Release Date: Apr 7, 2017
Record label: Deathwish
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
Converge mastermind Jacob Bannon is best known for his aggressive, harsh vocals, but on the debut album for his solo project, Wear Your Wounds, he takes a much softer and more melodic approach. WYW is the culmination of years of writing compiled into a massive project that focuses on the dark and clean aspects of Converge. Album opener "Wear Your Wounds" begins with a sad, ominous-sounding piano lead before building a gargantuan sound through the rest of the instruments and Bannon's droning vocals. The instruments progressively build upon one another throughout the album, creating a tense dynamic that allows each instrument to have its moment.
This long-awaited solo project by Converge frontman Jacob Bannon is nothing like what fans would expect, and everything they could have hoped for. Dark, slow and moody, the 10 tracks here combine minimal instrumentation with maximal volume to create dense, lo-fi soundscapes which perfectly frame the emotional turmoil etched by Bannon's ghostly vocals. With a guest list that includes such noise merchants as Converge's Kurt Ballou, Sleigh Bells' Chris Maggio and ex-Hatebreed's Sean Martin, Bannon can summon plenty of thunder when needed, but many of the album's most affecting moments occur in sullen, synth-centered numbers like "Shine" and "Giving Up." JD CONSIDINE Check out the title track from 'WYW.' .