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.
Details regarding the reissue of Converge's "Petitioning The Empty Sky" and "When Forever Comes Crashing" albums have been announced. The albums have been remixed by Kurt Ballou, and remastered by Alan Douches. The reissues will also feature Aaron Turner's original artwork for the releases, some of which was not originally included due to technological limitations. Moreover, there will be additional tracks and enhanced video footage (on the CD version) from High Roller Studios. This Spring, Equal Vision Records will release the reissues in CD format, while Deathwish Inc. will release a limited 2xLP gatefold vinyl version. You can check out an MP3 from each album here.
CONVERGE, SATYRICON and... DARKTHRONE...? Those are the unlikely alternate Grammy nominees suggested to MSNBC recently by "Sound of the Beast" author Ian Christe. "Then again," Christe told the Microsoft-backed news network, "DARKTHRONE already refused their nomination for the Norwegian version of the awards. These back-slapping events are viewed by most metalheads with a lot of skepticism."
Christe also told MSNBC this year's real Grammy nominees for Metal Performance (CRADLE OF FILTH, MOTÖRHEAD, HATEBREED, KILSWITCH ENGAGE, and SLIPKNOT) are "a shock... they actually represent what metal kids are into - instead of the usual out-of-date record company executive's misunderstanding of heavy metal... All five bands nominated began on indie-specialty labels, then worked their way to the mainstream over years. Normally, I'd hope in vain that MOTÖRHEAD would win, just as an excuse to see Lemmy wearing a tuxedo. But it would really be a boon to heavy metal for any of the younger bands to take the prize."
The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 13. The Metal Performance award will NOT be televised.
After a succesful first hardcore-festival in the spring of 2004, which was part of the 20th anniversary of the legendary Goudvishal, Reflections Records has teamed up again with the venue and decided to go for a second edition. Confirmed bands include: Converge, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Eighteen Visions, Hopesfall, Razor Crusade, Panic (exclusive reunion show!), Good Clean Fun (their only European show in 2005), Sex Positions, No Turning Back, and Strike First. More bands will be confirmed in the next couple of days.
The festival, which takes place on Saturday the 26th of March at the Musis Sacrum in Arnhem (which was also the home of our first edition), will feature 15 bands, 2 stages. A special website for the festival www.arnhemhardcoremeeting.nl will be launched January 21. In the meantime also check the venue's website www.goudvishal.nl.
Dear Lover, the solo recordings of Converge's Jacob Bannon, are currently being edited and mixed. The recordings will comprise multiple releases this year, including the "Wear Your Wounds" 2xCD that will hit stores via Deathwish/Icarus later this year.
Converge are out with the video to their new single 'When Eagles Become Vultures', from their album 'You Fail Me'. You can watch it online at convergecult.com.
Doomriders have officially joined the Deathwish Inc. roster. The group features Nate Newton (Converge), Jebb Riley (There Were Wires), Chris Pupecki (Cast Iron Hike), and Chris Bevalaqua (Hallraker) and the label describes them this way: "[This] wall of sound is the bastard child of Classic Rock, Death N' Roll and raging Skate Rock. With a majority of their songs Skate-inspired, they push forth with a heaviness that brings to mind later era Entombed and Integrity, while their raw punk bursts conjure memories of the legendary JFA." You can listen to one of their MP3s here. The band will enter Godcity Studios with Kurt Ballou this winter to record their Deathwish debut, which should hit stores in early-2005.
Converge, Isis, and Mastodon have announced touring plans over in Japan that will kick off in February of 2005. Dates will be announced soon. Meanwhile Isis has released a live track here from an upcoming Live 12" release.
According to a post on their website, Cave In have recently spent some time at Kurt Ballou's Godcity studio with members of Converge working on a "collaborative recording project." They are currently working on five songs. No word yet on when or how the material will surface.
The Old Man Gloom Simian Alien Defense League -- comprised of delegates from Cave-In (RCA), Isis (Ipecac Recordings) and Converge (Epitaph) -- delivers its fifth sonic dissertation, Christmas on Tortuga Recordings on Tuesday, August 24th.
