Converge
No Heroes


4.5
superb

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
October 26th, 2006 | 1067 replies | 69,443 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you don't like Converge, I hope you're OK with holding your wedding in New Hampshire

11 of 16 thought this review was well written

“No more heroes / no more / no more / in my world of enemies / I walk alone “. And so with their new record “No Heroes”, metalcore legends Converge once again prove they are the most intense motherfuckers on the block. To understand part of the intrigue of Converge, number one you have to understand the presence this band has. Let’s just say as a live show, their concerts have been known to be most similar to a contained riot. At Converge shows people have had bass guitars smashed against their heads, had entire crowds fallen on them, and had lead singer Jacob Bannon grab them by the shirt and throw them off stage, and that’s all just in one show. Calling Converge the most intense live act is widely considered a very accurate declaration. The next important factor to Converge’s success is the ridiculous technicality in the band's music. Every member of Converge is a master of their instrument, and considering there are only three instrument playing members in the band, the amount of sound this group generates is unfathomable. Kurt Ballou is one of the most inventive and skilled guitarists in the realm of extreme music today, bassist Nate Newton’s tone basically fills in the role of both a rhythm guitarist and bassist, and drummer Ben Koller is one of the most talented and inventive drummers I’ve ever heard. Finishing off the trio of musicality is lead singer Jacob Bannon, who basically sounds like hell coming out of a man’s mouth. Finally, the last piece to the Converge success puzzle is the ultimate "fuck you" that the lyrical content provides. With lines like, “You are nothing more than a dim lit whore,” and, “Death to cowards, traitors, and empty words,” this band isn’t a group of guys you want to cross in a bad way. So basically you combine all three of those aspects, add some new ideas on thrash metal that have been picked up since Converge’s last release “You Fail Me” and spearhead those four aspects with their history and you’ve got what is in my opinion one of Converge’s finest records, and one of the finest records of the year 2006.

“No Heroes” doesn’t start off with any shit interlude like Converge’s last endeavor; no, we get four straight punches in the face. All four of these tracks are less than two minutes, and have more tempo changes in them than the entire Mars Volta discography. The songs are typical Converge affair, but rolled in with a few thrash metal spices to give the band a new even more aggressive taste. While the “soundscapes” that were behind the songs on “Jane Doe” are no longer present, this band still knows how to fuck up some hearing aids. Worth noting is the track “Weight of the World” which could easily be confused as a counterpart to “You Fail Me"'s intro “First Light”. After the “Broken Vow”-esque “No Heroes” and sludgy “Plagues” we are treated to what many will consider the albums highlight: “Grim Heart/Black Rose”. Featuring guest vocals from Only Living Witness’ Jonah Jenkins, “Grim Heart” is in essence an epic metalcore song that builds up to post-rock delights. While Converge already demonstrated their ability to create sprawling epic tracks with the closer of “Jane Doe”, “Grim Heart” is a completely different monster based more in the styling of epic crescendos (GYBE) than the effect-ridden finale (Sigur Ros). Following “Grim Heart” we have the emo-sounding “Orphaned” and the melodic hardcore “Lonewolves"; basically Converge is showing us they can kick your ass in whatever genre they want. The album has a late highlight with the chant-ready “Trophy Scars”, which is one of Converge’s best songs in their entire discography. Finally, the album concludes with the fade out of “To The Lions” which, while anti-climactic, is still a worthy ending to an excellent album.

So, I’ve been raving about Converge for awhile now but this album isn’t a 5/5, so what’s the problem? Well in all actuality there are really no bad tracks on this album. From the fifty-eight second burn of "Vengeance" to the nearly ten minute “Grim Heart/Black Rose”, “No Heroes” is completely successful in delivering a great array of extremely heavy music. Wherein then lies the problem with “No Heroes”? Well, it’s essentially in the ordering. Since the most enjoyable tracks are all laid in the front of the album, it almost seems at times like the album isn’t worth fully listening too. Had the album been structured with more a mixture of sounds in various spots, it would in my opinion be perfect. Really, nothing can be criticized besides the order on this album. Bannon’s lyrics are at top shape as always, the band has taken their loved sound and experimented with it enough to keep it fresh, and most of all like every great Converge record it just completely fucking wrecks your notion of what the peak of intense music should be



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zmev
October 26th 2006



983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Better than You Fail Me but not compared to Jane Doe. Good review

Syncratic
October 26th 2006



756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Loving the summary.

I gotta hear this.

Zesty Mordant
October 26th 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what? this is out now? man I gotta go get this.
When I saw them live last month they played a few of the new tracks which I think were the first four and they were all punishing.
Great review.

iamrockzorz
October 26th 2006



1028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard nothing but good about this band, and i have Jane Doe. But for some reason, I really can not get into this band. I love the music, but when the vocals come in, it seems so dry and distant and monotonous, it turns me off completely.

pixiesfanyo
October 26th 2006



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah, so you like doods?

iamrockzorz
October 26th 2006



1028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No, not really. i just don't like his voice.

i love the bands energy live, i love the riffs, i love the song structure, but what makes his voice special at all.

cbmartinez
October 26th 2006



2525 Comments


Gah, I need this! It got released a week early and I still don't have it, shameful.

pixiesfanyo
October 26th 2006



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey uh. # 12. name another singer that sounds like Bannon.

Yeah, that's what makes him special.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 26th 2006



4925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I think this CD is right up there with Jane Doe. It's sooooo good. 4+ rating

SubtleDagger
October 26th 2006



737 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh hey you like Converge aside from the singing because all you hear is RAAA RAA

Welcome to every annoying Converge listener's crappy opinion UGH

ToWhatEnd
October 26th 2006



3172 Comments


Easily the most overrated band in metalcore, sorry. More details coming soon as I plan on reviewing Jane Doe so look for that in about a week.

On the other hand great review. While the crowd for the band was weak when I saw them, I have seen the show on youtube you discuss and it was just ridiculous. Might check this out as while the group is overrated they are far from bad. So please, don't start commenting like how can you say that. Actually go right ahead and do so but I won't answer those questions until my review.

[quote=review]they are the most intense motherfuckers on the block.[/quote] AGREED.

pixiesfanyo
October 26th 2006



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wait.

I just don't understand how you agree wiht me saying they are the most intense band ever.

But they are overrated.

iamrockzorz
October 26th 2006



1028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry i misstated that, i didn't mean that he wasn't special, thats what turns me off of him. I mean, when i first got jane doe i loved it. The experience was completly mesmerizing. But lately, i just seem like its harder for me to get into them. I probably just don't give them enough of my time, ill have to check this out and see my thoughts on it. Im in no way bashing them though

iamrockzorz
October 26th 2006



1028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review by the way.
ive been checking this out on their myspace but everytime it gets past the first song it buffers the second one and never goes on to play it.
i like what ive heard so far, but i cant be sure yet

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2006



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review. Easily my second favorite Converge album already; "Trophy Scars", "Grim Heart/Black Rose", and the first four tracks are all sublimely awesome. One of the best albums of the year, hands down.

AlienEater
October 27th 2006



716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Converge are awesome.

godLike
October 27th 2006



126 Comments


The drums in Vengeance are insane!This Message Edited On 11.07.06

Txus
October 27th 2006



75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review. I looove this album so much, it doesn't touch Jane Doe but much better than the rest of releases which I dearly love.

mx
Moderator
October 27th 2006



733 Comments


New Hampshire?

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2006



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Gay weddings are allowed there etc etc. You should be able to get the implication from there.



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