Converge is a band from Massachusetts. The band's music and influences are a blend of extreme metal and hardcore punk, and they are also considered a mathcore band. In contrast to bands of these genres, whose lyrics tend to deal either with the occult on the one hand, or the political on the other, Converge's lyrics deal almost exclusively with the pain resulting from romantic love of a man for a woman gone awry; however, as is usual for the genre, these lyrics are often completely indiscernible, and must be read from lyric sheets.
In recent years Converge have enjoyed relatively high levels of popularity given the extreme nature of their music, particularly the screamed vocals and often complicated brutality of the guitar riffs. Their records have become concomittently more expensively and extensively produced, and they have moved from the independent hardcore label Equal Vision Records to the much larger, although still independent, punk label Epitaph.
Converge's singer, Jacob Bannon, and other members of the line-up at various times, are straight-edge, though the band is not a straight-edge band.
- Gravel (demo) (1991)
- Converge (1991)
- Dog Days (1993)
- Where all the Flowers Have Gone (1992)
- Halo in a Haystack (1994)
- Unloved and Weeded Out (1995)
- Caring and Killing (1995)
- Petitioning the Empty Sky (1996)
- When Forever Comes Crashing (1998)
- The Poacher Diaries (split CD with Agoraphobic Nosebleed) (1999)
- Jane Doe (2001)
- Unloved And Weeded Out (2003)
- You Fail Me (2004)
- Petitioning the Empty Sky (re-issue) (2005)
- When Forever Comes Crashing (re-issue) (2005)