Response from fans of OMG and its respective outfits has been unanimously enthusiastic regarding this immense 13-song album that took three years in the making. The wait has certainly been worth it. The songs are so musically diverse, Christmas seems to continually shift moods and styles, while retaining a slinking, syrupy depth throughout. From the crushing force of epic opener "Gift" -- think Meddle-era Pink Floyd meets Isis -- to the flowing effluvium of "Something for the Mrs", to twisted psych of "The Volcano" and art-punk of "'Tis Better to Receive" the album showcases the quintet's incredible talents and mixed palettes. Equal parts Skullflower, Neurosis, Black Dice, Pink Floyd and Mens Recovery Project, OMG's latest edict has something for every fan of unusual and extreme music.
In OMG's typical tounge-in-cheek fashion, Christmas details man's myriad gifts to Mother Nature -- and the incalculable repercussions thereof. Apes and chimps unite to fend off the "rewards" of civilization, but man's capacity for avarice and cruelty knows no bounds. Mass insurrection results in a battle for the ages. Evolution, as they say, is just a theory. But, this much is true: the only good human is a dead human.
Old Man Gloom -- the effigy of Zozobra that is ritually burned in Native American culture to cast off all ill will of the year -- is stuffed this time around with guitarist/vocalist Nate Newton(Converge), bassist/vocalist Caleb Scofield (Cave-In), electronics specialist Luke Scarola, drummer Santos Montano and guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner (Isis, et al.)
This album would make a fantastic sidebar to coverage of forthcoming releases by Converge and Isis, due this fall.
In an effort to help the underground music scene to thrive, the people behind Strhess (namely artist DEREK HESS), the company responsible for Strhess Clothing and the recent Strhess Tour, have planned Strhessfest. Planned for August 15th, 2004 in Cleveland, OH at the Scene Pavilion, the festival will showcase both musical and visual artists of various levels of success.
Bands scheduled to appear include: THURSDAY, FINCH, CONVERGE, SHADOWS FALL, RECOVER, STRETCH ARMSTRONG, SPITALFIELD, CHRISTIANSEN, AS I LAY DYING, WITH HONOR, UNDYING, RINGWORM, CRITERIA, COUNTERFIT, WHEN SPARKS FLY, REMEMBERING NEVER, BURNT BY THE SUN, HIMSA, SENSES FAIL, BELOVED, CODESEVEN, MIDTOWN, WIRES ON FIRE, MURDER BY DEATH, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ABOVE THIS FIRE, AT WIT'S END, and PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS.
Additionally, visual artists BASK, JAKE BANNON, ASTERIK STUDIOS, DARREN DOANE, DAVE QUIGGLE, TES ONE, NØKTURNAL, and AMATHIN, as well as DEREK HESS himself, will be exhibiting their work in the Strhessfest Gallery.
For more information about Strhessfest, including how to get tickets and directions to the venue, visit strhessfest.com.
There is a new project band out there called Doom Riders. The project features Converge bassist Nate Newton in addition to former members of There Were Wires and Pop Narcotic. The group will make their live debut at the Blackout Bar in Boston, MA on August 4th. Otherwise, there is no word yet on any future plans for the project.
Converge, Cave In and Between The Buried And Me have announced the "You Fail Me Tour 2K4" tour to take place September. The following dates have leaked with a full list on the way:
10/02 St. Petersburg, FL State Theater
10/06 San Antonio, TX Sin 13
10/08 Phoenix, AZ Old Brickhouse
10/12 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
10/20 Omaha, NE Ranch Bowl
10/22 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
10/26 Pittsburgh, PA Nick's Fat City
Metalcore heavyweights CONVERGE have signed a deal with Epitaph Records. Here's the press release from the label:
"Metallic hardcore heavyweights CONVERGE have officially signed with Epitaph. CONVERGE will begin recording their Epitaph debut and long-awaited follow-up to 2001’s critically acclaimed Jane Doe, tentatively entitled You Fail Me, in March and April with a release slated for mid-2004.
For 13 years, Boston, MA’s CONVERGE have pushed the boundaries of their abrasive sonic art while never forsaking their heaviness, vision or integrity. CONVERGE have constantly challenged the ever-shifting definition of “hardcore” with their undeniably influential prior releases; Petitioning The Empty Sky, When Forever Comes Crashing and Jane Doe. All three albums rank high on the “must-own” lists of many aggressive music fans and have established CONVERGE as one of the underground’s precious few leaders in a sea of followers.
Comments CONVERGE's singer/visual design terrorist Jacob Bannon on the signing, “We are confident as artists and genuinely happy about the move. We are part of a diverse, quality roster with Epitaph, rich in both history and integrity. We've struggled for years looking for a supportive label to call home and after a decade we have found it.”