Incredibly prolific punk-metal road dogs. Converge were formed in 1990 and after several singles and the requisite growing pains, released their first full-length, Halo in a Haystack, in 1994. By 2000, with the release of their fourth full-length, Jane Doe, Converge were regarded as one of the most original and innovative bands to emerge from the punk underground. A quartet consisting of Jacob Bannon, Kurt Ballou, Nate Newton and Ben Koller 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). Trudging along, the band 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.

Current Line-up:-

Jacob Bannon (Vocals, Lyrics, Visuals)
Kurt Ballou (Guitar, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Theremin)
Nate Newton (Bass Guitar, Vocals)
Ben Koller (Drums)

Former Members:-

Jeff Feinberg (Guitar, Bass: 1991-1997)
Aaron Dalbec (Guitar: 1994-2001)
Damon Bellorado (Drums: 1991-1999)
John Digiorgio (Drums: 1999)
Erik Ralston (Bass: 1993)
Stephen Brodsky (Bass: 1997-1998)

Converge Discography


001, none Converge Halo In A Haystack(LP, Album) Earthmaker Records, Stolnacke Records 001, none US 1994 Sell This Version
Converge Petitioning The Empty Sky (Album) Ferret Music US 1996 Sell This Version
Converge When Forever Comes Crashing (Album) Equal Vision Records US 1998 Sell This Version
Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Converge Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Converge - The Poacher Diaries (Album) Relapse Records US 1999 Sell This Version
Converge / Hellchild Converge / Hellchild - Deeper The Wound Deathwish US 2001 Sell This Version
Converge Jane Doe (Album) Equal Vision Records, Equal Vision Records US 2001 Sell This Version
Converge You Fail Me (Album) Epitaph Netherlands 2004 Sell This Version
DWLIVE02 Converge Minneapolis, MN 09.21.05(14xFile, MP3, 128) Deathwish DWLIVE02 US 2005
Converge No Heroes (Album) Epitaph Japan 2006 Sell This Version
Converge Axe To Fall (Album) Epitaph Japan 2009 Sell This Version
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind (Album) Epitaph 2012 Sell This Version
Converge Jane Live (Album) Not On Label (Converge Self-released) US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

F.A.R. 2 Converge Converge(7") Foundation America Records F.A.R. 2 US 1992 Sell This Version
Converge Unloved And Weeded Out Heliotrope US 1995 Sell This Version
Converge Petitioning The Empty Sky (EP) Ferret Music US 1996 Sell This Version
Coalesce / Converge Coalesce / Converge - Among The Dead We Pray For Light (A Split Seven Inch) Edison Recordings, Life Records (7) US 1997 Sell This Version
Brutal Truth / Converge Brutal Truth / Converge - In These Black Days, Volume 2: A Tribute To Black Sabbath Hydra Head Records US 1997 Sell This Version
Converge Downpour/Serial Killer (Single) Ellington Records US 1997 Sell This Version
EVR-Y2K Converge Y2K(7", Ltd, Cle) Equal Vision Records EVR-Y2K US 1999 Sell This Version
Converge On My Shield (EP) Not On Label (Converge Self-released) US 2010 Sell This Version
Converge / Dropdead Converge / Dropdead - Converge / Dropdead (EP) Not On Label (Converge Self-released), Not On Label (Dropdead Self-released) US 2011 Sell This Version
Converge / Napalm Death Converge / Napalm Death - Split (EP) Not On Label (Converge Self-released), Not On Label (Napalm Death Self-released) US 2012 Sell This Version
Converge Pound For Pound: The Wolverine Blues Sessions (EP) Not On Label (Converge Self-released) US 2013
Converge Live At The BBC (EP) Deathwish, Deathwish Europe 2014 Sell This Version


Converge Caring And Killing (Comp, Album) Lost And Found Records Europe 1995 Sell This Version

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May 12, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
Once it was told that new generation of kids see bands like Converge as more extreme than either Deicide or Morbid and i would agree with this idea. While Converge may not be dealing with satanism and blasphemies in their lyrics, there are plenty of things about them that might make unprepared listener weak in his/her knees. For one - there's an unhuman shriek/hushed voice provided by Nate Newton, nothing that I ever heard anywhere else (well, maybe their colleagues Today Is The Day come quite close). Then there are pummeling guitar sounds and excellent drumwork all of which put together create bleak picture of life full of failed relationships, misery, desperation and god knows what else. Converge are experienced road warriors and it doesn't matter in the end that they don't have any platinum or well-selling discs - in my book they are one of the best bands to come out of the 90s so far.

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