Halo in a Haystack

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Halo in a Haystack
Halo in a Haystack Cover.jpg
Studio album by Converge
Released 1994
Studio West Sound Studio
Genre
Length 36:00
Label
  • Earthmaker
  • Stolnacke
Converge chronology
Halo in a Haystack
(1994)
Caring and Killing
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]

Halo in a Haystack is the debut album by American metalcore band Converge, released in 1994 through Earthmaker Records.[2]

Overview[edit]

To fund the making of the record, vocalist Jacob Bannon saved up money from working at a nursing home.[3] The record was released as a black vinyl and is not available in any other format. Only a 1000 copies of this record were made and the record has not been reprinted since. However all of the record's tracks with the exception of the 9th track "Exhale" can be found on later Converge releases such as 1995's Caring and Killing and 2002's Unloved & Weeded Out.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Converge.

No. Title Length
1. "Shallow Breathing" 1:56
2. "I Abstain" 3:12
3. "Two Day Romance" 3:34
4. "Becoming a Stranger" 4:07
5. "Divinity" 4:16
6. "Fact Leaves Its Ghost" 2:29
7. "Antithesis" 5:25
8. "Down" 4:59
9. "Exhale" 3:44
10. "Undo" 2:18
Total length: 36:00

Personnel[edit]

Album personnel as listed in liner notes[4] and the liner notes of the 1997 and 2013 versions of Caring and Killing.[5][6]

Notes
  • Halo in a Haystack's liner notes credit Erik Ralson as the bass guitar player on the tracks "Down" and "Exhale".[4] While the 1997 version of Caring and Killing's liner notes credit Erik Ralston as the bass guitar player on the tracks "I Abstain", "Antithesis" and "Down".[5] And the 2013 version of Caring and Killing's liner notes credit both Jeff Feinburg and Erik Ralston as the bass guitar player on all tracks.[6]
    • Further note that tracks 9 and 10 ("Exhale" and "Undo") form Halo in a Haystack are absent from Caring and Killing making it unknown who provided bass guitar on those tracks through the liner notes of Caring and Killing.
  • Halo in a Haystack's liner notes state the record was recorded in April 1994.[4] While the 1997 and 2013 versions of Caring and Killing's liner notes state that the record was recorded in August 1993 & 1994.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Converge halo in a Haystack". AllMusic. AllMusic. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005). New Wave of American Heavy Metal. New Plymouth, New Zealand: Zonda Books Limited. pp. 91–92. ISBN 0-9582684-0-1. 
  3. ^ Braden, Devin (July 1, 2008). "Interview: Jacob Bannon". LambGoat. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Halo in a Haystack (Media notes). Earthmaker. 1994. LP label. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Caring and Killing (booklet). Converge. New Mexico: Hydra Head Records. 1997. HH666-07. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Caring and Killing: 1991 Through 1994 [Remaster] (Media notes). Converge. Japan: Daymare Recordings. 2013. CD liner notes. DYMC–195.