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Converge is a 4-piece American band, formed in February of 1990 in Salem, Massachusetts, United States. Playing a blend of extreme metal and hardcore punk, this pioneer outfit helped define a lot of the rudiments of the fast-burgeoning metalcore and mathcore genres. To date they have released nine full-length studio albums, as well as a number of live albums, EPs and split releases.

They first started by playing covers of hardcore, punk and heavy metal songs, being self-confessed "hardcore kids with leftover Slayer riffs". Read more on Last.fm

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Hevy Festival announces Converge, Will Haven, and 13 other bands in first announcement 2012

January 27th, 2012

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Hevy Festival has announced its first fifteen bands for 2012 – they are Converge, Will Haven, Protest The Hero, Deaf Havana, Verse, The Chariot, A Wilhelm Scream, Deez Nuts, Set Your Goals, Trapped Under Ice, Pianos Become The Teeth, Balance and Composure, Sharks, Last Witness, and Crocus. Sweeeeeeet.

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Live: Converge + Trap Them @ New York Santos Party House – 25 May 2011

June 1st, 2011

We landed ourselves in New York last week and a quick scan of the gig listings saw that Converge were playing at Andrew W.K.’s club, Santos Party House with Trap Them in support. Now then. We love Converge and Trap Them’s new album, Darker Handcraft is one of the best of 2011 so far. Hanging out in Andrew W.K.’s is a no brainer. We got in. We partied hard.

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Sonisphere Festival 2010: Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

August 6th, 2010

It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time it’s for Sonisphere! All of our Sonisphere Festival 2010 coverage from the weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need need. That means individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and maybe even some reviews), all the dodgy rumours and salacious gossip we overhear, and every lewd photo of fit girls frolicking about at Knebworth we can rustle up will be here.

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End of the Decade: bits & bobs celebrating the 2000s (Noughties?)

December 31st, 2009

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Linkin Park are the biggest selling band of this decade, nay, century. That’s a statement that really hurts, isn’t it. They’ve sold more records than Metallica, Iron Maiden or even The Beatles. Yes, feel free to weep because there doesn’t seem like much to celebrate. Right? WRONG!

There really have been some amazing bands, albums and songs that have have had an amazing effect over the past ten years and we’re going to focus on them with loads of celebratory articles about them. And this is where you can find all of them. Handy, eh?

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Album: Converge – Axe To Fall

October 19th, 2009

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Converge
Axe To Fall
Epitaph Records
19 October 2009

by Mike Strata

There is a massive temptation to greet every new release from Massachusetts’ favourite sons with a foam-at-the-mouth kind of hysteria usually reserved for teen idols. The devotion inspired by Converge is built on the rock-solid foundation of an almost flawless back catalogue, and so the band find themselves in the rather unenviable position of being expected to deliver a classic album every single time.

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Glassjaw/Thursday/Converge supergroup record gets a release date

August 6th, 2008

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The powerviolence supergroup United Nations are releasing their eponymous debut album on 9 September 2008 through Eyeball Records.

Featuring Daryl Palumbo (pictured above in the ill-fated Tuned Magazine) of Glassjaw and Head Automatica, Geoff Rickly of Thursday and Ben Koller of Converge, United Nations are going to spit out some gnarly sounds.

This album is going to heavier and dirtier than your mother. And the track titles are bloody great. ‘The Shape of Punk That Never Came’? Amazing.

United Nations self-titled album tracklisting
‘The Spinning Heart of the Yo-Yo Lobby’
‘No Sympathy For A Sinking Ship’
‘Resolution #9’
‘Model UN’
‘The Shape of Punk That Never Came’
‘My Cold War’
‘Filmed In Front of A Live Studio Audience’
‘Revolutions In Graphic Design’
‘I Keep Living The Same Day’
‘Subliminal Testing’
‘Say Goodbye to General Figment of the USS Imagination’

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Live: Converge @ Camden Underworld, London – 18 July 2008 + photos

July 14th, 2008

Massive Converge fan, Tony Hampton reports back on one of the best gigs of the year while Karen Toftera brings us some great photography from the previous week’s show, also at the Underworld.

RARGH (again)

One question hangs above the packed Underworld tonight: just how is it possible that four people can make a sound like this? A sound this agressive; a sound this moving; a sound this awe-inspiring.

Boston’s Converge – Jacob Bannon, Ben Koller, Nate Newton and Kurt Ballou – are quite simply a force of nature, and they generate more emotion in an hour than most people will manage in an entire lifetime.

Tearing headlong into ‘No Heroes’, the set is pure hardcore perfection. ‘Lonewolves’, ‘The Broken Vow’, ‘Vengeance’, ‘Hellbound’, ‘Hope Street’ (all 70 seconds worth), ‘Concubine’ – all delivered with a level of super-human conviction that’s frightening, uplifting and crushing all at once.

The tension of the music is broken down with a stream of good-natured banter between band and crowd. When bassist Newton repeatedly reminds everyone the stage is theirs as much as the bands, its obviously his sincerest wish you should make yourself right at home. The crowd do so, with complete abandon.

Tellingly, and refreshingly, this is the first gig in a long, long time where mobile telephones remain, for the most part, holstered. There’s nobody texting or taking photos because everyone’s eyes and attention are firmly focused on the stage, drinking in every second, eyes like saucers, mouths either engaged in screaming along or hanging wide open in childlike wonderment.

Converge are just about the most electrifying, monumental band in existance and you owe it to yourself to see them live.

You will never see anything as insanely furious and above all rewarding anywhere, that’s not opinion, that’s fact – I can prove it on an Excel spreadsheet – and you’ll be able to mark a very clear divide between your life before you saw them and your life afterwards.

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When Converge are in town, they always make an interesting night of it visually. They brought prolific, pioneering metalcore crew Integrity as well as hardcore trio Coliseum along for the ride on their current European tour.

Karen Toftera was on hand for Thrash Hits .com to take some lovely photographs of the first of Converge’s two headline shows at London’s Camden Underworld.

Converge @ Camden Underworld, London photo gallery

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