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Hey it’s almost Thanksgiving, and you know what that means: long-lead print publications are publishing their year-end lists! The great metal glossy Decibel dropped theirs today, and there’s a lot to talk about on this thing, so let’s dig in. At No. 1 is Converge’s All We Love We Leave Behind, a totally deserving choice,… More »

This week is a big one for new albums, especially if you like the sounds that electric guitars make when they’re turned up loud. I’m not as besotted with Tame Impala’s new Lonerism as a lot of people seem to be, but the album does a nice job turning ’70s bongwater-psych into a prettily fractal… More »

Every year I’m tempted to — and sometimes do — say “this has been a great year for metal.” It’s a toss-away idea: If you consume the genre obsessively, every year seems sort of great, the chaff turning fuzzy and falling into the background, the favorites cementing themselves in your brain and eardrums. Or maybe… More »

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Stream Old Man Gloom The Ape Of God (Stereogum Premiere)

The promotional campaign/unconventional-release strategy behind Old Man Gloom’s upcoming The Ape Of God is one of the weirdest I’ve ever come across. I’ll recount it as best as I am able: Back in August, the Canadian metal label Profound Lore Records (home to Agalloch, Pallbearer, and a bunch of other awesome bands) sent to media… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 10, 2014 - 10:18 am

Converge Deconstruct “Dark Horse” On Song Exploder

To the untrained ear, the songs of the Boston hardcore legends Converge probably sound like frantic tantrums, but the music is actually made up of intricately structured moving parts, all of which combine to create an effect of absolute ferocity. And in their appearance on the podcast Song Exploder, in which musicians dissect their ow… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Converge – “Precipice / All We Love We Leave Behind” Video

Back in 2013, the Boston hardcore/metal legends Converge earned an Album Of The Week for their furious All We Love We Leave Behind. And though it’s not exactly common practice to drop a video a year and a half after the album comes out, Converge operate on their own timetable, and they’ve just shared a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 16, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Stream Converge All We Love We Leave Behind

Oh, hell yeah. Veteran metalcore brain-annihilators Converge return next week with their new album All We Love We Leave Behind, a pared-down effort with no guests and no, like, mercy. We’ve heard the early tracks “Aimless Arrow” and “Shame In The Way,” and now the entire glorious pummeling 46-minute wreck is streaming online. I’m only… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Converge – “Shame In The Way”

Ferocious hardcore cult heroes Converge release their new album All We Love We Leave Behind next month, and I, for one, cannot wait to hear the thing. We’ve already seen the video for leadoff single “Aimless Arrow,” and now we’ve got a new song in the form of the merciless, complex two-minute banger “Shame I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Converge – “Aimless Arrow” Video

This fall, Converge, the most important hardcore band of the last 20 years or so, will release their new album All We Love We Leave Behind. The album seems to stand in stark contrast to its predecessor, 2009’s ambitious and thoroughly face-ripping Axe To Fall, since it has no guest stars or outside collaborators. Guitarist… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2012 - 11:18 am

Stream Converge’s Axe To Fall

The Massachusetts quartet’s forthcoming seventh album — one of the year’s heaviest and best — is streaming from start to finish at MySpace prior to its 10/19 release. Don’t get whiplash. More »

By: brandon / October 13, 2009 - 11:03 am

New Converge Video – “Axe To Fall”

When we posted “Dark Horse” I went into some detail (aka babbled) about how much I like Converge’s seventh album Axe To Fall. It’s easier to backup the enthusiasm with a second bullet in the chamber in the form of the suffocating title track. Axe, the album, introduces new wrinkles into Converge’s attack (the aforementioned… More »

By: brandon / October 8, 2009 - 12:26 pm

Fuck Yeah Fest 2009 In Photos

In its sixth year, Fuck Yeah Fest had the explicit intention of benefitting California’s state parks, and implicit intention of scaring away media outlets afraid of things with “Fuck” in the title. (Well OK: this year did bring the family friendly name change to FYF Fest, which is pronounced Fuck Yeah Fest Fest I think.)… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 8, 2009 - 12:36 pm

New Converge – “Dark Horse”

Somewhere between releasing 2004’s You Fail Me and No Heroes in 2006, I started seeing Kurt Ballou getting name-checked more as a producer at his Salem-based GodCity studios than as the guitarist of one of Massachusetts’s mightiest exports, Converge. If you take a quick look at what he’s recorded between even just 2008 and now,… More »

By: brandon / August 25, 2009 - 9:30 am