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It never ceases to amaze me how the things we initially dismiss, overlook, don't notice can become the most important and meaningful to us and our lives.

The first time I saw Converge was in 1996 with Deadguy, Coalesce and a number of other bands whose names are now lost to memory in a Legion Hall in a rundown part of Buffalo, NY. I'd like to say they changed my life that night ... Read more in Amazon's Converge Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: CBS
  • ASIN: B000HBK12E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,684,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Colin Grandfield on 18 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
This has been out for weeks and no-one has reviewed it? Sort it out.

As the much awaited new release from arguably the best hardcore band of all time, and the follow up to critically acclaimed 2004 masterpiece 2004 'You Fail Me', Converge's 'No Heroes' has much to live up to.

Risking cliché, this album does more than justice to its heritage. The sound has noticeably evolved, as the band now combine the punk-metal brutality of 'You Fail Me' with the 'Petitioning the Empty Sky' / 'When Forever Comes Crashing' era's dark, atmospheric artistry, and the band are as tight as they have ever been. One of the highlights is the way haunting, desolate soundscapes such as 'Weight of the Worlds' segue seamlessly into the 'Jane Doe'-esque speedy, chaotic thrash-outs, such as the title track 'No Heroes'. The epic nine-minute outing 'Grim Heart/Black Rose' is another highlight. Obviously though, this is not an album to have standout tracks, as it is more a cohesive body of work. A bleak, nerve-rending, joyous body of work.

As fans will know, Converge's artistry stretches beyond the music into the visual, and this is certainly the case with 'No Heroes'. The CD comes with a card sleeve featuring a dove in shadow silhouetted against the recurring 'sun' image, and this theme continues in the fold-out inlay. As always the artwork, designed entirely by vocalist Jacob Bannon, would be more than welcomed plastered all over my room (for which purpose I recommend the rereleased 'Petioning Forever' vinyl), and deserves far more recognition than it gets.

This then, is a must own for Converge fans, and indeed fans of all heavy music (properly heavy mind, none of your Trivium here).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Hinchy on 27 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been following Converge for quite some time now and I've always loved it when they add an atmospheric, brooding dark sound to the tracks; which they do so well. They did it superbly with a lot of Jane Doe and for a while I hailed it as their masterwork. Then recently I picked up this; and I have to say that it has quickly become my favourite Converge album. It's still got the energetic frantic frenzy signature sound, but it also has a lot of slower dark melodies that they play around with; overall though it's a brilliant mix of the two. Standout tracks for me are To the Lions, Plagues and possibly my favourite converge song Grim Heart / Black Rose; which even has a bit of singing for good measure. If you're into either Energetic Hardcore or Atmospheric Hardcore defiantly check this album out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M.G.Johns. on 10 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
im not a fan of most reviewers in magazines and in general. handing out high marks for any album that is listenable. so beleive me i do not give 5 star reviews often.(however converge being one of my favourite bands for years does make it slightly bias)

this is not jane doe, and this is not you fail me.

whereas jane doe was praised for being one of the greatest extreme cds ever, you fail me was criticised by many for being different. admitedly i dont think it was as good as jane doe but it was a complete different album. more stripped down hardcore.

but now for this cd.

anyone who has listened to converge for a while knows they dont like making 2 albums the same, and if jane doe to you fail me went from chaotic metal to basic hardcore its hard to explain quite where this has gone to.

i honestly cannot think of another cd that i could say it sounds anything like.

the high point for me is grim heart/black rose- a stunning epic and hauntinglly beautiful. complete different to anything they've done. guest singing and everything

i cant put into words how good this is

just buy it for the sake of saving yourself from the likes of standard hardcore ie.terror or trendy metalcore ie. bmth
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0 of 30 people found the following review helpful By daman bhamra on 28 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
...good, i suppose.

if extremely influenced by the style intent to ruin pioneered in the osterly underground scene of the nineties. particularly the drumming; the style of which is mostly credited to the horrible/strangulation influences of dee bhamra, dating back to the pre-eighties avant-garde edwardian percussion scene. people interested in this sound should check out the seminal intent to ruin, as well as the solo offerings of associate, the osterly strangler, and affiliate, john the band.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Like A Fist-Fight You Just Can't Escape 24 Oct 2006
By LeftManOut - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Converge have once again put together one of the best (if not the best) hardcore/metal albums that you're likely to hear all year. As one of the premier innovators of the new school metalcore movement, it's always great to see these guys back in action and doing what they do best, which is putting out incredible music. While some may think that Converge will never be able reach the summit they did with "Jane Doe" (after all it was one of the greatest records ever written), it's important that we are able to compare Converge's output to that of their peers and the music in today's current scene. And in that department there is no one who can even match up. With "No Heroes," the band has once again taken their place at the forefront of heavy music. And that's where they belong.

