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Converge
Unloved and Weeded Out
Deathwish Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If you haven't heard of Converge by now, chances are you will never be a fan of their music. For more than a decade, Converge has been on the forefront of the hardcore, metal, screamo, straight-up-scary-shit scene. Combining frantic drumming, the speed riffs of classic metal, and the vocals of a crazed demon intent on eating your soul, Converge sound like a band straight out of your parent's worst nightmare. Fuck, out of anyone's worst nightmare. Couple this with the bleak, horrific imagery of their lyrics and they will have you sleeping with the lights on.

Unloved and Weeded Out is a collection of rare, unreleased, and demo versions of early Converge songs. Usually a release like this is just an excuse for a label to capitalize on a band's popularity and make a quick buck. I haven't watched MTV's dial-in show in a while, but I'm pretty sure that I haven't missed Converge on Total Request Live. Even though Converge is popular in their own right, Unloved and Weeded Out is more of a way for dedicated fans to get their hands on songs that were previously released only on 7" singles and compilations.

Unfortunately, as is the case with most releases of this nature, Unloved and Weeded Out does not stand on its own as an album but instead serves as a connect the dots from the band's early days to its most current disc, Jane Doe. With Unloved and Weeded Out we see a progression from standard hardcore to a sonically and musically more challenging sound. However, with Converge being one of the leaders of their genre, Unloved and Weeded Out is still a more satisfying listen than much of the swill you can choose to swallow.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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