Entries tagged with: Converge
Reunited post-hardcore band Planes Mistaken for Stars are still going, and have just announced another tour for this summer. The tour brings them to the NYC-area on July 18 at Asbury Lanes and July 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketweb and Ticketfly, respectively. All dates are listed below.
The band will also be reissuing 2006's Mercy on July 14 via Deathwish, the day before the tour begins. The reissue comes with new packaging, and was remastered from the original tapes by Brad Boatwright.
You can watch videos with members of Converge, Mastodon, Touche Amore, Coliseum and Wolves Like Us discussing PMFS, with the list of dates, below...
Cave In/Converge spinoff Mutoid Man have detailed their upcoming album on Sargent House. It's called Bleeder, will be out on June 30, and lead single "Sweet Ivy" just premiered over at Rolling Stone. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below. That's the album artwork above.
As previously mentioned, Mutoid Man are going on a tour with Dillinger Escape Plan and Primitive Weapons in June, co-presented by Party Smasher Inc, BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges. That includes the NYC show happening June 20 at Irving Plaza, which tickets are still available for.
After that tour, Mutoid Man play Atlanta's Wrecking Ball festival, which will have Stephen Brodsky pulling double duty because Cave In play as well. All tour dates, the new song, and the record's tracklist, below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher
At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer @ Webster Hall - 4/12/15
The Decibel-presented At the Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre tour wrapped up last night with a sold-out show at NYC's Webster Hall. Vallenfyre, the death/doom supergroup with members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Doom, At the Gates and more, opened the show. They were a bit less my thing personally than the rest of the bill, but sounded tight. They also played a last-minute late show at Saint Vitus after the Inter Arma / Yautja show at that venue. Anyone go?
Up next was Pallbearer. They could only play a three-song set, due to the fact that they were opening and most of their songs near or pass the 10-minute mark, but their brief set had them sounding excellent as ever. I'd only seen them in smaller, darker venues before, but a big stage with smoke machines and a more elaborate light show suited them well. Not that that should come as a surprise -- Pallbearer's music is the kind of thing that towers over you in any environment, so seeing the band literally look bigger than ever only added to the intensity.
Converge followed, and they weren't supporting a new album or anything (their most recent is still 2012's All We Love We Leave Behind), but they cherry-picked a handful of favorites from Jane Doe and on, giving us "Dark Horse," "Aimless Arrow," "You Fail Me," "Concubine," and more in their all-killer set. Jacob Bannon is one of the most consistently exciting hardcore frontmen around, and last night's show was no exception to this. His screams are constantly a force, his stage moves are iconic, and it's always refreshing to see Bannon do his thing, considering how many imitators you see at other hardcore shows. And the rest of Converge is never a bore on stage either. Kurt Ballou's fretwork is always dizzying to watch, and the sheer force that he, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller can make as just a trio never ceases to amaze.
Finally At the Gates wrapped up the night, making their first NYC appearance since 2008. The difference this time though is they had a new album to support (2014's At War With Reality), their first since 1995's ridiculously influential Slaughter of the Soul. The new songs sounded great last night, but it was the Slaughter of the Soul songs that got the whole crowd going wild every time. After opening with "Death and the Labyrinth" off the new LP, they gave us the unbeatable one-two punch of "Slaughter of the Soul" into "Cold," and for the next six and a half minutes the energy both on and off stage was at an ultimate high. Admittedly, it didn't stay that way the entire time and their set did feel a little long (especially compared to Converge's), but the show went out with a bang. They returned to the stage with SotS opener "Blinded by Fear," gave a little hype-y stage banter before "Kingdom Gone" from their debut ("New York do you like death metal? Because we don't like death metal... WE LOVE DEATH METAL!!!!), and ended the night on a high note with At War With Reality closer "The Night Eternal."
