No Heroes

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No Heroes
Converge (band) - No Heroes.jpg
Studio album by Converge
Released October 24, 2006
Studio GodCity Studio
Genre
Length 41:37
Label Epitaph
Producer Kurt Ballou
Converge chronology
You Fail Me
(2004)
No Heroes
(2006)
Axe to Fall
(2009)

No Heroes is the sixth studio album released by American metalcore band Converge. It was released on October 24, 2006, through Epitaph Records. The album reached number 151 on the Billboard 200. The album was the first Converge album to be produced by Kurt Ballou with no input from other producers, at his own GodCity Studio[5] and features artwork created by lead singer Jacob Bannon.

Release and promotion[edit]

On October 24, 2006 a music video was released for the title track of the album, the music video was directed by Ryan Zunkley.[6] Converge's first headlining tour in support of No Heroes started in November 2006 with Some Girls, Modern Life Is War, Blacklisted, Kylesa and Gospel.[7]

Musical style and theme[edit]

In early July, Converge's official website announced the title of the album, as well as the meaning behind it:

In an interview with Alex Gosman of Crossfire, the band talked about the album's theme, or therefore lack of one. When asked "What’s the story behind the title of ‘No Heroes’? Do you feel that it’s pointless to idolise other people/bands?"

"It’s completely pointless – but that’s not the overall theme of the album: just of the ‘No Heroes’ song. We thought that title would work well for the record too, but it’s not a concept album or anything like that; it’s still very much a personal record, written about our experiences over the last couple of years."[9]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 89% link
Allmusic 4/5 stars[10]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[11]
Exclaim! favorable[12]
Pitchfork Media 8.1/10 link
PopMatters 8/10[13]
Orlando Weekly favorable link
Stylus Magazine B+ link
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 link

No Heroes was given 8.1/10 by Brandon Stosuy of Pitchfork Media as he said "Conceptually reminiscent of the way Orthrelm's OV rocked socks within a tight framework, No Heroes is one of the year's most musically cohesive ways to keep pulses beating rapidly."

Sam Roudman of Stylus Magazine gave the album a B+ by stating "As Converge have been instrumental in the expansion of the contemporary hardcore vocabulary—embracing music signifiers previously under the dominion of metal or grind—this return to roots makes this album something of a homecoming."

Notably, No Heroes received a 4.5 out of 5[14] from Sputnikmusic staff reviewer Jared W. Dillon, commenting that "No Heroes is completely successful in delivering a great array of extremely heavy music", while another staff reviewer, Nick Butler, gave the album 1.5 out of 5,[15] commenting that "I'll undoubtedly get flamed to hell for this, but if No Heroes isn't the worst album I've heard in 2006, it's certainly the least enjoyable", making it one of the uncommon instances where two staff reviewers almost completely disagree with each other. It was named the number 1 album of 2006 in Sputnikmusic's staff "Best of 2006" list.

Charts[edit]

The album reached number 151 on the Billboard 200. It also topped the Top Heatseekers chart and number 13 in the Independent Albums listings.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Jacob Bannon, all music composed by Converge.[16]

  1. "Heartache" – 1:43
  2. "Hellbound" – 1:07
  3. "Sacrifice" – 1:37
  4. "Vengeance" – 0:58
  5. "Weight of the World" – 1:25
  6. "No Heroes" – 3:43
  7. "Plagues" – 4:43
  8. "Grim Heart/Black Rose" – 9:34
  9. "Orphaned" – 1:39
  10. "Lonewolves" – 2:18
  11. "Versus" – 2:09
  12. "Trophy Scars" – 4:59
  13. "Bare My Teeth" – 2:02
  14. "To the Lions" – 3:40

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak

position

Japanese Album Chart[17] 155
UK Album Chart[18] 186
US Billboard 200[19] 151
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[20] 1
US Billboard Independent Albums[19] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No Heroes - Converge | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Album review: Converge – No Heroes". Scene Point Blank. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Converge's 'No Heroes' Turns 10". Invisible Oranges - The Metal Blog. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  4. ^ Lee, Cosmo (October 29, 2009). "Axe to Fall Review". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 29 October 2009. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Converge Guitarist/Producer Kurt Ballou Explains Why He Remixed 'You Fail Me' | NOISEY". Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  6. ^ Deathwishinc (2006-12-07), CONVERGE "No Heroes", retrieved 2017-02-02 
  7. ^ Punknews.org. "Tours: Converge / Some Girls / Modern Life Is War / Blacklisted / Kylesa / Gospel". www.punknews.org. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  8. ^ "CONVERGECULT.COM". 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  9. ^ "Converge Interview | Interviews | Caught in the Crossfire". www.caughtinthecrossfire.com. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  10. ^ Apar, Corey. "Review of No Heroes". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  11. ^ Diver, Mike (October 23, 2006). "Review of No Heroes". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  12. ^ Deneau, Max (November 2006). "Review of No Heroes". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  13. ^ Begrand, Adrien (December 12, 2006). "Review of No Heroes". PopMatters. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Converge - No Heroes (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  15. ^ "Converge - No Heroes (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. 2006-12-28. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  16. ^ a b c d e No Heroes (CD booklet). Converge. Los Angeles, California: Epitaph Records. 2006. 86827–2. 
  17. ^ "コンヴァージのアルバム売上ランキング". ORICON NEWS (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  18. ^ "Chart Log UK: Chris C. - CZR". zobbel.de. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  19. ^ a b "Axe to Fall – Converge". Billboard. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Converge - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-02-05.