Five years since their last release,¬†Converge¬†return with¬†The Dusk In Us, a brutal but beautiful album that shows the band's artistic evolution while still capturing their classic sound. The ninth full-length from the Boston-based heavy-music innovators proves to be both dark and hopeful, abrasive and melodic, devastating and powerfully cathartic. In recording¬†The Dusk In Us,¬†Converge¬†once again worked in¬†Kurt Ballou's¬†renowned Godcity Studios in Salem, MA. Produced by the band and mixed by Ballou, the album matches its raw energy with a subculture-crossing inventiveness that's earned¬†Converge¬†longtime reverence within the punk, metal, and hardcore scenes.
One of¬†Converge's¬†most dynamic and avant-garde albums to date,¬†The Dusk In Us¬†unfolds with an uncompromising honesty born from "writing about experiences in my life and working through the complexities of those things through song," as Bannon explains. On the album-opening "A Single Tear," pummeling drums and caustic riffs form the backdrop to strikingly vulnerable lyrics. With its abrasive guitar work and menacing undertones, "Under Duress" brings a tortured howl to lyrics channeling what Bannon calls, "an emotional reaction to the complex world in which we live." A frenzied blast of pure fury, "I Can Tell You About Pain" offers what¬†NPR¬†hailed as "hardcore-fueled extreme music that simultaneously elevates and destroys." And on the 7-minute-plus title track,¬†Converge¬†deliver a slow-building, quietly haunting epic of ethereal beauty.
While¬†The Dusk In Us¬†finds¬†Converge¬†defying boundaries and pushing into new sonic terrain, it's also a natural progression for a band that's long thrived on making music that both challenges and connects.