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Post by monkeychief25 on Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:32 pm



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 later album found Converge working collaboratively with members of Cave In, Neurosis, and the Red Chord.
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Re: Converge

Post by Känge on Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:14 pm

fuck yeah. fuck. yeah.

Caring and Killing has some gems. everyone seems to dig the new release, I think it comes up a bit short when compared to shit they've already done.

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Post by Actumen on Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:31 am

Caught them w/Mastodon 'n' Dethklok and was a bit disappointed by the live show (sound was all off), but dig the shit out of Axe to Fall... need to snag a bunch of the older shit.

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Post by monkeychief25 on Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:06 am

The sound was bad when I saw them too.

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Post by El Decapo on Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:55 am

Not my kinda shit, but not bad.
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Post by Känge on Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:14 am

I don't care how bad they sound live, I'll still jizz just knowing it's Converge.

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Post by monkeychief25 on Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:12 pm

It wasn't there fault, they still kicked ass, the sound dude for the tour just sucks.

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Post by Kyle on Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:32 pm

I was really into them when I was in high school. First band I seriously listened to and I stumbled upon their website and they were talking about Entombed being a huge influence on them and that's how I became a metalhead.
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Post by Huldrelokk on Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:11 pm

converge blows, i wish they would get dropped off MDF
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Post by monkeychief25 on Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:41 pm

Huldrelokk wrote:converge blows, i wish they would get dropped off MDF
Save your self the hassle of seeing this shitty, shitty band and give me your ticket and hotel room.

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Post by Huldrelokk on Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:29 pm

Ill save you the hassle of seeing that shitty band, and keep my ticket so i can see Autopsy, Gorguts, Sodom, Eyehategod, N2002, Pentagram, DRI, Pestilence, Repulsion, Asphyx, Possessed, and 39 other bands that shit on converge
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Post by Känge on Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:09 pm

y u hatin

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