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”

Wolves In The Throne Room – Black Cascade

Southern Lord (2009) Even more FACT-age… Wolves In The Throne Room. While overused nomenclature, Wolves, when used correctly, can evoke a certain snarling menace. The tepid likes of Wolfmother and Wolf Parade have certainly besmirched this signifier in recent years, but there has always been a Wolf Eyes or Rye Wolves to restore sufficiently brutal,Continue reading “Wolves In The Throne Room – Black Cascade”

Emeralds – What Happened

More Fact-age! *** No Fun Productions (2009) I expected something different from Emeralds. The name suggests a music at once multi-faceted, brightly shimmering and hard to the core. But the image, of three neo-grunge dudes slumped anonymously over samplers and synths suggests something altogether sleazier; low-rent. Maybe a poor man’s Wolf Eyes. Or, dare weContinue reading “Emeralds – What Happened”