Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Convul - I'll Be Seeing You

Convulsions recently changed their name to Convul and are getting ready to release this new record, as well as hit the road for some touring. 

With each release this band seems to add something new to their routine.  "I'll Be Seeing You" is no different.  I was told that the this release should be listened to as one piece of music, rather than separate songs, though each song is quite a departure in tone and style between tracks that it's hard not to separate it.

The record starts out similar to the sound we've come to expect from these guys with a heavy 90's influence of chugging guitars and technical drums. It's a solid opening that dissolves into an aggressive breakdown. 

Though the record takes some turns after that incorporating what seems to be a heavy Torche influence mixed with perhaps some older Converge material.  We're also hit with a lengthy composition of slow, reverb heavy guitar that seems to last around 11 minutes. I couldn't help but feel it dragged on a bit and found myself wishing to trade the piece in for a couple songs that would match the band's previously initiated flow on the album.

The production communicates a pretty healthy sound that clearly represents all the instruments very well.  The band seems to have taken some chances here that might take the listener a second or two to adjust to.  I admire the creativity expressed and at times it's pretty ingenious.

You can preview the track "Dream Walker" here.