Most of the chaotic numbers on "No Heroes" are fairly short and to the point to begin with. "Heartache," "Hellbound" and "Sacrifice" are the trio which leads off the disc (their combined time is less than five minutes), and this onslaught does a nice job of preparing you for exactly what your ears are in store for during this listening experience. As with all Converge records, there are slow breaking points strung throughout the disc, in order to give you a chance to catch your breathe after the constant audio assault you are hearing. "No Heroes" first breaking point comes in the form of "Weight Of The World", a driving instrumental which seems more like a bridge into the next song, the mind-numbing title track, than needless filler. After this point in the record, things begin to change a bit. Song lengths begin to increase, riffs begin to get even more technical, and Bannon's vocals become even more key to the atmosphere and shape of the music. The cornerstone of the entire album would have to be the 9 minute epic "Grimm Heart / Black Rose" which is placed right in the middle of the track order. It is songs like this which solidify Converge as the supreme heavyweight in this type of music. Very few bands are able to construct lengthy songs of this sort, and also make them interesting and engaging. Jacob's clean singing, along with Kurt's extraordinary guitar work make this the album's must-listen track. Oh and don't be distraught, because as soon as you're done with the journey of "Grimm Heart / Black Rose," you'll be plunged face first back into the bludgeoning "Orphaned."

Musically Converge are still innovators. While they haven't strayed too far from their expected style of play, I can't remember listening to a moment of this record thinking, "yea, I've heard that before." Because trust me, you haven't. Jacob Bannon's fierce, distorted vocals do all they can to pound the listener into submission, and the few moments where he slips into the "punk-rock" shout he used on the last record, or the abstract melody, you gain even more appreciation for his craft. Kurt Ballou just might be the best guitarist to come out of this whole metal/hardcore hybrid that has been growing for years now (Dave Knudson of Botch fame is the only person I can think of who would be notable competition) and the maniacal, slinging riffs that he pulls out on tracks like "Versus" and "Trophy Scars" are a further testament to his abilities. Ben Koller is nothing short of a monster on the drums, whether he's going full force and tearing his kit apart as seen on "Hellbound," "Sacrifice" and "Bare My Teeth," or just accenting the mood in numbers like the aforementioned "Trophy Scars" and "Grimm Heart / Black Rose." Nate Newton, while not at the forefront of the music, has always had an important role in the band's sound, and it's impressive enough that he's able to keep up with most of the music, let alone write great bass lines behind it (which if you listen to more experimental tracks, he does).

I'm not surprised in the least how good "No Heroes" turned out to be. I have never once been disappointed when I put in anything with Converge's name on it. While it didn't hit me with its magic during the initial spin, "No Heroes" eventually unveiled itself as the outstanding record I knew it was going to be. As you can expect with any Converge album, there's plenty of diversity, chaos, amazing drumming and riffs, tortured vocals, and intense moments to go around. If you are into Converge, you will not be disappointed with "No Heroes." This is already shaping up to be the best record of 2006. Period.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
kings of the underground 2 Nov 2006
By Aquarius Records - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Metalcore is sort of a dirty word these days it seems; conjuring up images of Warped Tours and Hot Topic's. All the short haired emo guys are now playing brutal-tech-death metal while the dirty long haired metalhead guys are slowing it down, making all kinds of epic post rock and convoluted math rock. What gives? Converge continue to blaze their own path and break down the boundaries between hardcore and metal, while incorporating bits of noise and other weird sounds, the REAL crossover.

Converge were sort of always the hardcore black sheep, too noisy, too metal, not punk enough. Going on 15 years now, Converge have been the kings of the underground, subtly or not so subtly influencing all the metalcore outfits that have gone on to be HUGE. It's time for the world to recognize that Converge have been making some of the most progressive, and beautifully f-cked up metallic punk rock music of the last two decades.

No Heroes falls sonically somewhere between the all time metalcore milestone Jane Doe and their more recent, but equally as punishing and original You Fail Me. The pace is furious, hovering around warp speed most of the time, but these guys are masters, and amidst the cacophonous, chaotic din lurk all sorts of sonic surprises, tone of space and atmosphere, discordant, jagged, chunky, choppy riffs, incredibly complex rhythms, as well as hooks galore, all masterfully whipped into a glorious metalcore frenzy.

Highly recommended.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Just friggin' amazing 14 Nov 2006
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What can be said about Converge? Rather, what's left to be said? Since they debuted in 1994, nobody has been able to match this Massachusetts' quintet's jaw-dropping intensity, scalding energy, raw urgency, innovative songwriting, godly musicianship, and brain-scrambling technicality. So why should things be any different now? "No Heroes," their sixth record, is flat-out amazing. Although it recaptures much of the same intensity as before, it by no means tries to rehash past glories. Instead, this album takes everything that was great about the band before and simultaneously expands their dynamic range by adding...get this...texture and even a little harmony! Shocked? I know I am!

That's not to say, however, that the vast majority "No Heroes" isn't a massive, brutally devastating trainwreck. In fact, some of it might be Converge's most ferocious stuff to date. Frenetic, belligerent riffing, hammering, rapid-fire drums, rigid bass lines, and rabid, atonal screams constantly run amuck, and the listener is engulfed in wave after wave of furious, visceral aggression. Converge's musical abilities are astounding, but it's even more impressive that they never sound like a product of studio perfection -- every song here is brimming with live energy and genuine urgency.

