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Converge

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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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Kylesa To Tour With Converge in November

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...

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Converge, Mastodon, And The Bronx U.S. Tour Dates

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.

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Converge's No Heroes Album Details

Converge's new album "No Heroes" has been scheduled for an October 24th release date through Epitaph. The track listing for the effort is as follows:
01 - "Heartache"
02 - "Hellbound"
03 - "Sacrifice"
04 - "Vengeance"
05 - "Weight Of The World"
06 - "No Heroes"
07 - "Plagues"
08 - "Grim Heart / Black Rose"
09 - "Orphaned"
10 - "Lonewolves"
11 - "Versus"
12 - "Trophy Scars"
13 - "Bare My Teeth"
14 - "To The Lions"

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Converge And Agoraphobic Split To Get Re-Release

Converge's split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed, "The Poacher Diaries", will be reissued through Relapse this fall. The new edition will feature a revamped mastering job on the Converge portion of the split as the band weren't happy with the original job done. Converge's new album "No Heroes" is expected out in October through Epitaph.

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Converge Names New Album

Converge has officially titled their upcoming album "No Heroes." Here's an explanation from the band:

"These days cowards outnumber the heroes, and the begging souls outweigh the calloused hands of the hardest of workers. Both in life and in art, the lack of passion is sickening and the lust for complacency is poisonous. This album is the artistic antithesis of that sinking world, a thorn in the side of their beast. It's for those who move mountains, one day at a time. It's for those who truly understand sacrifice...In our world of enemies, we will walk alone..."

As previously reported, guest appearances will be made on the record by JR Conners (ex-Cave In, now of Doomriders) and Alex Garcia-Rivera (Bloodhorse, ex-454 Big Block, ex-Give Up The Ghost) added a bit of percussion during a recent session. Kurt [Ballou] and Jake [Bannon] also added a bit of percussion as well during that session. Vocally, Jonah Jenkins (Septic Youth Command, ex-Only Living Witness, ex-Miltown, etc.) will be contributing, as well as Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy).

The group, with the guidance of guitarist Kurt Ballou, is engineering and producing the effort themselves. According to the band, "No need to bring anyone else in, not when we have the ability to collectively create the album we artistically envision."

"No Heroes," to be released via Epitaph Records, will consist of roughly thirteen songs.

The band will play material from the new effort during their July stint on the Sounds Of The Underground tour.

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Converge Complete Recording Of Percussion, Bass

Converge continues to track material for their next Epitaph Records release. Here's an update from the band:

"Recording is going well so far. Percussion and bass have been recorded in their entirety. Some vocals are also completed with more to follow throughout the week. Guitar tracking is also underway. We hope to begin mixing in the next week or so. We've had some guests perform on the album so far: JR Conners (ex-Cave In, now of Doomriders) and Alex Garcia-Rivera (Bloodhorse, ex-454 Big Block, ex-Give Up The Ghost) added a bit of percussion during a recent session. Kurt [Ballou] and Jake [Bannon] also added a bit of percussion as well during that session. Vocally, Jonah Jenkins (Septic Youth Command, ex-Only Living Witness, ex-Miltown, etc.) will be contributing shortly, as well as Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy). We all excited to have those two aboard as guests on this recording. It means a great deal to us."

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Converge Begins Recording New Album

Yesterday Converge began tracking their next album for Epitaph Records. The group, with the guidance of guitarist Kurt Ballou, is engineering and producing the effort themselves. According to the band, "No need to bring anyone else in, not when we have the ability to collectively create the album we artistically envision."

The album will consist of roughly thirteen songs, of which the band states, "These songs are a freight train, to us sounding larger and harder than any of our previous efforts."

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Machine Head To Play Select Dates On SOTU Tour

Machine Head, Converge, Vision of Disorder, Horse the Band and other special guests have been added to select dates on the Sounds of the Underground tour, featuring As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot, Through the Eyes of the Dead and Evergreen Terrace.

The tour, which represents some of the best independent-minded music available today, begins appropriately over the Independence Day holiday week, on July 8 in Cleveland and runs through August 12 winding up in Universal City, California.

The new additions are: More...

