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Converge

The punk metal act 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 quartet was 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. ~ Stacia Proefrock, Rovi
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Read my bio
Ben Koller u f**king genius!!
let's leave my opinion of music I don't like on the comment section of a band I don't like.... makes sense
Great fuckn band
Sounds like a garage band with a crappy whining singer.
xhidden99
It's like throwing a table saw at another table saw.
Honest opionion not the best. But hey might be somebody elses favorite :)
Can't say they're better then mastodon, but still one of the best !
Where's some When Forever Comes Crashing? I'd like Locust Reign in the mix.
cool stuff
I wish I could like (thumbs up) the comments below
people are retarded. converge was a band before the guys in dillinger took their first dose of steroids hahaha circa 1990 converge is boss.
acfisher66
cult pigs forwards or backwards
fish nazi
jared you got it backwards
WTF is No Heroes!? and When Forever Comes Crashing!? and Unloved and Weeded Out!? and Caring and Killing!?
thats funny-deathl o k - y e a well hmmmmm-let me think-yea,de t h l o k f**king sucks...
i think of axe to fail as their classic rock statement or most softcore work.
its just you
Is it just me or is this in the spirit of Dillinger Escape Plan?
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.
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...
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!"
Saw that show too. It was amazing! These guys have been one of my all-time faves for years.
Lucky motherf**ker
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.
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.
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..
Jane Doe=timeless masterpiece. Timeless.
wow they have a lot more albums than this
Converge is better then Dethklok, Mastodon, and High on fire combined. By far.
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
Hopefully I'll see them this october with Dethklok, Mastodon and High on Fire!
This is f**king AMAZING! They did a split with ANb? That is cool
The split that converge did with agoraphobic nosebleed *_*
...makes me melt
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...
ohtheknives
Best band ever. Period.
...my brain is decaying at a fatal rate, just utter noisecore meltdown...
if i had a band and on the pandora page under similar artists it said "slayer" i would totally blow a load.
I need a new Jane Doe CD. Mine's all worn out.
Damn. This is amazing.
They need a few more albums here, because these guys are prolific b**tards.
F**KING CONVERGE!
SO AWESOME!
BEST SHOW BEST GRIND!
F**KING CONVERGE!
SO AWESOME!
BEST SHOW BEST GRIND!
You all ARE f**king amazing! You put Jesus to shame because you're a million time better than he'll ever be. Rock the f**k out and keep making great music!

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