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Converge - No Heroes

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CONVERGE - No Heroes

This Halloween, just like any other, many people go out looking for something that'll scare them. They search for something that rattle their bones, haunt their dreams, and leave a lasting impression on their senses. While most people will look for this sensation in the wrong places, such as going to cheesy haunted houses or wasting eight bucks on Saw III, I am here to point you towards something that is truly horrific, brutal and unforgiving. This “something” is nothing but Converge’s latest hardcore offering, the ruthless No Heroes. The longtime Boston outfit – vocalist/madman Jake Bannon, guitarist Kurt Ballou, bassist Nate Newton, and drummer Ben Koller – are back to old habits here, as fans who were disappointed by 2004’s You Fail Me will be happy to notice somewhat of a return back to the style of Petitioning The Empty Sky and When Forever Comes Crashing. Produced by Ballou and guided by Bannon’s artistic vision and meditative lyrics, No Heroes is here to take no prisoners.

With the first 5 tracks (“Heartache,” “Hellbound,” “Sacrifice,” “Vengeance,” and “Weight Of The World”) all clocking in underneath two minutes, you get hit with more than a quarter of the tracks in less than 10 minutes, but you get hit hard. The pacing and dynamics of each track leave you breathless and lead you in perfectly to the title track, which piledrives you so much, you’ll be left with whiplash. “Plagues” is a dark, twisting display of viciousness, as it lingers and screeches for around two minutes until Bannon’s shredding vocals appear. Jane Doe fans will appreciate the 9 minute opus titled “Grim Heart/Black Rose,” which features guest vocals from Only Living Witness’ Jonah Jenkins and includes some actual singing from Bannon. This song goes to show that breakneck speed and crazy tempo changes do not define heaviness. Around the six minute mark, the song quiets down and builds back up with menacing guitars, exceptional drumming, and Bannon’s characteristic howl. The speed is back on the destructive “Orphaned,” while “Lonewolves” reminds me a bit of These Arms Are Snakes. “Versus” is a horrifying beatdown of a track, while “Bare My Teeth” is a display of Bannon seemingly wanting to annihilate his vocal chords. “Trophy Scars” is another song that features Bannon shouting his lyrics rather than abusing them. The track clocks in at nearly five minutes and is equally beautiful as it is destructive. The final track, “To The Wolves,” has no mercy on your soul, as Converge leaves it all out on the table. It thrashes and crushes throughout and leaves the lasting remembrance of how violent the music of Converge is.

No Heroes is a message to the rest of the hardcore game to pick it up, the bar has been risen once again. Converge may never top the greatness of Jane Doe, but what other band out there can? No Heroes is no slouch and is the best heavy release of 2006. While to most it may just sound like noise, the band paid attention to every detail on this album, everything is vigilantly crafted and deliberate. In the end, Converge are still the rulers of the hardcore realm and No Heroes will leave you with much more of a shock and lasting power than any cheap thrill you may come across for the rest of the fall.
Additional InformationTracklisting:
1. Heartache
2. Hellbound
3. Sacrifice
4. Vengeance
5. Weight Of The World
6. No Heroes
7. Plagues
8. Grim Heart/Black Rose
9. Orphaned
10. Lonewolves
11. Versus
12. Trophy Scars
13. Bare My Teeth
14. To The Wolves
Produced by: Kurt Ballou

Release Date: October 24, 2006
Record Label: Epitaph
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04:07 PM on 10/24/06
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Good review. This album is amazing. Thanks Drew. I'm a huge fan of the track No Heroes. It's not as good as Jane Doe, but still really good.
04:11 PM on 10/24/06
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good review drew. hit it right on the head
04:12 PM on 10/24/06
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Good review. This album is amazing. Thanks Drew. I'm a huge fan of the track No Heroes. It's not as good as Jane Doe, but still really good.
Yeah, I don't think anything can really top Jane Doe, but that is not to take away from the gloriousness of this album.
good review drew. hit it right on the head

Thanks buddy!
04:14 PM on 10/24/06
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no problem, cheif
04:25 PM on 10/24/06
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by the way, I thought lonewolves sounded like these arms are snakes too, I'm glad I'm not the only one.
04:48 PM on 10/24/06
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Good Review. Great Album.
04:50 PM on 10/24/06
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Great review, trophy scars is my favorite track...
05:14 PM on 10/24/06
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Can someone please explain the appeal of Converge to me? I have tried to like them, so I can "fit in", and I can't. They play fast drums like everyone else. They shred guitars like everyone else. I cannot distinguish the singers voice from either the voices of every other hardcore band or from the sound I heard that time I slammed my cat's tail in the car door. Seriously. I don't get it. These guys are revered around here, and I don't think I'll ever get it.

Converge took me some time to get into. When a friend gave me Jane Doe when it was first released, I was like "I can't even understand this guy". But then I saw them live and was blown away. INCREDIBLE live band. It helped me understand the albums. The drums are amazing, the guitars are so raw and dirty, and the production is always incredible. I guess the reason I like Converge is because they are super real in the music they play, showing the dark raw side of things, instead of putting out an image.
05:30 PM on 10/24/06
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probably my favorite cd of the year. great review, eh.
05:48 PM on 10/24/06
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this is a really good cd, but two comments:

the second guitarist is SORELY missed...this does not sound nearly as heavy as their other releases

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the nine minute song is awful
06:03 PM on 10/24/06
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Yeah, I don't think anything can really top Jane Doe, but that is not to take away from the gloriousness of this album.


Thanks buddy!
It's funny that you say nothing can top Jane Doe. I don't know if I disagree or not but any Converge fan I have ever spoken to actually say they absolutely despise Jane Doe and say it is one of the worst albums they have ever heard. When I started posting on this page, I felt like all the kids loved this album. I am indifferent, anything Converge puts out will be amazing.
06:05 PM on 10/24/06
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Petitioning and Forever are just unrelenting albums, so fucking good. I have to admit was I think that You Fail Me was fuckign incredible as well. Great review Drew, really well written. Makes me even more stoked to hear this record.
06:07 PM on 10/24/06
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Can someone please explain the appeal of Converge to me? I have tried to like them, so I can "fit in", and I can't. They play fast drums like everyone else. They shred guitars like everyone else. I cannot distinguish the singers voice from either the voices of every other hardcore band or from the sound I heard that time I slammed my cat's tail in the car door. Seriously. I don't get it. These guys are revered around here, and I don't think I'll ever get it.
It's okay a lot of people don't. It's just destructive music and there is something absolutely beautiful in it. It's something you can't explain and trying to is a waste of time. You either get it or you don't.
06:09 PM on 10/24/06
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Converge took me some time to get into. When a friend gave me Jane Doe when it was first released, I was like "I can't even understand this guy". But then I saw them live and was blown away. INCREDIBLE live band. It helped me understand the albums. The drums are amazing, the guitars are so raw and dirty, and the production is always incredible. I guess the reason I like Converge is because they are super real in the music they play, showing the dark raw side of things, instead of putting out an image.
You said it pretty well. Nate Newton, the drummer of Converge, has his other band Doomriders which is tight as hell dude. So good, he has a deep ass motherfucking yell and it rules so much. The best way to describe Doomriders is honestly a Converge and Led Zeppelin mix up, it's crazy.

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