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Converge duck all the rules of hardcore and heavy metal and out of a loophole comes a new beginning. These guys live on a sonic continent near the street screech of Candiria and the fluttering high-speed precision of Dillinger Escape Plan, sounding something like Slayer backed by armies of curb-cracking skateboarders instead of hell's minions. Their uptempo doom is shaded with downbeat indie-rock tones instead of infernal majesty, and there's even a hint of British-style shoe gazing on the slow five or six seconds of this CD. Mostly what you get from this 10-year anniversary release is a frightening debacle of giant objects hurtling over your head, while impassioned but utterly distorted vocals fend off certain destruction with little pleas for humanity. It's an unpredictable and elegant triumph, softened to offer catharsis rather than total brutal assault. --Ian Christe

1. Concubine
2. Fault And Fracture
3. Distance And Meaning
4. Hell To Pay
5. Homewrecker
6. The Broken Vow
7. Bitter And Then Some
8. Heaven In Her Arms
9. Phoenix In Flight
10. Phoenix In Flames
11. Thaw
12. Jane Doe

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Equal Vision Records
  • ASIN: B00005NGZX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Converge has found their sound, and it's in Jane Doe.
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I honestly don't know what it is about converge that I like so much, but I love everything that I've heard from them.
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The drums are fast and brutal, guitar work is amazing, and Jacob Bannon's vocals are absolutely incredible.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on September 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Over the next few years, "Jane Doe" may well come to be looked upon as one of those albums that change the way people look at music. Although Converge lean more toward the hardcore side of the heavy-music equation than such bands as Meshuggah, the Dillinger Escape Plan, and Soilent Green, their essential mission is the same. Like their metal counterparts mentioned above, Converge fuse mammoth heaviness with uncharacteristic levels of intelligence and musicianship, churning out jarring song structures and mutating time signatures without abandoning the aggression at the core of their genre.
On "Jane Doe," their most recent album, Converge demonstrate songwriting and instrumental chops that blow away almost anything I've heard in any genre, period. "Heaven In Her Arms" is doubtless one of the most maniacal compositions in the history of popular music, and tunes like "Concubine," "Fault And Fracture," and "Homewrecker" aren't far behind. Jacob Bannon's harsh, unintelligible shrieks may take some getting used to, but their raw power and visceral impact are undeniable. Besides, they perfectly match the music, which is nothing short of astonishing. The guitars manage to find a completely harmonious balance of math-metal heaviness and hardcore brutality, and Ben Koller's drumming is positively sick.
Remarkably, when the band slows things down, it's every bit as effective as the heavy stuff. Songs like "Distance And Meaning," "Hell To Pay," and "Phoenix In Flight" substitute a doomy, genuinely creepy atmosphere and snatches of melody for the sonic carnage that's typically on display. The result is a genre-busting album that is as eclectic as it is creative.
And then there's the closing title track, which is an awe-inspiring culmination of everything that's come before it.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on May 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Metal used to be the sort of thing where you would plug in your guitar, get a nice heavy sound, write good riffs, and that was pretty much it. As the years have gone by, it's impressive to see how some bands have taken the aesthetic to _this_ level.
Converge is generally regarded as THE hardcore/metalcore band. I don't really know what those terms mean, but this is just a beast of an album. I've listened to so much death metal, grindcore, black metal, cyber-terminator metal, and so on, now it is rare that a band impresses with its sheer heaviness. But Converge _is_ heavy enough to bring you to your knees: massive, crushing riffs with guitar distortion that could strip flesh from bones; heart-stopping grooves of exploding shrapnel; and deliriously thick walls of sound... As a compadre recently said while we were discussing this album, "When 'Concubine' kicks in, hold on to your f_cking chair." But real heaviness is not just a sound, it also has a lot to do with how that sound is manipulated and performed. For instance, King Crimson is, in my opinion, much 'heavier' than nearly any 'metal' band. Converge is an excellent example of this theory in practice, as they pound through eclectic, wrecking ball riffs and industrial-strength rhythms at breathless velocities while vocalist Jacob Bannon's inhuman screams crackle across the scorched-earth metalcore landscape with spine-tingling ferocity. (Is that a human voice? Is he hurting himself doing that?) On the moments where he sings rather than screams, he has a sort of weird-indie voice.
And part of that visceral impact Converge plasters you with comes from their gritty, rugged sound.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sexual Jeff on September 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Words can not describe how amazing this band is. They are the most brutal, insane metal act I have ever heard. But they are not just tough, they are amazingly talented songwriters and lyricists. Jacob Bannon has the most death rattling scream, one capable of inducing heart failure in the elderly and possible bowel leakage in anyone of any age. Anyone who is either a fan of Hardcore metal or simply of musicians at the top of their field, you must own this album. It is the best release by Converge, which is impressive considering how good their other albums and split EPs are. Converge makes Slipknot look like trick or treaters. No major record label can ever contain this sound, and that's the way it should always be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mateo Cartagena on February 22, 2004
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this thing is absolutely incredible. some of the most honest metalcore you will hear. converge meld metal, hardcore and noise in ways you have never heard before. some songs like "heaven in her arms" flat out rock, but then it goes in to the beautiful, textured, downright ethereal "phoenix in flight". thats what makes them so great...those types of dynamics. converge are easily the best hardcore/metal band out there now. they get better with every release. buy this as proof.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JaneDoeFailedMe on September 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Ten years ago this week, the record above was released. . A metallic hardcore band who has now been around for two decades plus. Every release by them has been amazing but this however, is on another level. I feel bad for anybody that has to try and listen to this record for the first time in 2011, between all the hype and praise it must be difficult to filter all of that and form your own opinion. However, I recommend kicking away all the adjectives of praise you've heard, sitting down, giving this record the time it deserves and carving your own opinion out of the stone that is this record. Just stop right here and grab the record.

Great. You've listening to it and now you're back? Awesome. I've been meaning to write a review for this record for eight years now but I just never did due to my love for it, I knew whatever I said would fall short of what I really meant to say because this in my opinion, is the greatest album of all time. However I now realize it's always going to be like that and I should just give it my best shot.

Now, I know this is a highly hyped and well respected album but it is so for a reason. Between the frantic and intense (yet calculated) duo of "Concubine" and "Fault and Fracture" that begin the record, followed by, "Distance and Meaning" which acts as a four minute breather/break to the speed of the first two songs. Following up, is the Godflesh-esque heavy bass line in, "Hell to Pay". The next three tracks, "Homewrecker", "The Broken Vow" and "Bitter and Then Some" play out almost as a trilogy that seems to be the musical equal of getting in the ring with Mike Tyson in his prime. This is then followed by my favorite song of all time, "Heaven in Her Arms" which I can't even talk about, it's my favorite song of all time and i'll leave it at that.
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