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Future Hits 155: Palm

September 10th, 2013

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PALM
From: Osaka, Japan
Lazy equation: All Pigs Must Die, Trap Them, Black Breath etc
URL: Facebook // Bandcamp // Twitter

Thrash Hits verdict: Japanese bands of the heavy inclination are few and far between, but when they’re good, they’re bloody amazing. Think of Envy, Crossfaith and FACT, for instance. Palm are absolutely the heaviest of the bunch and they play searing, crusty hardcore in the vein of those bands up there, influenced by the likes of “Slayer, Pantera, Entombed, early Sepultura, early Cave In [and] Neurosis”. They recorded an album, My Darkest Friends with Alan Douches (Baroness, 3 Inches of Blood) and had the cover designed by Converge’s Jacob Bannon. It all fits together.

While bassist, Yoshiyasu Morita, drummer, Kenta Nakanishi and vocalist, Toshihiko Takahashi have now been together for a decade, guitarist, Ryouta Sugimoto joined the band a couple of years ago and Palm have been on an upward trajectory ever since. The singer, however, is the sole remaining founding member, so we had a chat to him about Palm.

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WATCH: Jacob Bannon of Converge documentary by Noisey/Vice

January 23rd, 2013

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The famously non-reflective Jacob Bannon is seen here in extra-reflective mood. Soundtracked by strings, long moments of Bannon staring into the camera and absolutely no extraneous fun, this 12-minute documentary from Noisey – Vice’s music channel – focuses on Bannon’s formative years and it’s actually great. It’s the kind of film that wins awards because instead of being puerile and silly, it deals with “emotions” and “feelings” and other things that morons put in quote marks when they’re being puerile and silly.

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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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FREE STUFF: Download Deathwish, Inc.’s 21-track 2012 Summer Sampler, featuring the likes of Narrows, Give Up The Ghost, and Touché Amoré

June 1st, 2012

Another day; another shedload of FREE MUSIC for you to download. Today it’s the turn of Deathwish, Inc., the label co-founded by Converge’s Jacob Bannon, as they’ve just released a free “Summer 2012” label sampler. When you take a look at the tracklisting – featuring the likes of Narrows, Oathbreaker, Heiress, Whips/Chains, Rise And Fall, Give Up The Ghost (aka American Nightmare), Single Mothers, Self Defense Family, Cursed, Touché Amoré, and Deafheaven – you can see that this is no piddly compilation of also-rans and lightweights.

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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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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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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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