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Born In The Echoes

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Axe To Fall

Converge

Axe To Fall

LabelEpitaph
VertriebIndigo
VÖ-Datum23.10.2009

Wie kompromisslos Converge auch bei ihrem achten Album Axe To Fall immer noch sind, zeigt eine Anekdote abseits der Musik. Dazu zunächst ein kleiner Einschub: Es ist schon seit geraumer Zeit selbst bei kleinen Labels wie Epitaph, die sich ursprünglich durch eine DIY-Punkrock-Attitüde einen Namen gemacht haben, üblich, dass die ersten Promo-Exemplare für Journalisten mit einem elektronischen Wasserzeichen versehen sind. So kann hinterher bei jeder CD genau nachvollzogen werden, an wen diese ging. Dies war auch bei Axe To Fall der Fall. Leider gelangte das Exemplar eines amerikanischen Kollegen in diverse Tauschbörsen. Dank des Wasserzeichens war der Übeltäter leicht auszumachen.

Branchenüblich ist bisher gewesen, dass so enttarnte Übeltäter unter der Hand einen Rüffel bekamen und danach natürlich schworen, vorsichtiger zu sein. Nicht so bei Converge. Diese benutzten nämlich den Nachrichtendienst Twitter, um nicht nur das vorherige illegale Veröffentlichen zu tadeln, sondern auch den Namen und Arbeitgeber des Kollegen zu nennen, der Axe To Fall in Umlauf brachte. Dass diese soziale Bestrafung immer noch tausend Mal besser ist, als jemanden auf viele Millionen Dollar Schadenersatz zu verklagen, steht natürlich außer Frage.

Dabei ist voll und ganz verständlich, wenn man Axe To Fall schnell allen seinen Freunden vorspielen will und man es deshalb auch online verfügbar macht. Denn das Album ist schlicht großartig. Die Kompromisslosigkeit, mit der man in den ersten vier Songs sämtliche Metal-, Grindcore und Hardcore-Standards durch den Fleischwolf dreht und ebenso virtuos wie völlig verrückt wieder zusammensetzt, macht allein den Kauf von Axe To Fall zur Pflicht. Dass aber anschließend feinster Doom gespielt wird oder man sich gar an Postcore versucht, setzt dem ganzen noch die Krone auf.

Ohne Frage bleiben Converge eine Spezialisten-Angelegenheit. Denn wer sich nicht 40 Minuten lang anschreien lassen mag, wird auch auf Axe To Fall zu wenig finden, das einem den Zugang erleichtert. Dass die Band aber nach Genre-Referenzen wie Jane Doe oder You Fail Me nach so langer Zeit immer noch absolut top ist und unauffällig den ein oder anderen neuen Einfluss einbaut, gehört respektiert. Und das gerde wegen aller Kompromisslosigkeit.

Tracklist:
  1. Dark Horse
  2. Reap What You Sow
  3. Axe To Fall
  4. Effigy
  5. Worms WIll Feed/Rats Will Feast
  6. Wishing Well
  7. Damages
  8. Losing Battle
  9. Dead Beat
  10. Cutter
  11. Slave Driver
  12. Cruel Boom
  13. Wretched World
Highlights:

Dark Horse, Damages, Cruel Boom

Unsere Bewertung:
8 von 10
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