More pictures, and AtG and Converge's setlists, below...
photo: Mutoid Man at IO-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cave In/Converge-related power trio Mutoid Man are releasing their new album on Sargent House this year, but details on that are still TBA. Meanwhile, they've announced a show happening in NYC on March 11 at Saint Vitus with Primitive Weapons and Meek Is Murder. Tickets are on sale now.
Their only other announced date is a Red Bull Sound Select show in Seattle with Wild Throne and secret guests.
No music from the new album is out yet, but you can watch a live video below...
As always, there are tons of good metal and metal-related tours swinging through NYC and other one-off heavy shows happening here. We don't get around to posting all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the local heavy shows coming up that we're excited about:
Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play the Acheron TONIGHT (1/8) with support from Meth Valley and Mammal. When we first wrote about them, we said, "If you've never experienced the over-the-top spectacle that is Hellbent Hooker, you're in luck. Prepare for a gross-out session... in the best ways possible." Tickets for tonight are on sale.
On Sunday (1/11) at Saint Vitus, mathcore shredders Meek Is Murder team up with Vomit Fist, Aminals and Budd Dwyer. Tickets are on sale.
Brooklyn trio Mortals, who put out a great album on Relapse last year, were already announced to open the first night of Eyehategod's 2-night stand at Saint Vitus (tickets), and they've since added their own show happening soon after on February 15 at Acheron. The Black Antler and Nerve Shatter open. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
As a reminder, some previously discussed metal tours are about to hit NYC too. There's the unmissable High on Fire / Windhand double bill hitting Vitus on Friday (1/9) for two shows, but unfortunately both are sold out.
Watain at Irving Plaza in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Just a few days after that, you'll probably want to head to Webster Hall (2/28) where two death metal legends, Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse, bring their co-headlining tour. Aeon and Tribulation open. Tickets are still available.
March is stacked so far as well. Legendary Swedes Nifelheim are making a rare and very anticipated NYC appearance on March 15 at Saint Vitus with Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos), Slutvomit and Iron Force. Get tickets.
The following weekend gets pretty nuts. West Coast black metal greats Dispirit finally make their East Coast debut at Saint Vitus on March 20 and 22 with different sets and different openers each night (tickets). And right smack in the middle of those two shows, the killer Enslaved / Yob / Ecstatic Vision tour hits Gramercy Theater (3/21). You can still get tickets for that one too.
Looking forward a bit to the spring, Electric Wizard's first North American tour in over 10 years hits Webster Hall on April 2. That's unfortunately sold out, but you can try your luck on StubHub or something. This one's not to miss.
Only 10 days later, you may find yourself back at Webster Hall (4/12), where the At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer / Vallenfyre tour will be blowing minds. Tickets for that one are still on sale.
Of course these are just a few options and there's always more. What else?
Oh, and in one last bit of non-show news, Torche recently dropped another ripper from their upcoming LP on Relapse. Stream it below...
photo: Pallbearer at FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As if the Decibel-presented At the Gates / Converge / Vallenfyre tour wasn't already an unstoppable metal bill (of which 2015 has no lack of), it just got even better. Converge frontman J. Bannon announced that 2014's doom MVPs Pallbearer have been added to all dates as well! The NYC show happens April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
List of dates, and a stream of Pallbearer's 2014 album, below...
Photo: Mutoid Man and Little Punk Person Elliott Fullam
Converge/Cave In side project Mutoid Man recently wrapped up a short Northeast tour with Russian Circles, which hit NYC on December 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Backstage at that show, they were interviewed by Little Punk People's Elliott Fullam, the 10-year old punk enthusiast who tends to interview musicians much older than him (like J Mascis). As you'd expect if you've seen videos of Elliott's before, it gets pretty funny, and Elliott's questions are A+ ("martians or humans?" is an especially great one). Watch the interview below...
