On January 19th this year, Decibel magazine celebrated its 100th issue with a special show in Philadelphia. The footage was shot and compiled to make the “Decibel’s 100th Issue Show: The Movie” which you can pick up now as a limited edition DVD (here).
A who’s-who of extreme music luminaries crisscross the globe to celebrate Decibel’s 100th Issue Celebration Show at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. Somehow, we captured the madness on DVD. Decibel’s 100th Issue Show: The Movie not only includes a two-hour film featuring blistering performances by Converge, Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken.
A clip of Converge performing “Locust Reign” from The Poacher Diaries split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed can be seen below now.
Jane Doe 2xLP has been repressed in Translucent Blue while Axe To Fall on White. Limited numbers as usual. But we’re guessing still plenty to go around this time.
To order, head on over to Deathwish Inc.’s webstore here.
Much like the Jane Doe shirt done for the Red Cross and Boston OneFund after the marathon bombings, CONVERGE are releasing a special shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Which as we know, it’s this month. The sales of the special pink colorway of the Jane Doe image for the shirt will go 100% to cancer research.
From the band:
October is breast cancer awareness month and after participating in fundraisers for the Red Cross and for Boston OneFund, we’re extending this years holiday season’s fundraiser to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We’ll be sending 100% of the proceeds to the institute in order to help in the fight against cancer.
The shirt will be available for only 3 weeks and we’ll have them in stock in early November. So please, act quickly and support a great cause.
If you’re interested as well, you can find out how to help: Dana Farber Cancer Institute
To pre-order, click here
Originally released in 2012, Converge completed a split 7″ EP with Napalm Death that included some new tracks and a cover song by both bands. Of these tracks, Converge‘s cover of Entombed’s “Wolverine Blues” garnered the most attention as it was done in a different approach in which guest vocalists handled different sections of the song. The track featured the vocals handled by Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy, All Pigs Must Die), Brian Izzi (Trap Them), Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates, Disfear), and Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom). Jacob Nannon also handled the vocals as well.
Now Converge has released Pound For Pound: The Wolverine Blues Sessions EP which is the five different tracks by each vocalist for the song.
“Pound For Pound: The Wolverine Blues Sessions” Digital EP from Converge features our rendition of “Wolverine Blues” originally written and performed by Entombed, presented as five different tracks.
Each vocalist recorded a full version of the song which we used to compile into the final version included on the Converge and Napalm Death Split 7″EP. This Digital EP is the complete mixes of each guest vocalist who contributed to the final track, presented as five unique versions of the song.
If you like what you hear, please support all of the artists by purchasing our music and apparel.
1. Wolverine Blues w/ Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, etc)
2. Wolverine Blues w/ Jacob Bannon (Converge, Wear Your Wounds)
3. Wolverine Blues w/ Kevin Baker (APMD, The Hope Conspiracy, etc)
4. Wolverine Blues w/ Nate Newton (Converge, Doomriders, Old Man Gloom, etc)
5. Wolverine Blues w / Tompa (Disfear, At The Gates, etc) and Kurt (Converge, etc)
Listen and download now below. Link here.
Premiering on January 22nd via NOISEY is the much-awaited and highly-anticipated mini-documentary on Converge‘s Jacob Bannon. Titled “Rungs in a Ladder: Jacob Bannon”, the mini-doc was directed by Ian McFarland, focuses on Bannon’s artistic endeavors from his music with Converge and art and design, just to name a few of his passions.
“Rungs in a Ladder” is the latest short form documentary by production team McFarland and Pecci. A meditation on life, art, and purpose, the film centers around Jacob Bannon, an accomplished visual artist and frontman for hardcore band Converge, a group that has been carving its own iconoclastic path through the extreme music landscape for over twenty years. Bannon reflects on the formative events in his life as well as his continuing commitment to creation rather than destruction. A commitment that, he explains, is informed as much by anger as it is by survival. The documentary is a single continuous thought that sprawls in multiple directions but ultimately culminates in a sobering and uplifting statement of purpose.
Directed by Ian McFarland, “Rungs in the Ladder” is the latest in an ongoing series of documentaries by McFarland and Pecci profiling people carving a meaningful existence for themselves on the fringes of society. Celebrated filmmakers, the McFarland and Pecci team has been making incisive, thought provoking content for years. “Rungs in the Ladder” continues their own steadfast commitment to the will fill act of creation.
Stay tuned to NOISEY on Jan. 22nd for the premiere.
Converge‘s Caring and Killing was originally released back in 1997. The CD-only release was a compilation featuring most of Converge‘s debut album Halo in a Haystack and additional songs found of compilations, a few demos, and a few others previously unreleased. The album was out of print. Now, Hydra Head has announced plans to release the album on vinyl with update artwork from Aaron Turner (ISIS) and Jacob Bannon.
As part of the mission to revitalize their great label, Hydra Head will soon be releasing “Caring and Killing” the first original recordings from Converge, on vinyl.
This is not new music. This collection of early Converge material from 1991 to 1994 has existed for many years on CD and Digital formats. However this new and improved version of this release features revamped packaging from Aaron Turner and J. Bannon. The release has also been remastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music and in sonically superior to any previous versions on the release.
More later as updates and release date become available.
February 12 Amplifier, Perth
February 13 Fowlers, Adelaide Lic / AA
February 14 Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
February 15 Billboard, Melbourne
February 16 Manning Bar, Sydney
February 17 Hi Fi, Brisbane
Created by user tentalker, this 20-minute video is a musical and visual walk and listen of Converge‘s 20-year history. The video and visuals start with the earliest of Converge‘s music from their 1991 Gravel demo all the way to their 2009 release Axe To Fall.
It’s a very creative video and an excellent glimpse into all that is Converge‘s music in 20 minutes. Perfect for someone who has never heard the band’s music or anyone curious to hear how their sound has evolved in 20 years.
Just shot today, or is tomorrow already over there in Sweden? Anyways. Converge are in the tail-end of their European tour with Touche Amore. And at their performance in Stockholm at Strand, they played their cover of Entombed’s “Wolverine Blues” with none other than Entombed‘s Lars Göran Petrov joining them on vocals to take over his band’s song. The video was shot by TA’s Jeremy Bolm and as expected, it’s all kinds of awesome! A true meeting of great bands and sounds.
A quick thanks to our friends over at The PRP for finding this delightful Monday morning treat. At a recent stop in Dallas, TX on their current tour with Torche, Kvelertak, and Whips/Chains, the headliner decided to bring a little mirth to the world of metal with a delightful cover of Vince Guaraldi‘s “Linus And Lucy.” If you feel sadness, this should help remove it. The world is a better place.