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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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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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WFAHM, Fall of Serenity To Play With Full Force

WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH and FALL OF SERENITY are confirmed to play the this year 15th edition of WITH FULL FORCE festival to be held on the 4th to 7th of July, 2008.

Other bands confirmed so far are IN FLAMES, MINISTRY, PRIMORDIAL, CONVERGE, MAYHEM, THE RED CHORD, DARK FUNERAL, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, VOLBEAT and many more. You can find more info at www.withfullforce.de.

FALL OF SERENITY will also hit the European roads this February together with the almighty DISMEMBER and HATESPHERE.

Here are the latest FALL OF SERENITY tour dates: More...

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Doomriders Prepares New Album

Doomriders, featuring Nate Newton of Converge and ex-Cave In drummer JR Conners, has been writing material for a new album as of late. According to the group, "With everyone's schedules and other bands, it's been hard to write new songs, so we finally decided that we aren't going to play shows for a while and just focus on writing new material."

The band recently recorded some demos with Kurt Ballou at Godcity studios and "are very stoked on the direction the songs are going." Fans can expect a new album to surface later this year via Deathwish Inc.

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First Acts For Graspop 2008 Announced

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

The first acts for the festival have been confirmed as follows: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID.

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Neurosis and Converge Team Up For Seattle Shows

NEUROSIS and CONVERGE will team up for the following shows:

February 16 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (21+)
February 17 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (All Ages)

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Converge and Integrity Members Start New Band

Converge frontman Jake Bannon, Integrity's Dwid, and artist Stephen Kasner have joined forces to form a new group called Irons. Described as "a collective effort to create apocalyptic, non-linear music from a primal fine art based mindset," Irons is currently writing and recording material for a Deathwish Inc. release, which will hit streets next year. Additional information can be found here.

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Hydra Head Set To Release Huguenots Discography

Roughly a year after initially announcing the release, Hydra Head Records is apparently finally close to reissuing material from The Huguenots. The Massachusetts band was active in the mid-90s and featured Kurt Ballou (Converge), Aaron Stuart (Piebald), and Dan Colby (The Explosion). The reissue is expected to surface this winter. In the meantime, you can listen to a few of the band's tracks here.

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Converge Offer Band Member Updates

CONVERGE have posted the following updates:

“As most of you know, all of us hate sitting still. Though we are not touring right now (as life needs us at home) all of us are keeping busy with a variety of projects, here’s the latest:"

"Kurt Ballou: He has been engineering up a storm at Godcity Studios. Lately he has worked on albums for COLISEUM, DISFEAR, GENGHIS TRON, TORCHE, and BLACKLISTED. He is also working w/ Jake on his ‘Wear Your Wounds’ album, due out on Deathwish in early 2K8. Lastly, Hydrahead will soon be reissuing material from THE HUGEUNOTS, a band that Kurt played in in the mid 90’s w/ members of THE EXPLOSION and PIEBALD. Check out Hydrahead for the latest info on that release…"

"Nate Newton: Nate has been playing shows with DOOMRIDERS (including some w/ DANZIG). DOOMRIDERS are also currently writing and recording new material as well. Be sure to pick up their ‘Black Thunder’ album if you haven’t already."

"J. Bannon: Jake has been working on his ‘Wear Your Wounds’ album w/ Kurt at Godcity. Also he’s been busy w/ all things Deathwish/Malfunction. New art projects that are in the works include: New silkscreened prints, SHIPWRECK A.D. art/packaging, LIFE LONG TRAGEDY art/packaging, Rockett Clothing designs, BLACKLISTED art/packaging, and more." More...

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Converge Frontman To Record Solo Album

This November, CONVERGE frontman Jacob Bannon will enter Godcity studios to record the final tracks for the long awaited “Wear Your Wounds” album. Longtime friend and CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou will be at the engineering helm for the sessions. A release date and more information on the release is expected to be released shortly.

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Converge, 108, Internal Affairs West Coast Dates

Converge, 108, and Internal Affairs will play several West Coast shows together in October. Here are the tour dates:

10/18 Oakland, CA @ The Oakland Metro
10/19 Ventura, CA @ The Alpine
10/20 Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
10/21 San Diego, CA @ SOMA Sidestage

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Animosity Head To Europe To Tour With Converge

Animosity will be heading overseas for a month long tour with Converge and Rise and Fall. Starting on June 15th in Germany, the tour will hit some of the summer’s biggest metal festivals including Summer Blast, Never Say Die/Heat Seeker Fest, Pressure Fest and Hellfest.

Animosity vocalist, Leo Miller comments on touring with metal legends, Converge: “In a couple of days we will travel overseas to Europe for the first time as a band. Geographically, this is a huge milestone for our band, but also because we get to tour with one of the most influential bands of our community, Converge. We are extremely excited to have this amazing opportunity to see the world and share our music alongside such an awesome band. I hope Europe is ready for the titty.”

Here are Animosity's tour dates with Converge and Rise and Fall and a few festivals as well: More...

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Converge Announces New DVD

Converge has announced that a DVD titled "Thousands Of Miles Between Us" is currently in the planning stages. Here's an official statement:

"This new project will again raise the bar of what should be expected from music DVD releases. As the title suggests, 'Thousands Of Miles Between Us' will document the bands travels across the world, showcasing the best live moments from their touring around the globe. Shows from Europe, Japan, and the U.S. will be featured, some sets even in their entirety. All this along with interviews with band members, crew, and friends who have been part of the bands ongoing touring legacy."

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Converge World Tour Dates, DVD Reissue Out Now

After being out of press for a LONG time, CONVERGE "The Long Road Home" DVD is now available once again. The DVD is now a Double DVD set and comes packaged in a standard amary case, but includes all of the same classic CONVERGE footage from the previous verision. You can order it in the Deathwish Estore.

Here are the latest world tour date from Converge: More...

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Converge Announce Japanese Tour Dates

In support of their second full-length album, No Heroes, Converge has just announced that they will head to Japan for a run of live performances. They will be supported by Planes Mistaken For Stars and local Japanese outfit, Envy.

Here are all of the confirmed tour dates so far:

March 10, 2007 Be-1 Fukuoka, Japan
March 11, 2007 Badlands Hiroshima, Japan
March 12, 2007 Club Quattro Shinsaibashi/Osaka, Japan
March 13, 2007 Club Quattro Nagoya, Japan
March 14, 2007 Club Quattro Shibuya/Tokyo, Japan
March 15, 2007 Macana Sendai, Japan
March 16, 2007 Club 251 Shimokitazawa/Tokyo, Japan

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Watch Converge's "No Heroes" Video Online

Converge have posted the video for "No Heroes." The band had this to say about the video:

"This ambitious performance/animated video was created by Los Angeles area director, Ryan Zunkley. Using dramatic texture, lighting, and kinetic movement, Ryan assembled a vivid visual world for what the song and album represents. Successfully capturing the song's thematic battle between negative and positive."

You can check out the video here. The song is the title track on the band's recent release No Heroes.

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