I'm a little late on this one but i finally was able to sit down and listen to this and give it a proper thorough listen. What can I say about Converge that hasn't already been said? For a band who has been around 25 + years and that has released some of the most iconic and influential records in the world of heavy music. Converge shows no signs of slowing down or becoming complacent in their work. The bands ninth studio album, The Dusk in Us, is proof of that. As the follow up to 2012's All We Leave Behind, The Dusk In Us, is like the ideal next step in the natural progression and evolution of the bands sound. Right out of the gate the opening track, "A Single Tear" demanded my full undivided attention and kept it through the first half of or so of the record. The first five tracks embodied everything I love about Converge in a nutshell. The 7 minute and 23 second title track, "The Dusk In Us" is where it kind of slowed to a crawl for me. It felt long, and slow, like an intermission of some sort. The pace does indeed pick up for the second half of the record, but my mind already began to drift elsewhere. Not by any means does it effect how absolutely amazing the first half is, for me personally anyway.
BOTTOM LINE: If you're a Converge fan, then this definitely worth checking out and purchasing. Newbies who dig this and are not familiar with the band, do yourself a favor and check out the bands back catalog. You are only depriving yourself by not doing so.
STAND OUT TRACK(S): "A Single Tear and "I Can Tell You About Pain"