Legendary bands Converge and Napalm Death have come together for a split release, bridging the worlds of personal and politically driven extreme music.
Recorded as part of their new album sessions, Converge offer up the blazing new song “No Light Escapes“. Already a staple of their live set, this whirlwind of an emotional charged song is a soon to be a discordant hardcore/metal anthem for the band. Also on the release, Converge offer a “We Are The World” styled rendition of the influential Entombed classic “Wolverine Blues“. Joining them in tribute is a number of friends including Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates, Lock Up), Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Split Cranium), Kevin Baker (All Pigs Must Die, The Hope Conspiracy), Brian Izzi (Trap Them), and more. A new Converge album will surface later in 2012 on Epitaph/Deathwish Inc.
On the flip side, metal pioneers Napalm Death offer up two new aural monsters. First, “Will By Mouth” erupts in classic grind fashion. A buzz of brutal guitars and a crushing blast beat lay a foundation for Barney Greenway‘s vicious vocal attack. All of it uniquely bleeding together to paint a vivid picture of social unrest. Also on the release, Napalm Death offer the slower and textural new song “No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal)“. A deeply resonant number that lyrically sheds light on the horrific Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. Without question, “No Impediment…” is truly a powerful and poignant moment for this legendary band.
This past winter something happened that I never thought would. American Nightmare (Give Up The Ghost) got back together to play 2 shows at the end of this past December. Now whether or not they plan on pursuing the band can neither be confirmed or denied, but at the very least they are releasing a documentary for our viewing pleasure.
Now, from the trailer you can watch past the break, I can assume that a lot if not all the performance footage will be included as well as interviews with the band and all parties involved such a Chris Wrenn (Bridge Nine Records) and Jacob Bannon (Frontman for Converge and Co-owner of Deathwish Inc.) Let me say, for the record, that I couldn’t be more excited for this. American Nightmare was a big deal for me growing up and is still a big influence on me today. Now please, go and enjoy the 11 minute trailer.
Ten years ago I was 14 at the start of my teenage years trying to figure out the person I wanted to be. I had already been raised on steady diet of independent punk and hardcore bands to widen my music palette, but nothing could prepare me for this album. This album has been beaten to death for the last ten years for changing independent music and rightfully so. So I would like to share with you my Retro Review with you on Converge‘s “Jane Doe“. Enjoy.
Earlier this year Converge made a few awesome announcements one including a Split release with them and Dropdead, which of course blew my mind. The release saw light on Converge‘s recent Spring tour with Trap Them with a severe variety of different colors. Curious to know my thoughts? Read past the break for my review. Enjoy!
Converge has cancelled the remainder of their current tour as the result of a “serious health scare.” The band has issued the following statement: “Unfortunately on our day drive from St. Louis to Austin, one of our members had a serious health scare. We rushed him to the nearest ER were he was looked at by some fine Oklahoma doctors. After a night’s stay in the hospital and a battery of tests we were able to have him discharged earlier today. We are now racing (quite literally) to make it to our show at Chaos In Tejas, albeit extremely late, to play an abbreviated set. Wish us luck.
“Because of this health issue, we are canceling the remaining few shows of this current U.S. tour so he can get home and get some medical attention asap. To those in Little Rock, Nashville, and Raleigh, we will add you to our list of places for make up shows later down the road. Thanks to all of you for your continued support, it is appreciated by all of us.” UPDATE: The affected band member is bassist Nate Newton.
The second Touche Amore announced they were writing/recording a new album, it instantly became the most anticipated album of the year for me. Very few bands have gained the amount of attention and momentum that Touche Amore in the past year. From doing self releases to now being signed to Deathwish Inc., things are changing for the band. Did this affect their sophomore release for better or worse? Was the album worth crashing the Deathwish Inc. E-Store? Read past the break for my review of “Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me. Enjoy!
Deafheaven are no doubt one of the best bands I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. Their debut full length “Roads To Judah” just came out and looks to be one of the best albums of this year. Vocalist George Clarke recently took the time to answer a few questions with me concerning the new album as well as their upcoming tour. Enjoy!
Read past the break for my interview with George Clarke!
Touché Amoré have released their first video ever for the song “Home Away From Here” off their upcoming full length/Deathwish Inc. debut “Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me”. Lead singer Jeremy Bolm had this to say about the video:
“The thought of doing a music video in this day & age along with this world we’re involved in has always felt a bit odd. But after seeing some of Derek’s videos online, we got inspired. Whether anyone saw it or not, we knew it would be a good time. Derek puts together stop motion videos using still photographs and has quite the talent for piecing it all together. We brought him along for a short run of West Coast shows in April of 2011. He shot 65,000 photos for this project. The song is called “Home Away From Here” and it’s about traveling and finding comfort in the struggle of trying to survive. We wanted him to capture everything candid of what its like to tour. Driving, unloading, hanging out, playing, sleeping on floors, etc. Derek did a fantastic job!!!”
This video is awesome and gets me even more hyped up for their upcoming album. It’s definitely my most anticipated album of the year. For Touché Amoré’s upcoming tour dates please read past the break!
Deafheaven vocalist George Clarke was gracious enough to share his Top 10 Horror Movie List. There was definitely one in particular I was surprised to see mentioned. Also if you can make it out to your local record store I’d strongly suggest to pick up Deafheaven’s debut album “Roads To Judah”. If you can’t grab it there pick it up from Deathwish Inc.!
Read past the break for George Clarke’s Top 10 List as well Deafheaven’s tour dates for the upcoming North American tour!
A few weeks ago I got the awesome pleasure of interviewing Touche Amore’s singer Jeremy Bolm. Touche Amore have had a fantastic year touring with big names such as Envy, Converge and Thursday not to mention a tour in Europe as well as releasing two 7″s that are mind blowing. Jeremy and I got to talk about what Touche Amore has planned as well as some of his favorite horror movies. Enjoy!
108 Vocalist Robert Fish has officially announced his departure from hardcore act 108. Their new album “18.61″ will still be released April 13 through Deathwish Inc. and as of right now there will not be any final shows or shows in support of the new album.
Robert Fish released the following statement:
“Aside from the practical side of being in a band with members spread throughout different continents I have found myself struggling to find my place within 108 due to the personal evolution I have gone through. I still find myself, at my core, aligned to the spirit of 108 but I am no longer comfortable with what 108 represents to most people and how that aligns to who I am. Over the years I have tried my best to disregard that aspect of being in 108 but I am tired of answering the questions about it and, more importantly, wrestling with how I address it personally without misrepresenting the rest of the band. We are a band with meaning but not a band defined by a meaning. What does that mean exactly?“