Kurt Ballou w/ Converge at MHOW in 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Converge already have a busy 2015 ahead of them, with a big tour with At the Gates and Vallenfyre -- that hits NYC on 12/12 at Webster Hall (tickets) -- lined up, but even when Converge aren't touring or working on an album, their members seem constantly busy. We recently talked about what bassist Nate Newton is up to, frontman Jacob Bannon is always busy with Deathwish, and guitarist Kurt Ballou is always behind the boards of some of the best heavy music coming out today.
Now that it's Best-Of List Season, Kurt has given us a list of his favorite 2014 releases that he recorded, produced, and/or mixed. Here's what he had to say about it:
I'm pretty terrible at writing these "10 best albums of 2000 whatever" things because, as a recording engineer, after concentrating on music for 10 hours a day, every day in my studio, listening to music isn't a priority when the day is through. I kind of hate it, because I really love music, but I also need some time to reset my ears and brain. So, when asked to contribute to these sorts of things, I'm always a bit embarrassed to respond with, "uhhh... I'm only really familiar with the stuff I recorded." But I recorded some killer records this year, so fuck it - here's some shameless self-promotion. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite 2014 releases that I recorded, produced, and/or mixed.Self-promotion or not, it's a list of great records. Check it out, with his commentary, below...
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Nate Newton is a busy man. The Converge bassist has announced some shows with Doomriders, the band that he fronts, including NYC at Saint Vitus on December 5. They'll be joined by Black Black Black, Humanless and Mammal, and tickets for that show are on sale now. It's two days before they play what they're billing as their 10th Anniversary Show in Cambridge.
Before that they've got a Scandinavian tour with Louisville's fellow Deathwish signees Coliseum. Newton did double duty when Doomriders and Converge (who are touring with At the Gates) both played frontman Jacob Bannon's Deathwish Fest over the summer (which Coliseum also played).
Oh and did we forget Newton's third project? Old Man Gloom (with members of Cave in and Isis) have a new album called The Ape of God out on November 11 via Profound Lore. You've already heard "The Lash" from that album and they've since released "Predators" which you can stream below.
Oh and Newton is playing bass on the new Cavalera Conspiracy album Pandemoniom, also out in November (11/4). Hopefully Newton will have time to tour with all 4 bands. You can watch a video for a track from that below.
Check out all dates for Doomriders, a stream of the new Old Man Gloom song, and a video of a full Doomriders' set from Berlin earlier this year, also below...
Converge at Decibel's 100 Issues Celebration in 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)
The always-huge Decibel Magazine tour has been announced for 2015, and this one features At the Gates, Converge (who played the mag's 100-issue celebration last year), and Vallenfyre (mems At the Gates, My Dying Bride, etc), with more openers to be announced. That is an absolutely stacked lineup. The reunited At the Gates are releasing At War With Reality, their first album since 1995, next week. Converge have been playing shows and are working on new material. Vallenfyre are playing Maryland Deathfest. These three bands are all as excellent as they are stylistically distinct, making this a must-catch for the heavier crowd.
The tour will close with an NYC show on April 12 at Webster Hall, for which tickets will be on sale Friday (10/24) at 10 AM.
All dates for the Decibel tour are listed, along with a stream of a new At the Gates song, footage of Vallenfyre's recent set at Obscene Extreme fest, and a cool video of Converge playing live, shot from a go pro camera on drummer Ben Koller's head, below...
United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
United Nations, the "emo powerviolence" band of Thursday's Geoff Rickly which also includes/included members of Converge, Glassjaw and Pianos Become the Teeth, have signed with Temporary Residence Ltd. (Explosions in the Sky, Young Widows) who will release The Next Four Years, their first full length since their self-titled 2008 debut, on July 15. No music has been released from it yet, but you can watch a video of them playing one of its songs "United Nations Vs. United Nations" at Saint Vitus, below.
