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Converge

One of the most original and innovative bands to emerge from the punk underground, Converge were formed in the winter of 1990-1991, and after several singles, compilation appearances, and the requisite growing pains, they released their first full-length effort, Halo in a Haystack, in 1994. The Boston-based metalcore and mathcore pioneers were initially comprised of vocalist/visual artist Jacob Bannon, guitarist Kurt Ballou, bassist Jeff Feinburg, and drummer Damon Bellorado, with second guitarist Aaron Dalbec joining in 1994 (he later left in 2001 without being replaced). Over the years, the band also found time to lend out members to various side projects, including Kingdom of the Sun, Old Man Gloom, and Kid Kilowatt (the short-lived band that also included members of Cave In).

Hydra Head issued Caring and Killing in 1996, which gathered tracks released during the band's infancy, followed a year later by Petitioning the Empty Sky, which was released by the independent label Equal Vision. Cave In's Stephen Brodsky replaced bassist Feinburg in 1997 as well, and by the release of 1998's When Forever Comes Crashing, Converge had proved themselves a force to be reckoned with in the hardcore-metal scene. Brodsky left the band that same year and was replaced by bassist Nate Newton; Bellorado likewise exited in 1999 and, soon enough, the band had welcomed drummer Ben Koller into the fray. A split with Japan's Hellchild appeared in 2001 through Death Wish, Inc. (which Bannon co-owned) before Converge's ever-growing reputation among fans and critics was cemented even further with the release of the band's fourth official full-length, the highly acclaimed metal masterpiece Jane Doe.

Converge were by now regarded as one of the most original and innovative bands to emerge from the punk underground. Trudging along, the musicians during that time played over 600 shows with varying success -- their hard work made it possible for them to retain their cult status within the punk underground without the kind of commercial success that has vaulted other punk bands into the middle of alternative rock radio and press. Rare and out of print tracks were next collected together for 2003's Unloved and Weeded Out compilation before Converge returned the following year with another studio album, You Fail Me, which marked the band's first for Epitaph. Always reliable and consistently brutal, Bannon, Ballou, Koller, and Newton were back after more rounds of touring by October 2006 with No Heroes, followed three years later by Axe to Fall. The latter album found Converge working collaboratively with members of Cave In, Neurosis, and the Red Chord. In 2012, the band released its eighth studio album, All We Love We Leave Behind. In 2016 the band issued You Fail Me Redux, a reissue of their fifth studio album remixed by Ballou, remastered by Alan Douches, and repackaged by Bannon. ~ Stacia Proefrock
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Selected Discography

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Track List: All We Love We Leave Behind

1. Aimless Arrow

2. Trespasses

3. Tender Abuse

4. Sadness Comes Home

5. Empty On The Inside

6. Sparrow's Fall

7. A Glacial Pace

8. Vicious Muse

9. Veins And Veils

10. Coral Blue

11. Shame In The Way

12. Precipice

13. All We Love We Leave Behind

14. Predatory Glow

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Track List: Axe To Fall

1. Dark Horse

2. Reap What You Sow

3. Axe To Fall

4. Effigy

5. Worms Will Feed / Rats Will Feast

6. Wishing Well

7. Damages

8. Losing Battle

9. Deadbeat

10. Cutter

11. Slave Driver

12. Cruel Bloom

13. Wretched World

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Track List: No Heroes

1. Heartache

2. Hellbound

3. Sacrifice

4. Vengence

5. Weight Of The World

6. No Heroes

7. Plagues

8. Grim Heart/Black Rose

9. Orphaned

10. Lonewolves

11. Versus

12. Trophy Scars

13. Bare My Teeth

14. To The Lions

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Track List: You Fail Me

1. First Light

2. Last Light

3. Black Cloud

4. Drop Out

5. Hope Street

6. Heartless

7. You Fail Me

8. In Her Shadow

9. Eagles Become Vultures

10. Death King

11. In Her Blood

12. Hanging Moon

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Track List: Jane Doe

1. Concubine

2. Fault And Fracture

3. Distance And Meaning

4. Hell To Pay (Live)

5. Homewrecker

6. The Broken Vow

7. Bitter And Then Some

8. Heaven In Her Arms

9. Phoenix In Flight

10. Phoenix In Flames

11. Thaw

12. Jane Doe

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Track List: Petitioning The Empty Sky (Remastered)

1. The Saddest Day

2. Forsaken

3. Albatross

4. Dead

5. Shingles

6. Buried But Breathing

7. Farewell Note To This City

8. Color Me Blood Red

9. For You (Live)

10. Antithesis (Live)

11. Homesong (Live)

12. Love As Arson (Alternate Version)

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Track List: You Fail Me Redux

