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Formed: 1991
From: Boston, MA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Converge News

Below is our complete Converge news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Converge Releases New Song

Converge announced that they released on their Myspace a new song from their upcoming album "Axe To Fall." The song is titled "Dark Horse." "Axe To Fall" is scheduled to be released Oct 20.

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Dethklok and Mastodon Announce Massive US Tour

This fall, two of the most popular bands in metal will co-headline a 34-city North American tour as the Grammy® Award-winning Mastodon hits the road with Dethklok, the world’s most brutal animated death metal band from Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse. In one of the most highly-anticipated tours of the year, the Adult Swim Presents Dethklok and Mastodon tour will kick off on October 2 in Portland, Ore. and bring mayhem and destruction to local venues throughout the nation. Adding even more layers to this fall’s top metal tour, Oakland’s High On Fire and Converge will open each show. There will be a ticket pre-sale that begins on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 AM EST, while the full allotment of tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, August 7. For more information about the tour including the pre-sale ticket password, price ranges and how to order, please visit www.adultswimpresents.com.

As sponsor for the entire tour, Adult Swim will feature "Brütal Legend" gaming stations for fans to experience the videogame first-hand, while a two-minute animated content piece, created by Titmouse, will air during each show. Print ads, AdultSwim.com and on-site materials will also feature the videogame as the tour’s key sponsor. "Brütal Legend" is an epic action game from visionary developer Tim Schafer. Jack Black stars as Eddie Riggs, a legendary roadie summoned to a world of Heavy Metal where mountains are made of amplifiers, killer spiders spin guitar strings and Rock Legends roam the landscape. As Eddie, crush skulls with a battle axe, ravage the road in a super-charged Hot Rod and unleash the power of Rock to reign down fire from the sky – all to save humanity and become a Brütal Legend.

Nathan Explosion, William Murderface, Skwisgaar Swigelf, Toki Wartooth and Pickles – better known as Dethklok – will take to the road in support of the band’s latest CD release from Williams Street Records, "Dethklok: The Dethalbum II," which will be released as both a standard and deluxe edition on September 29 from Williams Street Records. A limited-edition vinyl of the album will also be released at local record shops starting November 24. Bringing the animated band to life on stage each night will be series co-creator and composer Brendon Small along with an all-star band including the legendary Gene Hoglan, Bryan Beller and Mike Keneally. These real life-musicians will perform live while dark-lit and playing underneath a giant projection screen featuring all-new animation and music videos from Dethklok to create a truly unique concert experience.

Sharing the bill with Dethklok on this seven-week tour is Grammy® Award-winning hard icons Mastodon, who are currently touring Europe and the UK with Metallica. The band’s groundbreaking new album Crack The Skye was released on March 24, debuting on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #11 to overwhelming international critical praise.

Also on the tour is High On Fire. Described as “a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume and sheer heaviness,” High On Fire has forged a style and sound that is both unique and absolutely crushing. The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike, a founding member of the famed underground band SLEEP. Pike was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of its “New Guitar Gods.”

Also on the tour, Converge will release their anticipated new album "Axe To Fall" on Epitaph on October 20th. The release is the follow up to their highly-acclaimed "No Heroes" album, released on Epitaph in 2006.

The tour schedule for Adult Swim Presents Metalocalypse’s Dethklok and Mastodon with High On Fire and Converge is as follows: More...

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Converge In The Studio Recording A New Album

Converge is reportedly recording their new album. They’re in the studio recording a new album over at Godcity (Kurt Ballou’s studio). More info will be posted as it's revealed.

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Video Of Converge Covering Entombed Posted Online

A new video has been posted online of Converge performing a cover of the Entombed song "Wolverine Blues." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Converge Announces Pre-Recording Shows

Before Converge heads into the studio to record their new album, they will be playing a handful of shows (some were previously announced). Here are the latest tour dates:

02/28: Atlanta, GA @ Scion Rock Festival w/ Mastodon, Neurosis, High On Fire, Boris, and more
03/23: Allston, MA @ ICC Church w/ Ceremony, Rise and Fall, Pulling Teeth, Coliseum
03/24: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place w/ Ceremony, Coliseum, Rise And Fall, Pulling Teeth
03/25: Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop w/ Ceremony, Coliseum, Rise And Fall, Pulling Teeth
03/26: Lemoyne, PA @ Championship w/ Ceremony, Rise and Fall, Pulling Teeth, Coliseum
03/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Europa w/ Ceremony, Coliseum, Rise And Fall, Pulling Teeth
03/28: Richmond, VA @ United Blood Festival w/ Ceremony, Coliseum, Rise And Fall, Pulling Teeth, and more
03/29: Philadelphia, PA @ The Church w/ Ceremony, Pulling Teeth, Coliseum, Genghis Tron
05/01: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Night show, details soon
05/01: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Matinee show, details soon
05/03: Chicago, IL @ Burning Fight Book Release Show w/ Unbroken, Threadbare, Reach The Sky, etc.

