I will never admire the Swedes for bands such as ACE OF BASE or ABBA; still one can’t deny that this cold country sitting right next to mine has been able to produce quality music on a broad scale. From the very start of Death Metal the Swedes has been putting out quality material. When we Norwegians were pre occupied with burning churches and getting as bad sound quality on our Black Metal records as human possible the Swedes churned out heavy sounding “shit” like “Left Hand Path” (ENTOMBED) and “Like An Everflowing Stream” (DISMEMBER). The list could have gone on quite awhile but I reckon you have taken my point already.
“Converging Conspiracies” is without doubt COMECON’s finest moment, I’m willing to fight anyone who argues that fact. To be honest their other records aren’t even worth a listen. I didn’t know that the rest of their albums were non essential so I bought them all, blame it on “Converging Conspiracies”. What we are treated with here is an excellent mix of Death and Thrash Metal. Martin Van Drunen is one of the main reasons for “Converging Conspiracies” unique sound. For those unfamiliar with the sick throat rasps of this individual I would like to inform you that more of his work can be found in PESTILENCE and ASPHYX. One other selling point of this release is the absolutely delightful Sunlight buzz; I assume that the Sunlight buzz is familiar for those who listen to Death Metal on a regular basis. If you don’t have a clue about how a good Sunlight Studio production sounds like you have some catching up to do. “Converging Conspiracies” would be a great place to start your education.
I’ve been listening to this release several years already and it hasn’t lost it appeal at all. When you are a reviewer you sometimes under, or over, rate a release, there is no way around that. Therefore it’s kind of a relief to review a record that has been in your possession for years, no doubt what you think about it then. I haven’t owned “Converging Conspiracies” since its release back in 1993, but it has at least been in my collection for 5 years, more than enough time to form an opinion in other words. I would like to state that I sincerely enjoy receiving new bands to review as well; a mix of both does the trick.
One thing that makes “Converging Conspiracies” so enjoyable is its chaotic nature. Just remember that these guys know how to control their chaos. We are treated to heavy riffs, chaotic and sour guitar solos, acoustic guitars (not frequently used), mouth harps (not that frequent either), brilliant harmonies and so on. Most important, however, is the bands ability to make this into prime Extreme Metal. On the whole record there is only one song that I would classify as mediocre, that being “Morticide”. The song that follows this rather bad song is a top notch example of Death\Thrash. “Worms” are one of the few songs that includes some good ole’ blasting. Therefore I urge those who are allergic to blast beats to take a listen as well. I really enjoy the chorus where Van Drunen screams; “Worms Of God”, coupled with excellent music this does my day.
I believe that “Converging Conspiracies” is a record not known by many people, therefore I’m grateful for the opportunity to inform those uninformed. I don’t think that there are many records around sounding quite like this one. That means you would be wise to check it out if you are after a combination of Death and Thrash Metal, a combination that sounds great in these ears, at least when it is performed like this. (Online February 8, 2006)