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Converge to Play Sounds of the Underground 2006

Converge will be joining the Sounds of the Underground tour on select dates. Tour dates with Converge are as follows:

July 9 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 11 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
July 12 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
July 13 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center
July 14 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
July 15 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
July 16 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
July 17 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post

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Converge Prepare To Record New Album

Converge continue to write material for their next album. Recording will take place in May and June, though specifics have yet to be disclosed. According to the band, "We've done a lot of living and been through a great deal since the release of 'You Fail Me.' All of that will surely surface creatively and make for a truly intense album." Look for the new album to hit stores this fall via Epitaph Records. Meanwhile, Converge has announced a one-off show at which fans can expect to hear some of their new material. The show will take place on April 21st at Romans in Brockton, MA with Blacklisted and Rise And Fall.

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Rhythmnden Fest 10 Years Of Mosh Details

Rhythmnden Fest 10 Years Of Mosh will take place on November 19th at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY. The show will feature an appearance by Shai Hulud, including vocalist Geert, who will be flying in from Europe. Doors open at 2 PM and tickets are $25. The following bands have been confirmed (with more TBA):

Shai Hulud
Zombie Apocalypse
Converge
Darkest Hour
The Red Chord
Municipal Waste
Robots And Empire

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Cursed And Mare Book Warm-Up Dates

Cursed and Mare have booked a few warm-up dates before embarking on their previously announced Canadian run with Converge, here's the schedule:
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Converge Announce One-Off Shows

Converge have announced several one-off shows during the coming weeks, including Hatebreed's 10th Anniversary Show. Here are the dates:

9/19 Syracuse, NY @ The Furnace w/ Doomriders
9/21 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock w/ Doomriders
9/23 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ Terror, Cursed, Mare
11/26 New Haven CT @ Toads Place w/ Hatebreed (10th Anniversary Show), Crowbar

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Cave In to Tour With Doomriders

Cave In, will be touring this fall with Doomriders which features Nate Newton of Converge. Dates to come shortly.

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Red Chord, Darkest Hour, Converge Tour Dates

The first dates have been announced for the forthcoming tour featuring CONVERGE, THE RED CHORD and DARKEST HOUR. RINGWORM will be opening some dates while MUNICIPAL WASTE will be opening others. Dates are as follows: More...

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Terror Issue Update About Touring, Video Shoot

Terror are currently in Japan touring through September 12th. Upon returning home, the band will film a new video followed by some last-minute shows in California the weekend of Sept. 16th. Then, starting on September 24th, Terror will be touring Canada for three weeks with Converge and Cursed. The band had originally been scheduled to tour the U.S. beginnning in October with Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, and Bleeding Through. However, according to the group the tour "fell apart and is now not happening at all." Instead, the band will do some touring with Donnybrook. Meanwhile, Terror continue to write material for their next Trustkill Records release. The group will enter an undisclosed studio in February to begin recording and according to vocalist Scott Vogel, "it's going to be the best shit we have done."

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Hellfest 2005 Schedule Released

The entire schedule for Hellfest has finally been released. HELLFEST 2K5 takes place on August 19-21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Tickets are available at hellfest.com or you can purchase tickets at the Sovereign Bank Arena box office or charge by phone at 1-888-SBA-TIXX or online at sovereignbankarena.com.

The complete schedule follows, including stages, times and bands playing: More...

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Cave In Part With Dummer, Get Converge Drummer

Cave In drummer JR Connors is reportedly no longer part of the group. Connors was originally sidelined by a severe wrist injury and is currently living in Germany. Converge drummer Ben Koller has been filling in as of late and has seemingly joined the band on a permanent basis, though no official statement has been released.

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Terror Touring Plans

Terror are currently in Europe on tour. The band will return to the U.S. next week, then join the Sounds Of The Underground tour for two weeks on July 15th. August plans include performing at Hellfest and filming a new video, the details of which have yet to be announced. In September Terror will tour Japan for ten days before hooking up with Converge for a two-week Canadian tour. Immediately following that trek, the band will tour briefly in mid-October with Donnybrook. Finally, Terror will then hit the road for a five week, full U.S. tour with Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, and Bleeding Through. Meanwhile, in December the group will finish writing their next album for Trustkill Records, which will be recorded this winter.

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Cave In Temporarily Replace Drummer

Cave In are to play some US shows in the next few weeks. But they'll be doing these without drummer JR Connors. His place is being temporarily taken by Ben Koller of Converge.

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