Caring and Killing

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Caring and Killing
Converge - Caring and Killing.jpg
Compilation album by Converge
Released 1995 (1995) (original)
November 17, 1997 (1997-11-17) (reissue)
Recorded 1991–1994
Studio Salad Days One and West Sound
Length 60:57
  • Brian McTernan
  • Converge
Converge chronology
Halo in a Haystack
(1994)Halo in a Haystack1994
Caring and Killing
Petitioning the Empty Sky
(1996)Petitioning the Empty Sky1996
Alternative cover
2013 vinyl remaster artwork by Aaron Turner.
2013 vinyl remaster artwork by Aaron Turner.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Caring and Killing: 1991 Through 1994 is a compilation album by American metalcore band Converge, originally released in 1995 through Lost & Found Records and re-released on November 17, 1997 through Hydra Head Records.


The album was originally released as a European exclusive through Lost & Found Records. However, Converge became dissatisfied with the way the label was handling the release and over charging fans for their hard to find older songs. Caring and Killing was re-released through Hydra Head Records on November 17, 1997 in America to "make an overpriced release obsolete."[3] The album was the seventh release through Hydra Head, founded by Aaron Turner of Isis in 1993.

In 2013, Hydra Head Records reissued Caring and Killing. The album was released exclusively on vinyl, featured updated artwork by Jacob Bannon and Aaron Turner and was remastered by Alan Douches.[4]

Song history[edit]

Caring and Killing features most of Converge's debut album Halo in a Haystack in addition to songs released on various compilations, demos and previously unreleased tracks.

The final track, "But Life Goes On", was recorded for Converge's debut 7" but was never released.[3]

A rerecorded version of "Dead" and a live version of "Antithesis" were released on the band's second album Petitioning the Empty Sky.

Though the album packaging and liner notes suggest the album contains sixteen tracks, only fifteen tracks are present. The opening instrumental song "Shallow Breathing" from Halo in a Haystack was combined with "I Abstain" to create the first track.

Converge's split album with Hellchild, Deeper the Wound, featured a live recording of "Shallow Breathing".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Converge.

No. Title Original release (Year)[5][fn 1] Length
1. "Shallow Breathing[fn 2]" Halo in a Haystack (1994) 2:03
2. "I Abstain" Halo in a Haystack (1994) 3:16
3. "Two Day Romance" Halo in a Haystack (1994) 3:38
4. "Fact Leaves Its Ghost" Halo in a Haystack (1994) 2:32
5. "Becoming a Stranger" Halo in a Haystack (1994) 4:09
6. "Antithesis" Halo in a Haystack (1994) 5:28
7. "Dead" Previously unreleased (1994) 3:00
8. "Tied to My Neck" Previously unreleased (1994) 3:36
9. "Divinity" Previously unreleased (1994) 4:25
10. "Blind" Previously unreleased (1994) 3:25
11. "Sky" Soundtrack of the Revolution split EP (1993) 3:41
12. "Down" Halo in a Haystack (1994) 5:02
13. "Zodiac" Boston Is Burning split EP (1993) 3:54
14. "Yesterday" Where Have All the Flowers Gone? demo (1992) 4:51
15. "Savior Salvation" Where Have All the Flowers Gone? demo (1992)
In Our Blood compilation (1992)
16. "But Life Goes On" Previously unreleased (1991) 4:28
Total length: 60:57


Album personnel as listed in CD liner notes.[5]

Converge (on all tracks)

Converge members (on select tracks)

Session musicians

  • Erik Ralston – bass guitar on tracks 1–6, 11–13


  • Skott Wade – backing vocals on track 6

Original production and recording

  • Tracks 1–6, 11–13 recorded at West Sound in August 1993 & 1994; engineered by Mike West, produced by Converge
  • Tracks 7–10 recorded at Salad Days One in winter 1994/1995; engineered and produced by Brian "Fury" McTernan
  • Tracks 14–15 recorded at West Sound in winter 1991/1992
  • Track 16 recorded at West Sound in June 1991

Album art (1997)

  • Jacob Bannon – design
  • Mark Lickosky – still photography
  • Cardone – live photography
  • Erik Zimmerman – live photography
  • Tim Mailloux – live photography

Remaster personnel (2013)

  • Alan Douches – remastering all songs at West West Side
  • Aaron Turner – artwork
  • Jacob Bannon – design


  1. ^ The 1997 Hydra Head version of Caring and Killing makes a few errors with identifying the original releases of a few songs. The liner notes erroneously labeled "Sky" as a part of Halo in a Haystack and "Down" was erroneously labeled as a Soundtrack of the Revolution contribution.[3] The 2013 remaster's liner notes correctly identify the origin of these songs and is the source used for the track listing shown in this article.[5]
  2. ^ On some versions of Caring and Killing, the instrumental lead song "Shallow Breathing" was (purposefully or not) mixed with the following song "I Abstain" to create a single track. As such, some digital versions of the album list track 1 as "Shallow Breathing/I Abstain" and consequently also only feature 15 tracks total.


  1. ^ Butler, Blake. "Caring and Killing". Allmusic. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brown, Kit (2009). "Review: Caring and Killing". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Caring and Killing (booklet). Converge. New Mexico: Hydra Head Records. 1997. HH666-07. 
  4. ^ Adams, Gregory (January 14, 2013). "Converge Offering Up Vinyl Repress of 'Caring and Killing'". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Caring and Killing: 1991 Through 1994 [Remaster] (Media notes). Converge. Japan: Daymare Recordings. 2013. CD liner notes. DYMC–195.