If you’ve gone this long listening to metal and you dont know who Converge is, do yourself a favor and go look them up immediately. You’ll be doing yourself a favor. Converge are one of those bands that don’t really fall into any specific category. They’re hardcore, metal, chaotic, and extreme. You might recognize the iconic Jane Doe album cover, a cover that in this writer’s opinion should be considered one of the greatest album covers of all time. Converge, if you had to call them anything, would fall somewhere between hardcore punk and metal. It’s hard to describe Converge’s sound without using the words “pissed off” and “chaotic.” Yet, you won’t find a band today that hasn’t taken influences from Converge. The band’s (amazing) latest release, Axe To Fall, was critically acclaimed all across the board. Receiving 10/10 stars from Decibel Magazine, they also ranked Axe To Fall as the number 2 in the Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2009. Just one of the many awards the album received from publishers across the US and UK. Converge are a visceral band, always have been and always will be, they’re not exactly easy to get into but are truly unlike any other band, mostly because other bands can’t keep up. Converge are abrasive in every sense of the word and bring near perfect, album quality sound to their intense live shows.
Also touring with Converge this year are the upcoming death punks, Trap Them. Named in AP Magazine Top 100 Bands to Know In 2011, Trap Them could be called an angrier version of Converge. If you know Converge you know this is no easy feat, yet listening to Trap Them you hear a pissed off combination of grindcore and crust punk. Trap Them were recently on tour with Black Breath and Mammoth Grinder this past winter for Scion A/V Metal, events putting on FREE shows featuring extreme metal bands, featuring guitarist Andy Williams of Every Time I Die. When watching Trap Them you’ll notice vocalist, Ryan McKenney, and how there isn’t a minute where he doesn’t look pissed off and truly angry while he scream his lyrics, you’ll hear the buzzsaw guitars shredding away, and the grindcore like drums not just limited to blast beats, but playing so fast it’s hard not to call them noise. But with all these elements mixed together, it brings you one of the fiercest bands out there today. Check out Trap Them’s newest release A Darker Handcraft out now, and their older releases including Filth Rations, and Seizures in Barren Praise. All of which were produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge.
Burning Love, also featured on this tour, from Toronto, Canada, remind you of a heavier version of The Bronx. A rockin’ band that are still fast and heavy, but you could convince any diehard Motorhead fan to love.
Short of being a religious experience, this promises to be a great show. So get your tickets quickly!
Converge will be playing at Reggies Rock Club May 30th. For tickets and information click here.