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Convergence [James Murphy (Death)]

  • 1. Since Forgotten
    2. Convergence
    3. Last One, The
    4. Vision
    5. Touching the Earth
    6. Red Alert
    7. Deeper Within
    8. Shadow's Fall
    9. Tempus Omnia Revelat
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1096

  • Credits
    ProducerJames Murphy
    EngineerJames Murphy; Steve Fontano

    Personnel includes: James Murphy (guitar); Devin Townsend, Chuck Billy (vocals); Deen Castronovo (drums); Greg Howe.
    Personnel: James Murphy (guitar); Devin Townsend (vocals, keyboards); Chuck Billy, Eddie Ellis (vocals); Eddie Head, Greg Howe (guitar); Matt Guillory (keyboards); Deen Castronovo (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Christopher Ash; James Murphy .
    Recording information: Prairie Sun; Sound Temple Studio.
    Photographers: Steve Jennings; Donald May.
    As should be expected from a guitarist, James Murphy's first solo album, Convergence, is more notable for its instrumental attributes than its actual songs. Murphy is a skilled and inventive guitarist, creating new waves of sound and drawing depth from standard death metal riffs. Convergence, unlike his work with Testament, Death, and Obituary, isn't all gloom-and-doom -- there are passages where Murphy stretches out to demonstrate that he is a full-fledged musician, not just a guitarist. Unfortunately, Murphy isn't much of a songwriter. Though there is an abundance of leads and licks that are instantly memorable, you can't remember which boasted that stellar guitar work. All in all, Convergence is a guitarist's album and for guitarists, it's an immensely satisfying work. If you don't play, however, you probably won't need to listen. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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