Converge – Axe to Fall

Epitaph (2009) Massachusetts-based Converge offer a convincing case for best metal band of the decade. Consistently brutal, intense, intelligent and aesthetically astute, they effectively put a lid on the 90s noisecore subgenre with their epoch-defining Jane Doe, in 2001. Essentially a concept album about a relationship gone horribly wrong, it was followed up three yearsContinue reading “Converge – Axe to Fall”

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Or: ageing and the unavoidable art of comparison2009, Domino Recording Co. The subtitle’s a tad less catchy, though. I’ve been wondering, for the last few days, how to go about this. On Wednesday, I started thinking about how I should probably have made a small post about this album each day, to document the evolutionContinue reading “Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion”

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Keep Me in Mind Sweetheart

V2 (2008) Lanegan has settled into a career of collaboration, which may be what he needs after a life of strife and tribulation. Along with his musical marriage to Campbell, he collaborates with fellow Sub Pop survivor Greg Dulli in Gutter Twins. This, of course, was after his work with QOTSA shoved him, squinting, intoContinue reading “Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Keep Me in Mind Sweetheart”