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Converge ‘Blood Moon’ Announces Special Shows

Converge "Blood Moon"Hardcore rockers hailing from Boston, Mass., Converge (Jacob Bannon, Kurt Ballou, Nate Newton and Ben Koller) will be joined by Chelsea Wolfe, Ben Chisholm and Stephen Brodsky on three special shows in April leading up to the 2016 Roadburn Festival.

The alliance, Converge “Blood Moon” will be supported by Crippled Black Phoenix, 40 Watt Sun, The Body* and Full of Hell* (*London only) during the three performances. Check out the tour dates along with how to purchase tickets below.

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Photos: Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque, Anti-Flag, Converge and At The Gates

Suicide GirlsToday we have a little update to our ever growing Photo Gallery courtesy of our Vancouver photographer, Nick Dudar.

The first album comes from last night’s stop on The Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque show at The Rickshaw Theatre. Those photos can be seen here.

After that we go for the hardcore fans as Dudar captured both At The Gates and Converge on March 30th at the Venue which can be seen here and here respectively. 

Finally, going back a month, we captured Anti-Flag as part of their Terror State anniversary tour which can be seen here.

Converge - Axe To Fall

Converge

Axe To Fall

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

It’s pretty obvious that the dudes in Converge have it down by now. Despite the fact that there’s a bajillion guest musicians on Axe To Fall (and a lot of potential for things to become disjointed or lose focus) the band never seems to take a misstep. There’s a distinct feeling that they have you exactly where they want you. This confidence is threaded throughout the entire album in a ton of different ways.

Which makes sense – they’re ridiculously talented individuals and they’ve been at this for quite a while now. Kurt Ballou, Converge guitarist and engineer behind God City Studios, could most likely make a mouse fart sound like the coming Apocalypse. And Jacob Bannon – Converge vocalist, the muscle behind Deathwish Records and an influential graphic designer – is a man who understands well the concept of atmosphere. And not to dismiss Nate Newton and Ben Koller (bass and drums respectively) but it’s this merging of the sonic and visual that makes the band so appealing to me. The albums have always seemed to function best as a complete unit – mp3 files of Converge songs on shuffle just won’t really get you there. They’ll still sound good, but you’ll be missing out. The music sounds best when taken as a whole; the art and lyrics and track sequencing and production all manage to create that sense of atmosphere, that sense of place. And here the band is in flawless form – Bannon’s art is just as creepy and iconic as ever, and the myriad of guest musicians (featuring folks from Cave In, Neurosis, the Red Chord and more) consistently enhance rather than detract from.

And seriously, with all this discussion of minutiae aside, this is still dark, brooding, crazy shit that makes you feel a little bit tougher, a little bit more awesome, just by listening to it. There are still common elements: frequent occurrences of jaw-dropping technical insanity (there’s no denying that Ballou is a ridiculously talented guitarist) akin to bands like Botch, and Bannon still sounds like he can’t decide if he wants to howl his lungs out or get that tracheotomy he’s been saving up for. It still sounds like Converge, you know?

Minor differences are there, though – most notably the inclusion of a few softer elements scattered throughout. “Worms Will Feed” slows things down to a more drawn-out, punishable level (and that guitar line almost sounds like early Danzig, I shit you not), which is a needed break by track five. Again, there’s that idea of pacing. And the final two songs, “Cruel Bloom” and “Wretched World”, serve as those kind of epic closers that try their damnedest to leave you with a prolonged sense of foreboding – like the other shoe is just about to drop and you’re totally stoked about it. Neurosis’s Steve Von Till channels Tom Waits in the first half of “Cruel Bloom” and, with the inclusion of haunting background vocals, piano and glockenspiel, it works ridiculously well.

Axe To Fall is a seamless addition to an already impressive catalog. And it’s another intense and well-executed outing by a band that shitloads of others have and will continue to try to emulate. Worth seeking out.

