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Why I Love... Converge

U.S. metalcore maven Mike Hranica from Devil Wears Prada gives thanks and praise for Massachusetts’ hardcore kings

EVERY SINGLE MEMBER IS A MACHINE

“For me the greatest part of Converge is musicianship, and primarily Kurt Ballou. I’m a big fan of him as a person, the engineering work he does up at Godcity Studios and a lot of the bands that he has produced. Beastmilk, for example, really opened my eyes. I just fanboy out on everything he touches. He seems like a real guitar nerd, too, and I can just lose myself in hearing him express his method and love of that sort of thing. And the other guys are great, too. I’m not a drummer so I don’t know about how difficult it is to play the parts, but Ben Koller’s work in Converge and All Pigs Must Die and Mutoid Man just electrifies the music that they make. Converge is four dudes working at their absolute maximum and the levels that they reach are just awe-inspiring to me.”

THEY ARE DIY AND PUNK AS FUCK

“It’s cool that, unlike a lot of bands, Converge still maintain a sort of punkness about them. That DIY ethic has never faltered in them. You see a lot of bands get 20 years into their career and they may change members or become less active to make life a little more comfortable, but Converge are still there in their original form after all this time.”

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