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  • Summary: The ninth full-length release for the Massachusetts metalcore band was mixed by the band's guitarist, Kurt Ballou.
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I Can Tell You About Pain
Sick matriarch We are worlds apart Your dysfunction rips The roots from my heart I swear that I'm trying I swear that I'm trying, but You don't know... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Kerrang!
    Nov 1, 2017
    100
    Five years since the release of All We Love We Leave Behind, you could argue this is more of the same and just another Converge album. Pitted against the best of the band's catalogue, though, this one holds its own. [4 Nov 2017, p.50]
  2. Nov 3, 2017
    95
    On The Dusk In Us, we have a handful of tracks that see Converge pushing at the boundaries of their sound, even escaping it entirely. This leads to some of the most accessible, catchy, and (uncoincidentally) most emotionally resonant work of their careers.
  3. 90
    The band still maintain their status as leaders. Frontman Jacob Bannon is physically incapable of phoning in his performances, and always ready to bring the fear. Kurt Ballou’s guitar work is a joy to experience, whether he's carpal tunneling through downstrokes, picking out lyrical phrases to frame Bannon's ominous moments (“Thousands Of Miles Between Us”) or bringing the straight-up noise like a hateful glass-bomb explosion ("Under Duress").
  4. Nov 2, 2017
    82
    As sharp, urgent, and exploratory as they’ve ever been, The Dusk in Us is quintessential Converge, given the grand new purpose of salvation.
  5. Nov 3, 2017
    80
    An unerring sense of conflict courses through The Dusk In Us, and while that might sound like business as usual for a Converge record, it’s a testament to Bannon and his cohorts that they remain so compelling nine albums in.
  6. Nov 2, 2017
    80
    Gut-busting, heart-wrenching and captivating from vicious beginning to devastating conclusion, the likes of ‘Cannibals’, the jolting ‘Arkhipov Calm’ and beautifully excruciating title track capture the band at their most ambitious and dominant.
  7. Nov 6, 2017
    60
    The Dusk in Us was whittled down to thirteen tracks from eighteen and there remains a little bit of extraneous material, particularly towards the album’s close, and that uneven pacing suggests a touch of rust after so long away--‘All We Love We Leave Behind’ felt more tightly controlled.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 3, 2017
    10
    Converge deserved to be mentioned in the same conversations as artists like Radiohead, Björk and Neurosis. They truly are something else,Converge deserved to be mentioned in the same conversations as artists like Radiohead, Björk and Neurosis. They truly are something else, whether it be in their consistency, raw brutality and energy, or their emotional weight. The Dusk in Us only further solidifies them as one of the greatest metal bands around. Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2019
    10
    Two years after its release, The Dusk In Us still holds up. This band always gives it their all.
  3. Nov 9, 2017
    9
    A textured and well produced album by Converge. Metalcore that is creative, marking well-executed paths outside of the norm for usual hardA textured and well produced album by Converge. Metalcore that is creative, marking well-executed paths outside of the norm for usual hard rock music such as this. The Dusk in Us is a first glimpse for me of Converge's style of rock, from absolutely brutal tracks such as I Can Tell You About Pain to slightly less aggression from Jacob Bannon as his voice is expressed well throughout the album, though the many layers sometimes engulf his brilliant vocals at certain points in the album.

    Loved it.

    Standouts: Trigger, Reptilian

    Fav's: A Single Tear, Eye of the Quarrel, Wildlife, Murk & Marrow, I Can Tell You About Pain.

    Eh: Thousands of Miles Between Us, Arkhipov Calm.

    Not my Jaffa Cake: Cannibals
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  4. Nov 6, 2017
    9
    Everything and even more you wished for from Converge. It's great addition to their collection of albums. Hard, crushingly heavy, smart,Everything and even more you wished for from Converge. It's great addition to their collection of albums. Hard, crushingly heavy, smart, thoughtful and complex. Expand
  5. Dec 3, 2017
    5
    Simply being intense and living in technical thresholds gave the music its only all around worth, which shouldn’t be overlooked, but itSimply being intense and living in technical thresholds gave the music its only all around worth, which shouldn’t be overlooked, but it certainly doesn’t go far enough to be noteworthy due to the music being careful and careless in all the wrong places with a painful sound and overly regimented musical tactics, proving that intensity through intensity equates to nothing but cheapness. My Score: 85/180 (Deficient) = 4.7/10 Expand

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