Meanwhile, catch UN at The Fest this year if you're going. Cover art above. Video and LP tracklist below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Converge at Saint Vitus, May 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Deathwish Inc.'s inaugural Deathwish Fest announced that it will be switching venues, moving down the street from the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA to Cambridge go-to The Middle East Downstairs, a bigger venue that allows for the two-day event to be all ages. The hardcore/metal fest is still happening on July 22-23, and tickets already purchased will be honored at The Middle East. With the move comes fifty more tickets for each day and, unfortunately, Code Orange Kids' cancellation.
Filling the hole in the lineup on the fest's second day are Shipwreck AD and Coliseum (who just rejoined Deathwish), while Philadelphia's Blacklisted (whose singer George Hirsch's solo project Harm Wulf was already playing day two) will be added to day one for good measure. Both night's are headlined by Converge (whose Jake Bannon runs Deathwish) and Trap Them, so it should be a wild time whether you make it to one or both nights. Head below to see full lineups, which also include Modern Life Is War, Doomriders, Self Defense Family and more. Tickets go back on sale Wednesday (5/14) at noon.
Updated Deathwish Fest lineup below...
By Doug Moore
Converge at Saint Vitus Bar, 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Deathwish Inc. -- Jake Bannon of Converge's increasingly influential record label -- are following up what I can only imagine was their most lucrative year of operation to date (they released Deafheaven's Sunbather) with their first-ever standalone music festival. Creatively entitled Deathwish Fest, the bash will take place on July 22 and 23 at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. Both nights will be headlined by Converge (no surprise there) and Trap Them, who are preparing to release their first new album since 2011's Darker Handcraft. Both bands are restricting their 2014 Boston-area appearances to this fest. Some other notables include Modern Life Is War, Code Orange Kids, & Doomriders on 7/22 and Oathbreaker & Cult Leader (who will evidently be touring together as well; keep an eye out for updates here).
Tickets for individual days go on sale this Friday (4/11) at noonwith an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/9) at noon. Two-day passes are $50 and if that math doesn't make sense to you, it's because you're not taking the Jake Bannon limited-run silkscreen print that comes with the two-day pass into account. Fans of wings, skulls, and splatter textures rejoice! Check out the full fest lineup below.
This Is Hardcore returns to Philly's Electric Factory from July 24-27 and as usual it's got a great lineup spanning generations of hardcore including Converge, Title Fight, Madball, Blacklisted, Bl'ast, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Noisem, Power Trip, Incendiary, Full of Hell, Crowbar, Coke Bust, Ringworm and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale April 12 via the festival's website.
Full lineup, with a playlist of all bands playing and the announcement video, below...
By Doug Moore
'Longhena' album cover
A couple of exciting new album streams have gone up in the past 24 hours. First up is the new -- and final -- full-length (read: 24-minute) effort by pedigreed grinders Gridlink, which already stands a good chance of claiming and holding the grind throne for 2014. You can read more about it in our extensive interview with vocalist Jon Chang (also of the highly influential '90s grindcore unit Discordance Axis). I'd recommend giving this album a shot even if you're not a grind person; it's uncommonly melodic by the standards of the style, and uncommonly smart by the standards of rock music in general. (It also won't take you long.)
We also mentioned a few months back that metallic hardcore standard-bearers Converge would be tracking a live BBC session this year. The four-song session is currently streaming on Spotify. You can give it a listen and check out its track lineup below.
by Doug Moore
Nate Newton w/ Converge at MHoW, 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Converge bassist and Doomriders frontman Nate Newton is already a pretty busy guy -- Converge is one of hardcore's preeminent existing bands, and Doomriders are rarely off the road for more than a few months at a time. He'll be even busier in 2014 -- he's evidently going to play bass on the new album by Cavalera Conspiracy, which is the current pursuit of former Sepultura members Max and Igor Cavalera.
