J. Bannon "The Blood of Thine Enemies" one-sided etched 7"Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2008 @ 10:04pm » permalink
I tend not to speak very "eloquently" about music, even when the situation damn near demands it, as I've always been more of a "from the gut" kind of guy, so… all I can really open up with here is that this track is fucking incredible, and in my opinion shits all over everything Converge has done in the last seven years or so (and no offense intended there, as I'm a fan). Maybe it's partly due to the mood/mental state I've been in as of late, but I'm seriously blown away by how impressive this is. I didn't really know what to expect, but this is way different – just dark, bleak, depressing… somehow fucking morose and utterly evil at the same time. The delivery is relatively consistent and stripped down with some throbbing bass and low-end hums, piano, and layered vocals for sort of an experimental/dark ambient kind of vibe, but obviously with a much more structured and musical backbone, which is awesome. The whole thing sort of builds up very subtly and the six-minute running time passes in the blink of an eye. I generally don't give a shit about "music videos", but there's a very cinematic quality to this piece that could make for some crazy (as in jaw-to-the-floor or gun to your head, or maybe even potentially tearing up – no joke) visual accompaniment given the tone of the whole thing. I absolutely cannot fucking wait for the "Wear Your Wounds" full-length now, because if it's even half as powerful as this 7", it'll be among the best of the year. No doubt. I'm floored here. Here's an extremely brief snippet (go buy this shit):
Forgive this blood on my hands. I reap what I have sown, and who I am. Damned. So damned.
The record is limited to 2,000 copies (available on black, bone, metallic gold, or metallic silver) in one of those nice chipboard envelope sleeves with a matte finish, and each purchase comes with a voucher to download an mp3 of the track (huge selling point, as far as I'm concerned). It looks great, it sounds even better. Get your hands on it now while you still can, 'cause apparently this song's never gonna appear on another release, and I bet they'll sell out pretty damn soon.