1. First Light

2. Last Light

3. Black Cloud

4. Drop Out

5. Hope Street

6. Heartless

7. You Fail Me

8. In Her Shadow

9. Eagles Become Vultures

10. Wolves At My Door

11. Death King

12. In Her Blood

13. Hanging Moon

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How can someone compare converge to mastodon theyre not even in the same genre
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Your boyfriend why are you even commenting about a band you obviously don't like ohh s**t walking deads on peace
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Sorry
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J harrel go finger your fathers anal glands till he blasts a load on your younger brothers chest and have your girlfriend lick it up
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Infamous for the microphone spin whacking guitarist in the face sick times
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this band is truley amazing.
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I wish I could like suggest that some 247 Mc Penis-face would like make like a point to like...sound like less of like a...complete like...and.. l i k e . . t o t a l
f**k..like.w a n d .
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Roast in a fire f nut.
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Read my bio
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Ben Koller u f**king genius!!
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let's leave my opinion of music I don't like on the comment section of a band I don't like.... makes sense
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Great fuckn band
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Sounds like a garage band with a crappy whining singer.
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xhidden99
It's like throwing a table saw at another table saw.
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Honest opionion not the best. But hey might be somebody elses favorite :)
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Can't say they're better then mastodon, but still one of the best !
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Where's some When Forever Comes Crashing? I'd like Locust Reign in the mix.
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doyle1125
cool stuff
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I wish I could like (thumbs up) the comments below
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people are retarded. converge was a band before the guys in dillinger took their first dose of steroids hahaha circa 1990 converge is boss.
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acfisher66
cult pigs forwards or backwards
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fish nazi
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jared you got it backwards
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thats funny-deathl o k - y e a well hmmmmm-let me think-yea,de t h l o k f**king sucks...
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i think of axe to fail as their classic rock statement or most softcore work.
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its just you
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Is it just me or is this in the spirit of Dillinger Escape Plan?
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hey wait are you making fun of dakota fanning ? WTF! she is easily the best actress working today.you guys are just a bunch of old washed hippies and can't recognize real talent.
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Converge had more of a right to be there than Dethklok? Uh, it was Dethklok's tour, they probably asked Converge to play it in the first place...the Dallas show was great...
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They were very unappreciate d . It's hard to play to a crowd who all bought the new Dethklok album, which is stupid because Dethklok is based on a TV show. Converge had more of a right to be there. The kid next to me even got into it with Jeff!
Jeff: "This next song goes out to the kid because we love making his life miserable!"
Kid: "We love you Dave Grohl."
Jeff: "We love you Dakota Fanning!"
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speedracer_h x c
Saw that show too. It was amazing! These guys have been one of my all-time faves for years.
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Lucky motherf**ker
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Jane Doe had to have been one of the greatest releases of the decade. Caught these guys with Mastodon, High On Hire, and Dethklok a while back. It's a show I'm not gonna forget.
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Really? Axe to fall is not at all their best work, in my eyes. It's way too flashy, way too produced, and has way less emotional depth then everything else they've put out. Which is a shame because Jacob Bannon is great at incorporatin g raw emotion. As I said, You fail me is EASILY their best work as far as im concerned. Axe to fall seems more like "look what we can do!" then what I enjoy from them. Although, I do think it's better then no heroes, so it's a step back in the right direction.
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You fail me is easily the high point of their music making careers as far as im concerned. And when I say that, I mean that it's the high point of their careers WITH CONVERGE. Start looking at SOME of their side projects (Old man gloom, Doomriders, etc.. ) Then it might be a different story..
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Jane Doe=timeless masterpiece. Timeless.
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wow they have a lot more albums than this
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Converge is better then Dethklok, Mastodon, and High on fire combined. By far.
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tannerryan66
S**t holmes! ive been checking out all those guys and so far CONVERGE has got my vote over all of them. That tour is coming to SLC OCT.9
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Hopefully I'll see them this october with Dethklok, Mastodon and High on Fire!
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This is f**king AMAZING! They did a split with ANb? That is cool
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The split that converge did with agoraphobic nosebleed *_*
...makes me melt
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Dear, I'll Stay gold just to keep these pasts at bay
To keep the lonliest of nights from claiming you
And to keep these longest of days from waking you
For I felt the greatest of winters coming
And I saw you as seasons shifting from blue to gray...
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ohtheknives
Best band ever. Period.
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...my brain is decaying at a fatal rate, just utter noisecore meltdown...
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if i had a band and on the pandora page under similar artists it said "slayer" i would totally blow a load.
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I need a new Jane Doe CD. Mine's all worn out.
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Damn. This is amazing.
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They need a few more albums here, because these guys are prolific b**tards.
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F**KING CONVERGE!
SO AWESOME!
BEST SHOW BEST GRIND!
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