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Band Photo: Converge (?)

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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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
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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Modern Life Is War To Tour Europe With Malkovich

After a succesfull tour with Converge, MODERN LIFE IS WAR is ready to go out on the road once more for a short European tour with partners in crime MALKOVICH. The tour will run from April 23 'till May 1, playing 3 exclusive U.K. dates (sponsored by the mighty Terrorizer), Krakfest Trier and the huge Groezrock fest in Belgium.

Addionally MODERN LIFE IS WAR are providing a glimpse of the new album “Witness” with the release of a brand new MP3 for the song “D.E.A.D.R.A.M.O.N.E.S”. Look for the album to hit stores worldwide June 7 through Reflections Records in Europe and Deathwish Inc. elsewhere.

The complete tour schedul of Modern Life Is War to this point is as follows: More...

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Planes Mistaken For Stars Drop Off Euro Tour

Planes Mistaken For Stars have dropped of their upcoming European tour with Converge as the result of a family emergency. Modern Life Is War will be taking their place on the March/April tour. PMFS have released the following statement:

"We have to pull out of our March/April Euro tour with Converge. We thought long and hard about the easiest way to break it to everyone without being cryptic or melodramatic. So here goes. We originally were going to pass on this tour because Chuck is expecting the birth of his baby girl in early April. Then, after little discussion and even less fanfare, Jamie decided to once again pick up the bass and fight the good fight with us for four whole weeks across the pond. We picked Jamie up in the midst of our recent tour with High On Fire to start practicing for the Converge tour. On our way back from Chicago we received a distressing phone call. Jamie's father, {and surrogate father to the rest of us}, was back in the hospital and in dire condition. Needless to say neither Jamie nor Chuck are in a position to leave their families at a time like this. And to be quite frank, neither are Matt, Mikey, or I. We are first and foremost a family, so leaving Chuck and Jamie here without us is out of the question. We promise we will be back, guns a blazing, in a couple of months with a whole slew of cool news for all of you. In the meantime please keep Jamie and Chuck in your thoughts and wishes. And thanx to everyone who have supported us as a band, and more importantly as people, for the last six or so years."

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Converge Announce Reissue Details

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.

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MSNBC: Darkthrone A Better Grammy Choice?

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.

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Reflections Co-Organizes Arnhem Hardcore Meeting

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.

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Dear Lover (ex-Converge) Recording Near Completion

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.

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Converge's 'When Eagles Become Vultures' Video

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.

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Doomriders Join Deathwish Lineup

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.

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Converge, Isis, and Mastodon Plan Japanese Tour

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.

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Cave In And Converge Collaborate

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.

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