Sure I feel your pain. You used to buy so many records - as did I - and actively enjoyed parting with that hard-earned (or pleadingly borrowed) cash in exchange for a circular disc or rectangular cassette, which you would fleem home with like you'd done something naughty. The delight in pressing play for the first time was something that we'll never recover. Now, you're spoilt for choice. You download free albums, mp3s and watch videos all the time, consumed by music you used to consume. However, there are reasons still to buy. One reason is aptly and eloquently explained by Mr Andrew Falkous of Future of the Left here:
So with that overwhelming opinion in mind, while you steal musician's work, why not reward a few of them along the way? It's only fair right? So, this week I implore you, beg you, plead with you to purchase Converge's Axe To Fall.
Well because of this:
No don't worry they won't just put you into Saw like devices and tear your flesh from bone a la solving the Lament Configuration if you don't buy. That's just the video to the title track.
If you just found yourself reeling from the onslaught of sheet metal across your face, then may I suggest you calm down and listen again. Then try listening to the entire record here: www.myspace.com/converge
Converge's seventh album deals in the same wrath, retribution and savagery we're used to. The huge amount of effort needed to perform these songs, let alone bleed their energies into their creation and arrangement, should be enough to convince you to part with a fraction of your income. Utilising the use of special guests from a variety of hardcore and metalcore backgrounds, this Converge album can be seen as their most undulating. The moods range from pure, unadulterated rage to maudlin contemplation. It's a fascinating record that pummels as it burns as it soothes as it aches. The atmospheric brutality, incomparable delivery and surprisingly fresh ideas lurking within these writhing metallic anthems are certainly worth both your time and your money.
So do it, please.