Since it would take days to cover all of the album's meticulous details, nuances, and nooks and crannies, I'll limit myself to describing only the biggest highlights. The Crowbar-reminiscent "Heartache," which has a pounding beat, menacing feedback, and doomy, earth-shaking riffs, is a strong set opener. Later, "Sacrifice" is a very caustic number with guitar leads that grumble like a lawn mower engine, remarkably fast, driving blast beats, and piercing, hellish shrieks; "Vengeance" is propelled by streamlined, smoke-inducing buzzsaw guitars and deft, walloping drums; and the title track is an explosive, ear-splitting, take-no-prisoners onslaught with notable bass work.

"Grim Heart/Black Rose" is quite possibly the best and most infectious and memorable epic Converge have ever written. The slow acoustic strums at the beginning are ethereal, and frontman Jacob Bannon's sweet, limpid, sometimes soaring vocals are positively mindblowing. The first two-thirds of this song is gentle and restrained, with a wealth of texture, sunny melody, and unbelievable harmony, but the electric power chords storm back onto the scene around six minutes in, and they eventually erupt into a full metallic fury near the end.

After such raging slabs of chaotic dissonance as 2004's "You Fail Me" and 2001's "Jane Doe," it seemed Converge were going to be about the last band on earth to consider experimenting with semi-pleasant or agreeable sounds. But they did, and the results are stunning. And even though a math/noise/hardcore album with a touch of melody wasn't totally unheard of before now (see Dillinger Escape Plan's "Miss Machine" and Norma Jean's "Redeemer" for proof), "No Heroes" still sounds unique and novel. But then again, this is one of the smartest and most inventive and amazing bands of the last fifteen years, so we should probably never underestimate what they're capable of. "No Heroes" is an utterly brilliant, masterful, vigorous, engrossing thrill ride from start to finish. Now the question is: how in the world are they ever going to top this one?!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
At This Point if it's Converge, it's Awesome 25 Mar 2007
By Svengoboom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard that a new Converge album was soon to be released I expected it to be really good. I was wrong I should now only expect Converge albums to be simply awesome.

Previous to this record I had heard some or all of their albums and really liked everything that I heard. I had filed Converge away in my mind as one of those bands, (among many), that I would at least eventually purchase all of their albums if not all of their other material as well. When this album came out I decided that now was as good a time as any to start purchasing some Converge albums. After listening to the album several times I've come to the conclusion that these guys are simply among the elite bands in hardcore/metal/extreme music.

This album is of course full of aggression like most music of this type but this is an artistic aggression. The anger seems to be never there just for the sake of having an angry album, the anger seems to be there to propel the music and the listener to a positive place. This is very evident when reading over the lyrics which you will have to because you're not going to easily understand them even after several listens.

The musicianship is of course excellent with something to like whether you want your extreme music straight ahead hardcore or are more of a metalhead.

I'm not going to do a track by track analysis because first, I think that makes for a pretty dry review and second, this album just begs to be listened to all the way through. That's not to say that this album is perfect as there are a couple of moments where the record does stutter a bit in its flow but these are so infrequent that they almost don't deserve mention.

Finally, these guys just ooze reality there doesn't seem to be much of anything fake about them. In that regard they remind of another great band, Fugazi. So, needless to say I'm buying the rest of their albums as soon as I can and I certainly recommend that you do the same.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Crack for your ears 20 Dec 2006
By Matthew J. Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I used to shrug when I heard Converge. "Meh."

Somehow, I bought Jane Doe and gave it a listen. Listening to that album it finally clicked... there are more technical bands and (maybe) more noisy bands, but from an artistic perspective there is no one who comes close to Converge. Converge is phenomenal. If you don't get it, well you don't get it, but when you do, you can't get enough.

Building on their last two phenomenal albums, No Heroes quickly cuts to the chase: dissonant, minor key thrashing (ala ultra distorted guitar and bass), tom fills, and Bannon's insane panther snarl (no one else sings like that) are delivered at a hyper-pace. Kurt's production is glistening... his hopped up Rickenbacker rips chords and chunky harmonics in a way that sounds more like Hendrix than a typical metal "shred". The drums are destructive and quick and the bass grinds along well.

Further into the album, the songs stretch out... a fugue-like progression of guitars on "Plagues", the actual half sung "Lonewolves" (which features a snaky guitar and tom tom hook).

A few guest vocals round out several tracks, but after 40 minutes, you actually find yourself wanting more (a problem with Converge)... this is the kind of music that holds your ears hostage.

All of these items make the band more than the sum of it's parts... like the best bands. Unlike "metal" acts, where the music doesn't really "hook" together, Converge's ungodly punk-metal actually ties everything together. You won't find silly double bass rolls over goofy shredding. This is honest and... dare I say, "soulful" music. They've been in the game so long that their style makes it's way into lots of other bands (DEP, for example).

While not as "progressive" as Jane Doe or You Fail Me, it is still good enough to rank up there with Mastodon's Blood Mountain, in terms of records this year.

Not many bands are together for 14+ years and still retain aggression and skill, like fine wine Converge only gets better.

Congratulations on another good album... now make another one!
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