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Converge Announces East Coast Tour

Boston grinders, Converge, have announced the following east coast US tour dates with COLISEUM, RISE AND FALL, PULLING TEETH, and CEREMONY

03/23: Allston, MA @ ICC Church
03/24: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
03/25: Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
03/26: Lemoyne, PA @ Championship
03/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
03/28: Richmond, VA @ United Blood Festival
03/29: Philadelphia, PA @ The Church w/ Genghis Tron

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Georgia's Scion Rock Fest Details Revealed

The Scion Rock Fest will take place on Saturday, February 28th at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will go from noon until midnight and attendees must be at least 18 years old. The line-up is as follows:

Mastodon
Neurosis
Converge
High on Fire
Boris
1349
Cryptopsy
Torche
Nachtmystium
Wolves in the Throne Room
Baroness
Harvey Milk
Kylesa
Zoroaster
Withered
Krallice
Toxic Holocaust
Skeletonwitch
Rwake
A Storm of Light
Warbringer
Salome
Suidakra
Tyr
Alestorm

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Coliseum Kicks-Off European Tour, Video Interview

COLISEUM kicked-off their European tour alongside CONVERGE and INTEGRITY today in Wiesbaden, Germany. This month-long tour will cover ground throughout Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.

COLISEUM is also confirmed to perform at this year's Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway on August 8th alongside GRINDERMAN, SONIC YOUTH, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, MOGWAI, NO AGE, HEALTH, and many more. For more information on the Oya Festival, please visit this website.

Canada's Exclaim Magazine recently caught up with COLISEUM in Toronto, ON during the band's headlining tour in May for an exclusive video interview. This interview and live footage from that evening's performance can be viewed now at this location.

COLISEUM has been touring almost non-stop since the release of their Relapse debut, "No Salvation," late last year. Audio samples taken from "No Salvation" can be heard now via the band's MySpace page.

Here are the latest COLISEUM tour dates: More...

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Origin Drummer Featured On Cover Of Sick Drummer

ORIGIN drummer John Longstreth will be the featured cover artist on the first cover of the newest digital drumming magazine, Sick Drummer Magazine. Longstreth’s cover feature, which debuts July 1st and can be previewed here, includes an exclusive interview and a full set video focusing on Longstreth’s movements and techniques during a recent live performance. To receive this first issue of Sick Drummer Magazine, subscribe for free at SickDrummerMagazine.com.

This premiere issue of Sick Drummer Magazine will also include an interview and exclusive in-studio footage with Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE) conducted during his time recording the new MISERY INDEX album. Other interviews include Romain Goulon and Tommy Buckley, with columns by Charlie Zeleny, Sean Reinert, and Chris Pennie.

Sick Drummer Magazine, from the founders of Grind Stix and Sickdrummer.com, will also feature regular column contributions from world-renowned percussionists Derek Roddy, Sean Reinert, Charlie Zeleny, Chris Pennie, John Merryman, Steve Asheim, Tom Ales, George Kollias, Franck Camus, Bobby Jarzombek, Dave Culross, Adam Jarvis, Elliot Hoffman, Tim Yeung, Duane Timlin, Eric Park, Gus Rios and more. The magazine will also include contributions from professional recording engineers on drum preparation for live and studio work.

ORIGIN is currently amidst a headlining tour of Europe in support of their new album "Antithesis," has has just recenlty announced a US tour with Misery Index and Abysmal Dawn.

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Genghis Tron Cancel Shows Due To Van Accident

GENGHIS TRON was in a freak van accident yesterday and, although all passengers are OK, the band’s van and trailer are in need of serious repair forcing the band to cancel their shows in Butler, PA last night and Philadelphia, PA tonight.

Genghis Tron issued the following statement this morning regarding the accident: “"Deja vu. For the second time in Genghis Tron's career we got into a pretty harrowing car accident. Yesterday afternoon while driving on I-71 in Ohio, the rear right wheel of our van decided to jump ship. We spun out across three lanes of busy traffic and landed in a ditch in the median. Somehow we managed to avoid all other cars and luckily no one was injured, but our van and trailer have certainly seen better days.”

“We've set up a paypal donation button on our MySpace page to help us get back on the road in time for next week's tour with Converge. You can also send donations to gtmerch@gmail.com. Every little bit helps... thanks in advance and make sure your tires aren't dickwads like ours! “ More...

