Last year, after the Boston marathon bombings, there was an outpouring of community and selfless acts to alleviate the wounds and despair caused by the tragic events of that day. Many bands and musicians across all scenes came together in whatever way they could to pool their talents in the relief effort. Many included benefit shows and concerts with proceeds going to different charities. A great focus and driving charity efforts were geared toward The One Fund Boston, which was established by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston mayor Thomas Menino to distribute support to the victims of the bombings.
On May 6th, 2013, a benefit show was set up and bands Converge, Slapshot, Doomriders, The Wrecking Crew, and meny others from the Boston hardcore and metal scenes performed. The event, which was sold out almost immediately, raised close to $15,000 for the One Fund. Now almost a year later, the money is missing and the whereabouts of one of the promoters responsible for the collection and turning in the donations to the One Fund is missing.
Instead of quoting and paraphraing the article on Vanyaland that has broken the news, it is best for you to read for yourself to avoid any misinformation. Click here for the full article.
Seeing the hardcore and metal underground community come together for a cause such as this, is very telling on the type of characters and people that make up this fringe and aggressive music genre. Their hearts are as a big and loud as heavy and noisy as their guitars and voices are. But then to see all their efforts and selfless acts stolen in such a manner as the promoter has done, it’s heartbreaking and a very negative glimpse into the level of selfishness and greed of one individual.
08/01 Viveiro, Spain @ Resurrection Festival w/ Turbonegro, Down, Obituary, Gojira, and more
08/02 Albi, France @ Xtreme Fest w/ Obituary, Gojira, Suffocation, and more
08/03 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie w/ Martyrdod, Okkultokrati
08/04 Manchester, UK @ Club Academy w/ Martyrdod, Okkultokrati
08/05 Glasgow, Scotland @ Classic Grand w/ Martyrdod, Okkultokrati
08/06 London, UK @ Scala w/ Martyrdod, Okkultokrati
08/07 Koln, Germany @ Underground w/ Martyrdod, Okkultokrati
08/08 Ieper, Belgium @ Ieper Fest w/ Jesu, Gorguts, Zero Boys, and more
08/09 Jaromer, Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival w/ Jesu, Gorguts, Obituary, and more
08/10 Budapest, Hungary @ A38 w/ Martyrdod, Okkultokrati
08/11 Salzburg, Austria @ Rockhouse w/ Martyrdod, Okkultokrati
08/12 Maribor, Slovenia @ MC Pekarna w/ Martyrdod, Okkultokrati
08/13 Milan, Italy @ Magnolia Open Air w/ Martyrdod, Okkultokrati
08/14 Stuggart, Germany @ Universum w/ Martyrdod, Okkultokrati
08/15 Le Locle, Switzerland @ Rock Altitude Festival w/ Down, Red Fang, and more
08/16 Ubersee am Chiemsee, Germany @ Chiemsee Summer Festival w/ Blink 182, and more
08/17 Grossposna, Germany @ Highfield Festival w/ Placebo, Blink 182, and more
Converge has reissued their double LP combo of Petitioning The Empty Sky and When Forever Comes Crashing. Combined as Petitioning Forever, this reissued version features updated packaging and 24 bit audio from 2005 remixed/remastered versions of the release.
Remixed by CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou @ Godcity Studios and remastered by Alan Douches @ West West Side. These two sonic visionaries have brought new life to these truly classic recordings, allowing them to rage forth with a level of aural intensity many never thought possible. In collaboration with EVR (who have released the CD versions of these reissues) Deathwish are proud to offer both classic albums packaged together in one breathtaking 2XLP Gatefold package. Featuring design from CONVERGE vocalist Jacob Bannon, this stunning combined release also features original artwork from acclaimed artist Aaron Turner (Isis, Hydrahead Records). These reissues serve as a sincere “thank you” to supporters, friends, family, and hopefully those yet to discover them. Reminding all of us of a remarkable period in aggressive music when out of the muck and mire of stagnation, artistry, integrity and passion shined above all else. Igniting the now 15 year reign of influence of CONVERGE, which still continues today.
Petitioning Forever 2×12″ LP is available right now to order from Deathwish Inc on a very nice Transparent Red vinyl color. Click here.
01. The Saddest Day
06. Buried But Breathing
07. Farewell Note To This City
08. Color Me Blood Red
09. Love As Arson (Alternate Version)
10. My Unsaid Everything
11. The High Cost Of Playing God
12. In Harms Way
14. The Lowest Common Denominator
15. Towing Jehovah
16. When Forever Comes Crashing
17. Ten Cents
18. Year Of The Swine
19. Love As Arson (Original Version)
20. Better And Then Some
Having recently joined Napalm Records to release their new album, Cavalera Conspiracy, the group comprised of brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera (both ex-Sepultura and Max currently in Soulfly) have announced that they will be joined by Converge‘s Nate Newton. Newton will assume all bass duties for the band’s new album expected to be out sometime next year.
Newton went to Converge‘s Facebook page to comment on the collaboration and quell any possible rumors that he’s leaving the Boston hardcore outfit:
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! – Nate
As a fan of everything Converge and Sepultura/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy, this is much-welcomed and fantastic news.
Continuing with prior releases of recordings of their bands performing live at the legendary BBC studios, Deathwish Inc. will be releasing a new 7″ EP of Converge. It’ll be out soon and more info to be releases later.
Converge “Live at the BBC” was recorded live by Simon Askew in the historic Studio MV4 at Maida Vaile Studios at the BBC in London, August 2010. Studio MV4 is the previous home to the legendary John Peel sessions, which birthed legendary recordings from artists like New Order, The Cure, Carcass, Napalm Death and countless others.
The recording boasts live in the studio renditions of “Dark Horse”, “Axe To Fall”, “Damages”, as well as a rare, electrified version of “Hanging Moon” (the original “You Fail Me” recording features only acoustic guitars).
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.