Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Converge ‎– The Poacher Diaries

Relapse Records ‎– RR 6409-2
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1 Agoraphobic Nosebleed Mantis 1:26
2 Agoraphobic Nosebleed Center Of The Hive 1:13
3 Agoraphobic Nosebleed Glass Tornado 1:03
4 Agoraphobic Nosebleed Landfills Of Extinct Possibility 1:12
5 Agoraphobic Nosebleed Pentagram Constellation 2:19
6 Agoraphobic Nosebleed Bed Of Flies 1:01
7 Agoraphobic Nosebleed Destroyed 1:07
8 Agoraphobic Nosebleed Gringo 1:19
9 Agoraphobic Nosebleed Infected Womb 2:59
10 Converge Locust Reign
Bass – Kurt Ballou
11 Converge This Is Mine
Backing Vocals – Aaron Dalbec, Florian Bertmer, Jacob Bannon, Kevin Baker, Matt Pike (2), Nate Newton, Ryan Parker
12 Converge They Stretch For Miles 4:26
13 Converge My Great Devastator 5:00
14 Converge The Human Shield 3:46
15 Converge Minnesota
Guitar – Nate Newton

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Agoraphobic Nosebleed tracks produced at Oblivion Studios, Upper Marlboro, MA, March 1999.
Mastered at Sonorous Mastering, Tempe AZ.

Converge tracks recorded at God City Studios, Norwood, MA - June through July 1999.
Digital Editing and Mastered at M Works, Cambridge, MA.
Additional mastering at Sonorous Mastering, Tempe AZ.

℗&© 1999 Relapse Records.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 781676640928
  • Matrix / Runout: 0GCN6<7232>6409


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April 4, 2013
edited over 6 years ago

A brilliant split between grindcore behemoths, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and chaotic hardcore pioneers Converge, compiling a different side to each bands signature sounds.

Raging from the off, ANb's side never gives up, although lighter and more thrash orientated than other releases, the riffs are aplenty especially on 'Destroyed'. As to be expected their side ends as quick as it started.

Converge's side is a two headed beast that flits between all out metalcore and arty noise rock. 'Locust Reign' is one of Converge's major hits and has featured on several of their releases and for good reason, it's metallic fury encapsulates the bands early sound perfectly. 'Minnesota' and 'They Stretch For Miles' are a large departure featuring elongated passages and slow rhythms sounding more akin to bands like Swans and Godflesh..

All in all a great release especially to those familiar with the bands in question looking for something different from them.


April 13, 2009

The Poacher Diaries was my intro to ANb and one of my first Converge CD's. I love this split, plain and simple. It's not perfect, but it doesn't matter. The production for both bands isn't really up to standard. While most people seem to think it really mauls the Converge side, I think ANb actually suffers more because there's just not enough bass. However, I have no problem overlooking this because the song writing is just murder. Seriously with a song like Mantis to start this offering of unrelenting metal fury, you know the whole album is going to kill. ANb really uses the samples so well here, giving the tracks more variety and atmosphere. Pentagram Constellation and Infected Womb have this extra level of viciousness that shreds with such intensity, you just want to bash your skull into a wall.
And the Converge side is just fucking ridiculous. Easily some of their best material. The production gives the band a whole new sound. It's not dark and creepy like their first two albums or raw and caustic like their later albums. It's not even really between those two styles, it's hard to explain. Locust Reign is a fucking metalcore/grind anthem, the breakdown is just unrelenting and crushing. They Stretch For Miles and Minnesota are both slightly psychadelic in flavor, especially with the Fear and Loathing sample in the first. Very different material from Converge. The ultimate highlight of the album from either band is My Great Devastator. This could be the heaviest Converge song, right next to Love As Arson. The lyrics, the breakdown, the drumming are all spot on.
Converge and ANb are really different bands, but if you like brutal metal with unique approach both bands provide. The art is also worth mentioning, combining the drug blasphemy of ANb with the failed romance style of Converge. It really suits both bands.