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Los Angeles Murderfest 2008 Lineup Finalized

The running order for this year's Los Angeles Murderfest has been announced. The event will take place in April at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA. Here's the entire lineup and schedule:

Friday, April 18th

FRONT STAGE
Black Sheep Wall 7:45 - 8:15
The Unborn 8:45 - 9:15
The Funeral Pyre 9:45 - 10:15

MAIN STAGE
Genghis Tron 8:15 - 8:45
Baroness 9:15 - 9:45
The Red Chord 10:15 - 10:45
Converge 11:00 - ??:??

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The Funeral Pyre Post New Album Cover Art Online

Prosthetic Records issues the following press release:

Los Angeles' THE FUNERAL PYRE has launched a brand new MySpace layout design in support of their forthcoming album, "Wounds". Head on over to the band's MySpace page to check out the cover art, latest news and merch. Wounds will be out May 27 on Prosthetic Records and we'll have music posted online shortly. The record sounds great so far and Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Through The Eyes of the Dead, Goatwhore) is currently wrapping up the mixing and mastering process.

THE FUNERAL PYRE live dates are as follows:
3/20 Los Angeles, CA – Relax Bar (with Yakuza, Withered, Exhausted Prayer)
4/18 Hollywood, CA – The Knitting Factory (Murderfest day one with Converge, The Red Chord, Baroness, Genghis Tron, more)

(Wounds US tour)
5/23 Los Angeles, CA – TBA
5/24 Phoenix, AZ – TBA
5/25 Albuquerque, NM – TBA
5/26 Denver, CO – TBA
5/27 Omaha, NE – TBA
5/28 Salina, KS – TBA
5/29 Salina, KS – TBA
5/30 Dallas, TX – TBA
5/31 Houston, TX – TBA
6/01 Beaumont, TX – TBA
6/02 Austin, TX – TBA
6/03 San Antonio, TX – TBA
6/04 Corpus Christi, TX – TBA
6/05 El Paso, TX – TBA
6/06 Tucson, AZ – TBA
6/07 Yuma, AZ – TBA
6/08 Las Vegas, NV – TBA
6/09 Reno, NV – TBA
6/10 Portland, OR – TBA
6/11 Eugene, OR – TBA
6/12 Fresno, CA – TBA

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Baroness To Support Coheed and Cambria On Tour

Baroness will tour the whole U.S. in March and April. The first series of tour dates are with Young Widows, followed by more shows with Converge, The Red Chord, and Genghis Tron. Finally, Coheed and Cambria has tapped Baroness to support them on the road in May.

Here are the latest Baroness tour dates:

Baroness with Young Widows
03/19/08 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
03/20/08 Atlanta, GA United States @ Masquerade
03/21/08 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/22/08 Houston, TX United States @ Rudyards
03/23/08 Austin, TX @ Emo's
03/24/08 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
03/25/08 Tulsa, OK @ The Crush Lounge
03/26/08 St. Louis, MO United States @ 2 Cents Plain
03/27/08 Columbus, OH @ Ravari Room w/ Coliseum

Just Baroness
03/28/08 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
03/29/08 Kingston, NY @Backstage Studio Productions More...

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More Info Released For Los Angeles Murderfest

Church of the 8th Day, the organizers behind the Los Angeles Murderfest, are proud to announce the next round of bands for the festival, set to take place April 18th, 19th, 20th at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California as well as announce that tickets for the fest are on sale now!

Daniel Dismal, the festivals founder had this to say about the line-up thus far…

“This years Murderfest has been coming together in ways that we could never imagine! The response thus far has been amazing and most of it has come without us actually announcing most of the headliners.We’re definitely excited about 4.0 and I think once the whole line-up is released people will be amazed at this years fest. I encourage everyone to try and buy their tickets in advance as the Knitting Factory realistically only holds 700 people.”

Sunday’s headliner will be announced next week. The entire festival line-up will be announced within the next few weeks.

Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketweb. To keep up to date with the festival please visit www.losangelesmurderfest.com for up to date information.

