Band Photo: Converge (?)
From: Boston, MA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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."
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."
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...
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
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.
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):
The Red Chord
Robots And Empire
Cursed and Mare have booked a few warm-up dates before embarking on their previously announced Canadian run with Converge, here's the schedule:
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