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by Convent

Blackened death metal with hardcore influences from San Diego, California
Genre: Metal/Punk: Death Metal
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1. The Descent
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2. Hell
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3. Apparitions
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4. She Sleeps in Glass
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5. Perspective
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6. The Pursuit
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7. Escape Artist
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8. Tribute to Death
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9. The Charge
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Album Notes
Convent was born from a chance meeting between guitarists Brian Kirby and Steven Kelley. While initially attempting to breathe life back into Kirby’s already existing project, they found that their musical tastes and influences differed from that of the other members and decided to leave the group and pursue their own band. After writing a number of demo tracks Kirby and Steven contacted vocalist Phil Hatchet-Yau, an acquaintance of Kirby’s that had recently moved to San Diego, hoping to bring his experience and aggressive vocal style into the mix. The choice proved to be the right one and the trio began searching for the right people to complete the bands lineup. After much trial and error drummer Tushant Bonner and bassist Nathan Jardin were recruited to fill the open positions and the band that would become Convent took shape.
The writing process began immediately, drawing from the wide range of styles and influences each member brought to the table, and a sound that can be described as aggressive, technical, heavy and melodic emerged. As songs quickly fell into place Convent began looking at opportunities to share their music with others, and soon found themselves on stage alongside other San Diego acts.
As of July 28th 2013, the band has begun recording songs for their debut EP, due out September 21st of the same year. With an energetic live show, aggressive music and a “go big or go home” attitude, Convent is ready to unleash their music upon a far too quiet metal scene.


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Andrew J

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I came across this band through a friend who had caught one of their live shows. My buddy had nothing but good things to say about their performance, so I decided to give the album a listen. All in all, this is a great first release from a band who seems to still be finding themselves. The majority of the album flows well together, especially in the first three tracks. "The Descent" is a creepy, building intro that sets up for the first real track, "Hell" which blows right out of the gate with fast guitars and drums, yet keeping a daunting melody over the whole intro. With an epic chorus and driving verses, "Hell" is definitely a track to keep your eye on. "Apparitions" follows seamlessly, keeping the energy and epic nature of the song before it. The band deviates from this on the next song, "She Sleeps in Glass", which has no defined chorus and opts for a little bit more of a tech-y, aggressive style. "Perspective" changes it up even more, switching from the more death metal style of vocals to something hardcore influenced. "The Pursuit" was really the only track that felt like it didn't belong, and comes off as filler. It breaks up the flow of the album and makes way for "Escape Artist" which is their most death metal song thus far. With instrumentals that remind me of "The Black Dahlia Murder" and straight forward death vocals, this one would be more for the traditional death metal listener. "Tribute to Death" was a great last song, as it jumps right into a high energy intro, then a bouncy verse that you can't help but bang your head to. The chorus, if it can be called that, slows it down a little and delivers a rather positive message before kicking it back into high gear for the rest of the song. Closing out the album "The Charge" winds everything down and leaves you hoping another track would follow. Unfortunately that is not the case, and we'll just have to wait until the next release from these guys.

Production wise, this album sounds great. My only complaint is that the guitars can get lost a here and there. They could definitely use some beefing up. Other than that, give this album a shot! If you are a fan of melodic death type metal, these guys are worth a listen.