Friday, April 18th - $15 advance / $15 at the door
Saturday, April 19th - $33 advance / $35 at the door
Sunday, April 20th - $33 advance / $35 at the door
Two Day Pass (April 19th, 20th) - $60 (Only available in advance)

Friday, April 18th:
CONVERGE
THE RED CHORD
BARONESS
GENGHIS TRON
+ more TBA

Saturday, April 19th:
ENTOMBED
MASSACRE
REPULSION
VITAL REMAINS
MONSTROSITY
DEMIRICOUS
ANAL BLAST
IMPALED
MORGION
WACO JESUS
DENIAL FIEND
ABYSMAL DAWN
SCARECROW
RISE
+ more TBA

Sunday, April 20th:
Headliner TBA on 2/29
EXTREME NOISE TERROR
TODAY IS THE DAY
CATTLE DECAPITATION
GHOUL
TRAP THEM
STRONG INTENTION
AT ALL COST
COMPLETE FAILURE
MAGRUDERGRIND
TERMINALLY YOUR ABORTED GHOST
CARDIAC ARREST
IVEBEENSHOT
POPULATION REDUCTION
THE_NETWORK
CALL THE PARAMEDICS
+ more TBA

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Deathwish Japan Launched

A new regional label, Deathwish Japan, has been launched, led by the minds behind Daymare Recordings and Alliance Trax, two of the most respected labels in Japan. This means better distribution, availability, and visibility of Deathwish releases and better Japanese tour opportunities for their affiliated artists.

The label comments: "The Japanese aggressive music community has been extremely supportive of Deathwish since our inception, and we are stoked to finally be able to properly bring our world of releases to Japan. This really is a dream come true for all of us at DW/Malfunction, and we couldn't be happier about the expansion."

This March, Deathwish Japan will unleash its first releases:

Blacklisted "Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God" CD
Life Long Tragedy "Runaways" CD
Shipwreck a.d. "Abyss" CD
Pulling Teeth "Martyr Immortal" CD
Converge "Unloved And Weeded Out" CD

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Los Angeles Murderfest 2008 Taking Shape

This year's Los Angeles Murderfest will take place on April 18th, 19th, and 20th at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA. The event will feature two stages and although headliners have yet to be announced, the following acts are slated to perform:

Vital Remains
Converge
The Red Chord
Today Is The Day
Baroness
Impaled
Trap Them
Anal Blast
Monstrosity
Magrudergrind
Terminally Your Aborted Ghost
Extreme Noise Terror
Ghoul
Massacre
Repulsion
Waco Jesus
Cardiac Arrest

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Cavalera Conspiracy Confirmed For Graspop

Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

The latest act confirmed CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.

Acts on board for the festival now include: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DEF LEPPARD, SAXON, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, OBITUARY, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID, MADBALL.

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Converge's "Jane Doe" 2xLP Announced

Deathwish Inc. (under exclusive license from Equal Vision Records) will reissue Converge's classic "Jane Doe" album on vinyl format. Available for the first time in over 6 years, this 2XLP will be packaged in a Deluxe Gatefold sleeve, and will feature a variety of vinyl color variations, appealing to collectors and audiophiles alike.

Originally released during turbulent times in September 2001, "Jane Doe" was one of the darkest, bleakest, and most punishing acts of musical emoting ever committed to tape. "Jane Doe" took Converge's musical aggression, creativity and penchant for artistic nihilism-as-therapy to unparalleled emotional depths. While unmistakably Converge in sound, it reached harsher and more emotionally draining levels of abuse, relenting on, but not entirely abandoning, technical precision to focus on emotional upheavals and an all-or-nothing buffeting.

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Converge Reveal More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for CONVERGE’s upcoming tour with THE RED CHORD and GENGHIS TRON:

with BARONESS:
March 30 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 1 - New York, NY @ Blender Theatre
April 2 - Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theatre
April 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
April 4 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
April 5 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
April 6 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
April 7 - Milwaukee, WI @ Richfield Chalet
April 8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
April 9 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty’s
April 10 - Iowa City, IA @ The Picador
April 11 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol
April 12 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
April 13 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
April 15 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
April 16 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
April 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
April 19 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
April 20 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse

with COLISEUM:
April 22 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
April 23 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
April 24 - Houston, TX @ Red Room
April 25 - New Orleans, LA @ The High Ground
April 26 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
April 27 Orlando, FL @ The Social
May 1 Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
May 2 Pittsburgh, PA @ The School
May 3 Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom

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Converge Announce More Tour Dates

CONVERGE have lined up the following upcoming tour dates with THE RED CHORD and GENGHIS TRON:

with BARONESS:
March 30 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 1 - New York, NY @ Blender Theatre
April 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
April 4 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
April 5 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
April 6 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
April 8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
April 9 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty’s
April 10 - Iowa City, IA @ The Picador
April 11 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol
April 12 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
April 13 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
April 15 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
April 16 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
April 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
April 19 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
April 20 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse

with COLISEUM:
April 22 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
April 23 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
April 24 - Houston, TX @ Red Room
April 26 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre

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