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Since breaking out of the hardcore scene with 2001's savage masterpiece "Jane Doe", Converge have been the band to watch, pacesetters who've consistently set the next creative level in aggressive music. Their Epitaph debut, You Fail Me was named one of 2004's ten essential releases in Alternative Press. No Heroes, an album that brilliantly combines the textural sonics of You Fail Me with the brutal assault of Jane Doe. Converge are poised to follow in the footsteps of bands like Darkest Hour and Norma Jean.

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It's hard to be a "real" punk rock band these days. And not so much because the music is 30-plus years old (such that by now it's essentially in the same place that jazz was in the '50s when it splintered into trad and bebop), or the ways that commerce has seeped so fully into every pore of the "scene." It's just that as hard and as intense and as loud and as pissed-off as you want to sound, someone else is louder, screamo-er, and just more capable of scaring your parents than you ever will be. Converge of course emerged in the early '90s as part of a mutant strain of neo-neo hardcore, with bands smart enough to inject elements of art-rock and metal. Their peers and followers might ride that sound to the top of the charts, but Converge utilizes the dynamics of that music to just get better all the time. No Heroes is amazing. This is music with as much tension as the Golden Gate Bridge, and the band sounds harder, faster, and more intense even while (occasionally) slowing down. --Mike McGonigal

1. Heartache
2. Hellbound
3. Sacrifice
4. Vengence
5. Weight Of The World
6. No Heroes
7. Plagues
8. Grim Heart/ Black Rose
9. Orphaned
10. Lonewolves
11. Versus
12. Trophy Scars
13. Bare My Teeth
14. To The Lions

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  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B000I2IRDW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,914 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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The bass tones and drum work really shine on almost all of the tracks.
John Henry Pitts, III
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.
Matthew J. Weaver
This album is of course full of aggression like most music of this type but this is an artistic aggression.
Svengoboom

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LeftManOut on October 24, 2006
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aquarius Records on November 1, 2006
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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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on November 14, 2006
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Svengoboom on March 25, 2007
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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.
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Yeah, I thought that saying Converge could follow in the footsteps of Norma Jean and Darkest Hour was a weird commment too...
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Definetly, another heavy hitter from No Heroes i'm really into right now, is Hellbound.
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