
Josh Penner Engineer
Jonathan Fuller Engineer
Jacob Bannon Lyricist, Illustrations, Visuals
Hamilton Jordan Composer
Mookie Singerman Composer
Michael Sochynsky Composer
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