Newton's AmRep-channeling bass work seems like a bit of an odd match for Cavalera Conspiracy's straight-ahead thrash metal, but he's a great player, so he'll likely adapt to their approach smoothly. He also issued a short statement on the subject via Converge's FB page in response to (incredulous, one assumes) fan inquiries:
Hello friends! Just wanted to get some info to everyone since I've been getting so many messages.... Yes I am playing bass on the new Cavalera Conspiracy record. No...I am not going to leave Converge. I thought it would be fun to play with the guys who wrote some of my favorite metal records. That's all...no big story here other than it's pretty awesome when people who's music you've admired for years ask you to be a part of it with them. I'm honored!The better question is whether Newton will tour with Cavalera Conspiracy behind the album. It seems pretty likely that CC's schedule will conflict with Converge or Doomriders' tour plans at some juncture; it'll be interesting to see whom he ends up on the road with once the CC record comes out. (It's currently slated for a 2014 TBD release via Napalm Records.)
You can stream the December 30 Rock Mania interview in which Max Cavalera announced the Newton collaboration below, though you'll need Spanish skills to understand it. For everyone else, check out Cavalera Conspiracy's 2011 album in full and see if you can imagine Newton playing its bass parts. Stream that below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Mutoid Man, the no-nonsense rock outfit from Cave In's Stephen Brodsky and Converge and All Pigs Must Die's Ben Koller, had their record release show for Helium Head at Saint Vitus with MANALIVE and Summoner tonight (12/13). The duo, who due to a geographical divide between members aren't likely to play often, are hanging around NYC to be the secret headliner at a BYOB warehouse party at The Omega Order in Brooklyn on Saturday (12/14) (94 Bogart Street). They'll be playing with Colony, HO9909, Imperial Triumphant and Vygr. Details are available at the event's Facebook page.
Helium Head, Mutoid Man's debut, actually came out back on November 29--it's a serious ripper built on a thick foundation of riffs and distorted vocals. Listen to it in full below...
Converge have announced the release of a "Live at the BBC" 7" EP due out soon on Deathwish from their session at Studio MV4 at Maida Vaile Studios at the BBC in London, August 2010. Release date TBA, but you can watch the trippy teaser video, along with more details, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Doomriders are set to release their new album, Grand Blood, on October 15 via Deathwish and they just released a new single from it called "Dead Friends." It's pretty straight-forward party metal/rock, if a tad lighter on the melodic-guitar work that marked earlier Doomriders material. You can check it out below.
Doomriders were last in NYC when they played 285 Kent with Red Fang, who just announced a tour which hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 12/11. They also just released a new song, which you can stream below.
Doomriders frontman and guitarist Nate Newton does double duty as the bassist in Converge. Another Converge-related band, Mutoid Man, just announced a NYC show. The trio (aka Converge's Ben Koller, Cave In's Stephen Brodsky, and Brohammer's Nick Cageo) will hit Saint Vitus on Monday (9/23) with Godmaker, Descender, and DJ Jim Carrol, (The Suicide File, The Hope Conspiracy). Tickets for that show will be available at the door.
As discussed, Stephen Brodsky is playing his own Brooklyn show at Union Hall on Friday (9/20) with Jenny Owen Youngs and Mal Blum (tix). He's also since announced another show happening at Silent Barn on October 2 with Wing Dam and Me You Us Them.
Meanwhile, speaking of Kvelertak, they just released a psyched-out cartoon video for "Evig Vandrar," a song from their sophomore album, Meir, which came out earlier this year. Check it out below, along with the full list of High on Fire/Kvelertak tour dates, which also include support at select shows from Windhand (who recently played Saint Vitus) and Pack of Wolves...
Mutoid Man is the meeting of Ben Koller of Converge with Stephen Brodsky of Cave In, a new project that also features bassist Nick Cageo of Brohammer. The band is prepping the release of their new LP, Helium Head (art above), via Magic Bullet Records on November 29. The first released track is "Gnarcissist" that features the signature jaw-dropping fills of Koller and Brodsky's clean vocals, but is an entirely different trajectory from both bands. Stream it below.
