Convergence Points of View
By Marcus Pan
Banal but not badly done, Convergence's
Points of View deliver to us a nu-metal blend of thrash, Korn-esque
riffs and Creed-wannabe ballads. While it's nothing that stands out against the
backdrop of artists that have been plowing this genre for years now, it's at
least a decent example of it, though missing the excitement that came with the
onset of Freak on a Leash and Beautiful People in the earlier
days of nu-metal fun.
Made up of Alessandro Palladini on vocals, Giacomo Mambriani
on guitars/synths, Massimiliano Andrini on bass and Michelagelo Naldini on
drums, Convergence obviously hail from Italy. Their song structure is slightly
experimental much like work by Korn or Marilyn Manson, but their lyrical work
is a bit hum-drum rife with played out cliche's of teenage angst. The "My god,
I'm roaming inside myself" of Strike the End or "I'm just a poor old man
who's dying" of Six Feet Under. Considering the music itself is well
done, I think it's the lyrics (and at times the whisper-growl technique
utilized by Alessandro) that detracts from Points of View and regulated
it to a "more of the same" overall result.
Samples of a CNN world-peace discussion opens the first
track, Bleed, and promptly goes into a Mansonesque movement with the
worst lyrics on the album: "I cut my wrist, watching my blood flow." As we move
into Strike the End, I'm again enjoying the thrash movements and poppy
bass/guitar breakdowns and riffwork. Anger permeates this track. Interesting
drumming, though it will sometimes be off by just a sixteenth or so during
multi-rolls giving the track an annoying drag noticeable during quiter
sections. Another noticeable thing is how easily it is to mistake Palladini's
trilling screams with someone who's drank too much and is letting loose on the
sidewalk in front of the seediest bar in town. I'm still not sure if I enjoy
the sidewalk yacking vocalizations or the growly "oh god the pain"
vocalizations - jury's out on that one for now.
Six Feet Under opens with some ballad piano, slow
moving and brings in the 4/4 heaviness of standard fare alterna-metal -
probably one of the better ones here, even if the lyrics are stil banal at
best. Alessandro's diction during power ballad Always the Same is
blurred and sounds drunken. Silent, with its EBM stylings and electronic
experiments is the best track on the album, and would be brilliant if not for
the over-the-top growliness of the vocals.
The overall result of Convergence's Points of View is
that it's decently executed, but is detracted from heavily by its silly ass
vocals, teeny-bopper cliches and mild attempt to be something that's been
around for a while already without pushing the envelope with few exceptions
(Silent, for example, had promise). I find it hum-drum and
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