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Live: Mutoid Man @ Los Angeles The Echo – 19 March 2014

March 26th, 2014

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It’s nice seeing a band comprised of musicians that you have incredible respect for but it’s bittersweet when it’s a band that, for a variety of reasons, not many people will ever get the chance to see. This was the situation when Raz went down to see Mutoid Man, who have members of Converge and Cave In in their midst, supported by Black Mare in LA.

Six things we learned while watching Mutoid Man in LA…

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Album: Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

October 3rd, 2012

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Converge
All We Love We Leave Behind
Epitaph/Deathwish, Inc.
08 October 2012

by Dan Pelic

Despite existing as a band for nearly 25 years, Converge rarely – if ever – disappoint. They’ve managed to become increasingly relevant; whereas most bands fade further into obscurity with age, maybe breaking up once, twice, or seven times, only to reunite and play whichever back album marked their careers.

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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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