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
004 Converge Petitioning The Empty Sky (Album) Ferret Music 004 US 1996 Sell This Version
EVR41 Converge When Forever Comes Crashing (Album) Equal Vision Records EVR41 US 1998 Sell This Version
RR 6409-2 Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Converge Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Converge - The Poacher Diaries Relapse Records RR 6409-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
DW01 Converge / Hellchild Converge / Hellchild - Deeper The Wound Deathwish Inc. DW01 US 2001 Sell This Version
EVR61, EVR 61 Converge Jane Doe (Album) Equal Vision Records, Equal Vision Records EVR61, EVR 61 US 2001 Sell This Version
DW39.1 Converge You Fail Me (Album) Epitaph DW39.1 US 2004 Sell This Version
DW57.1 Converge No Heroes (Album) Epitaph DW57.1 US 2006 Sell This Version
E87035-2, Converge Axe To Fall (Album) Epitaph E87035-2, Australia 2009 Sell This Version
none Converge All We Love We Leave Behind (Album) Epitaph none 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

F.A.R. 2 Converge Converge(7") Foundation America Records F.A.R. 2 US 1992 Sell This Version
none Converge Unloved And Weeded Out Heliotrope none US 1995 Sell This Version
HR 17 Overcast (3) / Converge Overcast (3) / Converge - Twin Terror(7", EP) Hearsay Records HR 17 US 1995 Sell This Version
3 Converge Petitioning The Empty Sky(7", EP) Ferret Music 3 US 1996 Sell This Version
edison 006.5, LIFE 003 Coalesce / Converge Coalesce / Converge - Among The Dead We Pray For Light (A Split Seven Inch) Edison Recordings, Life Records (7) edison 006.5, LIFE 003 US 1997 Sell This Version
HH666-13 Brutal Truth / Converge Brutal Truth / Converge - In These Black Days, Volume 2: A Tribute To Black Sabbath Hydra Head Records HH666-13 US 1997 Sell This Version
No. 03 Converge Downpour/Serial Killer (Single) Ellington Records No. 03 US 1997 Sell This Version
EVR-Y2K Converge Y2K(7", Ltd, Cle) Equal Vision Records EVR-Y2K US 1999 Sell This Version
CONCULT01 Converge On My Shield (EP) Not On Label (Converge Self-released) CONCULT01 US 2010 Sell This Version
CONCULT002DS Converge / Dropdead Converge / Dropdead - Converge / Dropdead (EP) Not On Label (Converge Self-released), Not On Label (Dropdead Self-released) CONCULT002DS US 2011 Sell This Version
CONCULT003DS Converge / Napalm Death Converge / Napalm Death - Split (EP) Not On Label (Converge Self-released), Not On Label (Napalm Death Self-released) CONCULT003DS US 2012 Sell This Version
none Converge Pound For Pound: The Wolverine Blues Sessions (EP) Not On Label (Converge Self-released) none US 2013
DW157 Converge Live At The BBC (EP) Deathwish Inc., Deathwish Inc. DW157 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
1054383X Converge Live at the BBC(7") Deathwish Inc. 1054383X US 2014 Sell This Version


LF 194/CD Converge Caring And Killing (Comp, Album) Lost And Found Records LF 194/CD Europe 1995 Sell This Version

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May 12, 2006
edited over 10 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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