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Converge is an American metalcore band from Salem, Massachusetts. Formed in 1990, the group is composed of vocalist Jacob Bannon, guitarist Kurt Ballou, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller. Their style blends hardcore punk with heavy metal, and they are considered pioneers of both metalcore and its subgenre mathcore. According to AllMusic, Converge are "regarded as one of the most original and innovative bands to emerge from the punk underground".

Converge have enjoyed a relatively high level of recognition. Their popularity began to rise with the release of breakthrough album, Jane Doe, which was number 1 on Sputnikmusic's "Top 100 Albums of the Decade". During the recording of Jane Doe, longtime member Aaron Dalbec was asked to leave the group. This reduced Converge to a four-piece line up, which has been intact to the present day. Converge's records have gradually become more elaborate and expensive to produce. This progression began with their move from a small independent label (Equal Vision Records) to a considerably larger one (Epitaph Records). Special releases have traditionally been handled by Bannon's record label, Deathwish Inc.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Halo in a Haystack Converge 3 1
1998 Petitioning the Empty Sky Converge 4 2
1998 When Forever Comes Crashing Converge 5 2
1999 The Poacher Diaries Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Converge 3.5 2
2001 Jane Doe Converge 5 1
2004 You Fail Me Converge 4.5 3
2006 No Heroes Converge 4 2
2009 Axe to Fall Converge 4.5 1
2012 All We Love We Leave Behind Converge 5 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Caring and Killing Converge 2
2003 Unloved and Weeded Out Converge 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Deathwish Live Series 02: Minneapolis, MN 09.21.05 Converge 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Among the Dead We Pray for Light Coalesce / Converge 1
1997 In These Black Days, Volume 2: A Tribute to Black Sabbath Brutal Truth / Converge 1
2009 Naughty Handsome Converge 1
2010 On My Shield Converge 1
2011 Runaway Converge 1
2012 Converge / Napalm Death Converge / Napalm Death 1
Downpour / Serial Killer 5" Converge 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Y2K Converge 1
2001 Deeper the Wound Converge / Hellchild 4 2
2009 Stutter Converge 1
2011 Converge / Dropdead Split Converge / Dropdead 1
2013 Pound For Pound: The Wolverine Blues Sessions Converge 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Live at the BBC Converge 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
EVR 'the album sampler' American Nightmare / Converge 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Halogen Converge 1

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