Band Photo: Converge (?)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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...
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."
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...
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
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.
Converge will not appear at three of their scheduled shows as a result of two separate issues. The group has provided the following explanation:
"After driving overnight to Poughkeepsie from Baltimore (and almost hitting hundreds of deer in the process...), we got word that 'Rhythmden' festival has been cancelled due to 'insurance' issues. Thanks to Subzero and On Broken Wings for getting the word out to us and other bands. We hope to be back in the Poughkeepsie NY area sometime in 2K7. While we were typing the above information, Jake received a call about a death in his immediate family. So he can attend the funeral and be home to support his family, we are canceling Philadelphia and New York City shows of the tour. The shows in Buffalo, Cleveland, Levittown, and Revere shows will go on as planned as he will be able to make those shows. Apologies to all the bands, kids, and promoters who are effected by the cancellations. We will make it up one day."
Mastodon and Converge will be hooking up once again for a tour in early-2007. Priestess will also be part of the bill. The following dates have been confirmed thus far:
2/5 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
2/7 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
2/8 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
2/9 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
2/10 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
2/11 Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
2/13 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
2/14 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
2/15 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
2/16 New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
2/17 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Cave In currently has no plans to reconvene anytime soon. Regarding the band's status, guitarist Adam McGrath states the following:
"Cave In's members are all presently living in different places and focused on different things. When your together for over ten years you tend to want to stretch with out each other. We are still brothers and continue to support eachother in all our musical endeavors. I don't know when or how but we WILL cross paths again."
Meanwhile, McGrath has also offered updates regarding his bandmates:
"- Stove has a new record coming out in November on Hydra Head. Stephen Brodsky's Octave Museum is the perfect album to drift off into the 16 bit landscape of warp zone's, minus worlds and triforces.
- Caleb has recorded a new record with Santos Montano of OMG fame. Zozobra's "Harmonic Tremors" will see the light of day in the near future on Hydra Head as well. It is a new FRONTIER of heavy music that will blow all minds.
- JR has been bashing away his drums with Doomriders. RIDE OR DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He also has gone back to school to refine his computer hacking skills.
- Ben is currently on tour with the mighty Converge. The new record "No Heroes" is their most savage and ferocious work in years. Everyone reading this should go check out why Converge is presently the undisputed greatest American hardcore band.
-Myself (Adam)...I have recorded an album with my new band Clouds. The "Legendary Demo" was recorded last summer by Stove and will be out on Hydra Head in Feb 07."
Chaotic hardcore pioneers Converge have released the title track from their upcoming record No Heroes. The album is their sophomore Epitaph release, following up 2004's You Fail Me, and is set to hit the streets on October 24th.
"No Heroes" can be streamed or downloaded from their Epitaph Profile.
The band recently announced the dates for a headlining tour which will feature support from Some Girls, Modern Life is War, Blacklisted, Kylesa and Gospel.
You can preview CONVERGE's upcoming new album, No Heroes, online here. The album will be released on October 24th through Epitaph.
As previously reported, the track listing for the effort is as follows: More...
Savannah, GA-based sludge rockers KYLESA have been confirmed to support Converge in November for a string of US tour dates. Also appearing alongside Some Girls and Modern Life Is War, the domestic dates will be the first batch of touring plans Stateside after returning from the band’s current tour throughout Europe. The live shows will also be the first dates scheduled for the band following the release of KYLESA’s forthcoming album, ‘Time Will Fuse Its Worth' on Oct. 31.
Previously, KYLESA revealed artwork, and track info for the ‘Time Will Fuse Its Worth.’ Snippets of the foldout artwork, which was constructed by KYLESA guitarist/vocalist Laura Pleasants, can been seen here, and links are also provided to both an mp3 and a video for the album’s fourth track, “Where The Horizon Unfolds.”
Prior to departing for the band’s current European tour, KYLESA met up with director Tony Costello of SSD Films to shoot footage for what would become the video for “Where The Horizon Unfolds,” which mixes psychedelic imagery with the track’s haunting, building atmosphere. Marking the debuts of drummers Jeff Porter and Carl McGinley, ‘Time Will Fuse Its Worth’ will see an October 31 release date through Prosthetic Records (a day earlier in European territories).
“When we first started the band, we had planned on having two drummers but it didn't work out, so now it feels like everything is coming together,” Pleasants previously said. “There is definitely a new level of intensity to KYLESA now. Since the new lineup has gotten together we have felt the strongest creative spark yet.”
Kylesa's tour schedule is as follows: More...
Converge, Mastodon, and The Bronx team up for a massive tour that hits the road on Tuesday. The tour dates follow:
9/6 Baltimore MD @ Ram's Head Live
9/7 Philly PA @ TLA
9/8 NYC NY @ Webster Hall
9/9 Worcester MA @ Palladium
9/10 Montreal QUE @ La Spectrum
9/12 Toronto ONT @ Phoenix Theatre
9/13 Cleveland OH @ House Of Blues
9/14 Chicago IL @ Metro
9/15 Detroit MI @ Majestic Theatre
9/16 Cincinatti OH @ Bogarts
9/18 Lawrence KS @ Granada Theatre
9/19 Denver CO @ Cervantes
9/21 Boise ID @ The Big Easy
9/22 Portland OR @ Roseland Theatre
9/23 Seattle WA @ Showbox Theatre
9/25 San Fransisco @ Slim's
9/26 San Francisco @ Slim's (2nd show added)
9/27 A solo Converge show we can't announce yet that will be in a small place...
9/28 Phoenix AZ @ Marquee
9/29 Los Angeles CA @ Henry Fonda
9/30 San Diego CA @ SOMA
All three bands have new/upcoming albums they are supporting. Mastodon "Blood Mountain" album will be released by Warner this September. Converge "No Heroes" will be released by Epitaph (vinyl on Deathwish) this October. The new album from The Bronx is available everywhere now.
After "No Heroes" hits stores on October 24th, Converge will head out on tour for the month of November w/ Some Girls and Modern Life Is War supporting. Also playing select shows will be Blascklisted, Kylesa, and Gospel. Dates and specifics will be announced in the coming weeks.