Raindance Winter Tour/Album Stream

New Bedford, MA hardcore mavens, Raindance, have announced dates for their winter tour.  Fused together from the spoils of Have Heart, Outrage and The Miles Between. Raindance formed in March of 2011, the band combines frantic hardcore with bone-crushing heavy rock and roll while drawing influence from all the best parts of Converge, Every Time I Die, Blacklisted and Disembodied.

The band’s latest EP, New Blood was released in October via Animal Style Records. Recorded by Jay Maas at The Getaway Group (Defeater, No Trigger, Have Heart), New Blood has 6 songs of brutal intensity. Stream New Blood here.

Winter tour dates can be found below.

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Video: Converge – Aimless Arrow

ConvergeLong running Salem, Massachusetts  hardcore act Converge have posted their latest music video for their single Aimless Arrow.

The song will appear on their forthcoming album, All We Love We Leave Behind, which is due out on October 9th, 2012 and follows 2009’s Axe To Fall. The record will be released through Epitaph Records and Deathwish Inc.

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Tours: Converge, Loma Prieta, Git Some

ConvergeConverge will be hitting the road this April with label mates Loma Prieta and Git Some (ex-Planes Mistaken for Stars).  Pygmy Lush (ex-Pg.99), Burning Love, and Pianos Become the Teeth will also join on selected dates.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Video: Converge – House Of Vans NYC (Live)

UnARTig of New York has recently posted a 12-minute compilation on their YouTube Channel of the recent performance by hardcore giants Converge. The footage was captured at August 24th’s show at New York City’s House Of Vans.

During the last song of the night, Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré helped close the show by lending his vocals on “Last Light,” featured on Converge‘s You Fail Me LP.

Check out the performance here.

Converge – Runaway

ConvergeConverge have posted their new song Runaway on their Myspace page for streaming.

The song is featured on their 20th anniversary split 7″ with Dropdead which was released via Deathwish, Inc. June 21st.

Check out the song here.

 

Tours: Converge (Europe)

ConvergeConverge is preparing to take the stage in Europe after a run of U.S. dates. Their tour starts in Switzerland at the Greenfield Festival alongside rock veterans Foo Fighters and Social Distortion on June 10th.

The band is also slated to appear in France’s Hellfest with Bad Brains, Coroner, and Bolt Thrower on June 17th. The dates are below.

Converge is celebrating 20 years along with hardcore punks Dropdead by releasing a split 7″ that will be available through Deathwish, Inc. on June 21st.

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Hurricane Festival 2011 Announced

The first batch of bands for next year’s Hurricane Festival in German has been announced.  Current bands in attendance include Blink-182, Comeback Kid, Converge, Darwin Deez, Egotronic, Foo Fighters, Friendly Fires, Frittenbude, Kvelertak, Parkway Drive, Sick Of It All, The Chemical Brothers, The Wombats, Two Door Cinema Club, and William Fitzsimmons.  The bands the venue takes place in Scheeßel near Bremen, Germany, typically every June.

Further details can be found on the festival’s website (be forewarned, it’s in German!)

Converge Writing New Album

ConvergeHardcore group Converge has revealed that the band is working on writing a new album.  Assumedly the new project will serve as an official follow up to their last full length, Axe To Fall, which was released in 2009 via Epitaph Records.  There is no official word beyond the band acknowledging that they are starting the writing process, so stay tuned for future updates.

The information originates from a recent Twitter update which can be found here.

   

Tours: Converge

ConvergeAfter a tour of New Zealand and Australia in March, Converge will be heading on a month long tour of the United States in May. Genghis Tron will be opening for them in their tour down under while Lewd Acts will be the main support for their US tour. Other opening acts include Thursday, Coalesce, Gaza, Touché Amoré and Black Breath on various dates. Their tour schedule is below.

Converge are touring in support of last year’s critically acclaimed album, Axe to Fall released on Epitaph Records.

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