I don’t think Ben Koller gets enough credit when it comes to the Converge sound. Just listen to the tight hits on the ride and snare on “Fault and Fracture” — no decay, only miniature explosions that demolish as fast as they resolve. That has something to do with Kurt Ballou’s production style, no doubt, but sometimes Koller’s doing some incredibly complicated drum work in a very small, feral space. There’s no room for error, only punishment.
In any case, I’m incredibly excited to see Converge with Loma Prieta at DC9 tonight. It will be my third time in the last two years.