Monday, September 19, 2011

Converge + Agoraphobic Nosebleed - 2006 The Poacher Diaries (Remastered)

Band : Converge + Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Album : The Poacher Diaries (Remastered)
Release Year : 2006
Genre : Chaotic | Hardcore | Grindcore

Tracklist :
Agoraphobic Nosebleed
1. "Mantis"
2. "Center of the Hive"
3. "Glass Tornado"
4. "Landfills of Extinct Possibility"
5. "Pentagram Constellation"
6. "Bed of Flies"
7. "Destroyed"
8. "Gringo"
9. "Infected Womb"

10. "Locust Reign"
11. "This is Mine"
12. "They Stretch for Miles"
13. "My Great Devastator"
14. "The Human Shield"
15. "Minnesota"

I remember when I bought this split at the time of its release. The meeting was enough to damn the chips is that relapse had also hit the jackpot, for one with Converge elsewhere. The artwork of Derek Hess super neat, one of the most beautiful he has done I think.

This split album is equally divided between Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Converge and both bands provide some startling material. The two groups really compliment each other here, with both bands eschewing typical basic songwriting for highly complex fractured layers of riffs topped off by hellish screaming vocals. Of the two bands Agoraphobic Nosebleed are the more brutal thanks to their high-speed spastic drum machine, but Converge equal the intensity with their disturbingly bizarre collision of hardcore and metal. One slight quibble is the vocals on the Converge tracks are virtually incoherent (even with a lyric sheet you'll need a lot of luck to follow more than 1 line in 10), but for intelligent, complex, experimental extreme metal that is more than just mindless blastbeats this is a mindblowing release.

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