Ranking the Converge Albums


Parker Traman

While speaking ad nauseam about this band, one I might, no, most definitely, consider the greatest band of all-time, I realized that I haven’t ranked the albums. So, uh, yeah, here they are. This is definitive, by the way.

#10:) Halo in a Haystack (1994):

Okay, this is the band’s debut album, and there are only about a thousand copies of it in circulation, but it’s easy to find it online and listen to it. This is a goofy experience, as the band opts for an odd blend of emo and hardcore that doesn’t mix quite well. There are a couple tracks I don’t skip over, as the opening instrumental “Shallow Breathing” and the pretty amazing “Becoming a Stranger” aren’t total duds. But honestly, you can just skip this, it’s nothing special.

#9:) When Forever Comes Crashing (1998):

While this record isn’t bad, and is a massive leap in quality from the album featured previously on this list, When Forever Comes Crashing, the band’s third album, has the distinction of being their most forgettable album. Not featuring any god tier tracks, and a couple duds (mainly in the form of really weird interludes that ruin the album’s pacing), this album features a sludgier sound, which is cool. But sadly, the band doesn’t add much to their overall sound here.

#8:) Petitioning the Empty Sky (1996):

An album that has gone through many incarnations, as it started out as an EP, the band’s sophomore effort is just pure fun. “The Saddest Day,” “Forsaken,” and “Color Me Blood Red” are all hardcore romps. Of course, this album is flawed, in quite a few ways, but I can’t deny that the band’s hearts are worn on their sleeves, and it isn’t as forgettable as the album that would come after it.

#7:) Bloodmoon: I (2021):

The band’s only collaboration album, Bloodmoon: I is a massive departure from anything they’ve done before. Featuring elements of folk, goth, and post-metal, this record has some nice flavors, but doesn’t quite hold up to the other records above it. I don’t hate this album by any means (in fact, Halo in a Haystack is the only “bad” album here), but I can’t justify putting it higher than seven.

#6:) The Dusk in Us (2017):

I would argue that this is the band’s most personal album, which gives it lyrical legs to stand on, as one can connect to basically any song here. It’s a dang fine record, with really only one song here that sucks, like actually sucks (“Murk & Marrow”). Multiple tracks get me in my feels here, like “Thousands of Miles Between Us” and the title track, but tracks like “Eye of the Quarrel” provide that signature Converge flair.

#5:) No Heroes (2006):

By far the band’s most overhated record, many cite this as Converge’s low point, but that simply isn’t true. Arguably their heaviest record, No Heroes is their only political album, and honestly, as opposed to most bands, it works here. The only knock on this record is the odd pacing, and a long runtime, I can assure you that most tracks here justify their places, and they make up for the whiplash-like pacing.

#4:) All We Love We Leave Behind (2012):

Is this their saddest record? Probably. Is this one of their most experimental records (outside of Bloodmoon: I)? Yes. Is this an album with zero skips. No, because I don’t enjoy “Veins and Veils”. But good lord, nearly every other song here is a banger, and the title track is their best song period. “Aimless Arrow,” “Empty on the Inside,” “Glacial Pace,” “Vicious Muse,” and “Sadness Comes Home” are also fantastic. Honestly, this is a perfect starting point for anyone new to the band, as it gives you a taste of everything they have to offer.

#3:) Axe to Fall (2009):

When I say that the top three albums here are my three favorite albums ever made, I mean it. All of these albums arw basically 10/10’s, perfect albums I will say. Axe to Fall is a fantastic record, combining more refined sludge elements (as previously seen on When Forever Comes Crashing), fantastic guest appearances, and the best production ever seen on any of their records. Only one skip here (“Losing Battle”), but every other track is god tier Converge.

#2:) You Fail Me (2004):

A record I used to dislike, in fact, it used to be my least favorite. It’s such a massive departure from its predecessor (oh, we’ll get to it in a bit), but that’s what works. It’s so visceral, raw, and unforgiving, it’s truly a record to listen to when you’re angry. In fact, that’s probably why I love it as much as I do, because it’s gotten me through some times where I was filled with inconceivable rage. But this album isn’t without its tearjerkers (just look at the opening guitar instrumental “First Light” and the acoustic track “In Her Shadow”), and is a quintessential listen in their career.

#1:) Jane Doe (2001):

This is the greatest album ever made. Every song here is fantastic, god tier not only for Converge, but for music in general. 10/10, the bar for music was set with this album.

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