Converge & Chelsea Wolfe - Bloodmoon: I
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #6 / 660
Year End Rank: #18
User Score
Based on 195 ratings
2021 Ratings: #88
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Kerrang!

Does Bloodmoon: I sound much like Converge? Only occasionally. Could it be their best album to date nevertheless? Quite possibly.

100
The Skinny

Bar a brief blast of Converge's signature chaos on Viscera of Men, Bloodmoon: I has otherwise pushed the band out of their comfort zone with only Wolfe and Brodsky's voices to guide them through the dark.

100
Sputnikmusic

I am certain that Blood Moon I will push the limits of disbelief for many veteran Converge fans, but it’s a development in their sound that’s been a long time coming, and that it has finally been realized here masterfully.

100
The Guardian

The band’s long-awaited collaboration with dark rocker Wolfe is slower and more melodic than their usual albums, yet even heavier.

91
A.V. Club

In its expanded melodic vocabulary, the record makes a fresh case for the band’s continued dominance of the extreme-music landscape.

90
PopMatters

At 11 songs, the album’s rich soundscapes never become overstuffed or self-indulgent, instead remaining lush, cinematic, and apocalyptically grand.

90
AllMusic

Even at its most melodic ... Bloodmoon: I bristles with nervy unease. That particular brand of agitation is textbook Converge, but with Brodsky's inventive arrangements and Wolfe's ethereal soprano added to the arsenal, that innate disquiet is glorious to behold.

90
Metal Injection

Actually spinning the record reveals harrowing atmospherics, a sense of grandiosity, devastating emotional weight and wrenching mood swings all woven around a diverse stanchion of extreme music via melodic breadth, avant-garde edging and fearless experimentation.

90
Metal Hammer

A chest-tighteningly exciting and thoroughly atypical piece of work from a band who have not just redefined themselves, but also the entire heavy metal landscape. Again.

80
Northern Transmissions

Bloodmoon: I ... is the act’s most immersive, cohesive collaboration yet.

67
Beats Per Minute

There is certainly potential here, but this first Bloodmoon record definitely feels like a testing ground.

53
Pitchfork

After 30 years together, the hardcore dynamos hit a nadir. Their collaborative album with Chelsea Wolfe and Stephen Brodsky is exhausting and predictable, a ceaseless barrage of the banal.

MaceBlade42
90
So...I need a few more listens before I settle on a final rating, but a 90% is extremely valid for a low score I'd give this. By far this is the most dynamic work from Converge I've heard and it shows a clear band evolution.

Converge mix their older style of metalcore with gothic metal, doom metal, and sludge metal through this massive collaboration with Chelsea Wolfe, Ben Chisholm, and Stephen Brodsky. It's balanced extremely well with its many ideas, especially because there's a lot of ... read more
mikehermida
48
Bit too screamy In parts for my taste and much preferred the female vocal who disappeared in the middle of the LP.

Musically, I quite liked it, almost cinematic in some parts, but overall it's a no from me.

Essential track - Failure Forever
GiorgioMotorola
95
HOLY FUCK this is gonna blow my wiener off of my butt

EDIT: ding dang gone
Formidable77
85
The collab we never knew we needed. Converge and Chelsea Wolfe bring forth some hauntingly gorgeous metal tracks that implement doom, gothic and sludge all throughout the project. It's a lot to take in on first listen, so expect my rating to change over time on this one.

FAVORITE TRACKS: Crimson Stone, Daimon, Coil, Viscera of Men, Lord of Liars, Flower Moon, Scorpion's Sting, Tongues Playing Dead
LEAST FAVORITE TRACK: Failure Forever
TurtwigsTaste
72
Welcome to the continuation of me trying to get into Metal! In this episode I return listening to Converge as I feel like it's a safe bet considering how great Jane Doe was. These are my thoughts on the album, what I liked, disliked and hope to see more of in detail.

On this collaboration album it starts off really song as I believe the first 3 tracks are the strongest tracks in the album. The slow, meticulative rise and growth of sound for Blood Moon is magnificent and is such a perfect ... read more
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Track List

1Blood Moon
7:50
93
2Viscera of Men
5:29
89
3Coil
6:08
89
4Flower Moon
4:38
83
5Tongues Playing Dead
4:12
79
6Lord of Liars
3:21
81
7Failure Forever
4:02
73
8Scorpion's Sting
5:48
81
9Daimon
6:59
77
10Crimson Stone
6:47
82
11Blood Dawn
3:30
85
Total Length: 58 minutes

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Added on: September 28, 2021