Mutoid Man's new track also appears on the latest Magic Bullet Records compilation alongside tracks by Integrity, This Will Destroy You, Rot in Hell, Wormwood and more. Head below for a full stream of the comp.
In related news, Stephen Brodsky will bless Saint Vitus Thursday night (8/29) alongside Snake Oil and PC Worship, a
one-off for the now-Greenpoint-er. Tickets are on sale.
UPDATE: He also plays Union Hall on September 20 with Jenny Owen Youngs and Mal Blum. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Head below for the Magic Bullet compilation stream.
by Fred Pessaro
Down / Sleep / Melvins @ MDF 2013
Maryland Deathfest has closed another chapter after this past weekend, hosting sets from bands like Carcass, Sleep, Bolt Thrower, Midnight, Infest, Melvins and more across four days and as many stages. The outside stage came to an abrupt halt with a late cancellation of Carpathian Forest due to visa issues, followed by the power going off in the middle of Venom's performance of "Warhead":
In case you were wondering what happened during Venom's set last night, an unexpected strict curfew change from 12 am to 11 PM occurred over the weekend. At the time the schedule was made, we were told it would not be a problem to finish at midnight on Sunday, so this added to our list of headaches dealt with over the weekend. We realize it is fucked up and disrespectful to have to cut a set short, but we would've been facing a whole raft of shit and a very hefty fine had we not stopped when we did.Despite those issues, the festival featured some jawdropping performances, and you can see photo sets from the festival's day one, day two, day three and day four. You can also see additional photos from Maryland Deathfest at the InvisibleOranges Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
In addition, we caught some sets from bands touring to MDF in the recent days too. Check out photos of Terveet Kadet / Iron Lung / Massgrav at Saint Vitus, Hellshock / Kromosom at Acheron, and Converge at Saint Vitus.
There are still quite a few bands on the road as part of MDF. You can catch Deiphago at Saint Vitus tonight (5/28, tickets), Weedeater at Saint Vitus on Wednesday (5/29, tickets) and Cobalt at Saint Vitus on 5/31 (tickets).
James Murphy aboard SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Staying in NYC this weekend? There's actually no shortage of things to do here, even though the weather forecast is less than ideal. Head below for our top 10 list of events going on this Memorial Day Weekend.
Converge at Decibel, 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)
Converge will team with Meek Is Murder, Trenchfoot and Dead Serious at Saint Vitus on May 25 and tickets are on sale. The show is part of a weekend that will see the Massachusetts hardcore quartet also head toward an appearance at Maryland Deathfest, joining names like Bolt Thrower, Infest, and more. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Maryland Deathfest, the festival recently announced the cancellation of Gehenna "due to pressing legal matters" and the addition of Ringworm. Tickets are still available for Maryland Deathfest.
The Boston hardcore and metal scene has banded together in the wake of the marathon attack, forming a benefit show for the victims of the tragedy. The lineup is nothing less than stellar, featuring a headlining appearance from Slapshot along with Converge (who will play MDF), Dropdead (who recently played NYC), Wrecking Crew, Doomriders, New Lows, The Revilers, For the Worse, Insult & Sexcrement. The show goes down at South Shore Music Hall in May 6 in Quincy, MA. Tickets are still available.
photos by Shaun Regan
Converge @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 1/19/2012
Congrats to Decibel Magazine on their 100th issue, who celebrated in style in their native Philadelphia on Jan 19th at Union Transfer. Featuring a headlining appearance from Converge as well as well as Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken, the show was also chockful of guests including John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats, a regular contributor), J Bennett, Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates), John Baizley (Baroness, who would open for Neurosis the next night at the same venue) and more. Pictures from Converge's set are in this post and a full review and photo set is available at at Invisible Oranges.
In addition, the magazine announced their annual tour which will feature appearances from Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Immolation. So far details regarding dates are still TBA, but we'll let you know when those surface.
More pictures from Converge's set at Union Transfer, plus a few live videos, are below...