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2012: A melodic year in metal

For me, this year was about the riff .

By JONAH LIVINGSTON  |  December 21, 2012
Music: Converge

Converge go back to basics

For most Bostonians of a certain age, Converge's Jane Doe (2001) is always going to be "that" record. But sentimentality aside, the metal/hardcore quartet's latest, All We Love We Leave Behind — out Tuesday on Epitaph — bangs right up against it.

By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 05, 2012

An unstoppable force

Appreciation of Converge is one of those things that comes after you stop trying too hard, like driving stick without stalling at the red lights.
This time is (once again) right for Converge
By MATT PARISH  |  October 16, 2009

Singles scene

It’s old news: this series of tubes they call the Internet has revolutionized the way music is distributed.
Local bands dig in with digital
By WILL SPITZ  |  September 12, 2007

Harmonic insurgents

A mile away from the hockey-rink boom of the current metal moment, the user-friendly riffs and breastbeating melodies, these dudes demand their own definitions. Converge, "No Heroes" (mp3)
The graphic intensity of Converge
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 01, 2006

Sounds of the underground

In the midst of recording the next Converge album, No Heroes , Kurt Ballou spoke to about the art of engineering some of the world’s heaviest music.
Behind the boards with Converge’s Kurt Ballou
By JULIA KAGANSKIY  |  September 15, 2006


Panic!'s producer

BU grad and Boston rock vet Matt Squire gave up the guitar for the producer’s chair – and now he’s got his name (and even a songwriting credit) on the hottest Top-40 emo album in America.
Matt Squire and the rebirth of emo
By JULIA KAGANSKIY  |  September 01, 2006

Boston music news, February 17, 2006

Converge are currently writing material for the follow-up to 2004’s You Fail Me (Epitaph) .
Notes on Coverge, Doomriders, Dear Lover, and Zox, plus: remembering the Real Kids' Allen "Alpo" Paulino.
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  February 14, 2006

Last days of New Alliance

Wandering around the Fenway’s soon-to-be-demolished RFT building feels like spelunking through the bowels of Boston’s hard-rock scene.
The nerve center of Boston’s rock scene for the past 19 years is packing up and moving across the river  
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  January 19, 2006

Boston Music News for the week of January 20, 2006

Hardcore screamers the HOPE CONSPIRACY have been through some changes over the years, but they’ve reassembled a who’s-who of the band’s past incarnations to record a new album with Converge’s KURT BALLOU at his Godcity Recording Studio.
Notes on Hope Conspiracy, Stoodio53, and Carter Tanton
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  January 18, 2006