Converge does not make music that's "easy" to understand. Their brutal metalcore statements shoot out in many different directions on the way to their crushing finales, and pack as much noise into their often abbreviated confines, it seems, as humanly possible. As such, vocalist Jacob Bannon recently shared his admiration for their fans' ever-progressing taste in music, telling Pitchfork "It's like being around an unfamiliar language long enough that it eventually begins to make sense." It's through this forward-thinking approach that Converge has become one of the most definitive hardcore bands of the past 20 years. Their new album, All We Love We Leave Behind, only builds upon that reputation. With Torche, Kvelertak, Nails, Heiress. TODD HAMM

Wed., Oct. 24, 8 p.m., 2012

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