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CONVERGE shares quick video from studio working on new album

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Chaotic hardcore veterans CONVERGE are crafting new masterpiece at guitarist Kurt Ballou’s God City Studio. Drummer Ben Koller shared studio footage earlier today, July 3rd, showing himself, Ballou, and bassist Nate Newton working on “new stuff.”

CONVERGE’s last full-length album, “The Dusk In Us,” was released in 2017. The group also co-released “Bloodmoon: I” with Chelsea Wolfe in November of 2021.


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There currently is no timeline for when the new material is to be released.

Drummer Ben Koller recently hinted at what fans can expect from the upcoming record, stating: “It’s all over the place. We have crowdkilling, FUGAZI, MARS VOLTA, ENTOMBED, mathcore madness, slow Nate riffs where I play too fast, shitty riffs, emo riffs… This could be our best album yet no joke. We should probably ditch the shitty riffs though.”

CONVERGE is an American metalcore band formed by vocalist and artist Jacob Bannon and guitarist and producer Kurt Ballou in Salem, Massachusetts in 1990.

While recording their landmark fourth album, “Jane Doe,” in 2001, the group became a four-piece with the departure of guitarist Aaron Dalbec and the addition of bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller. This lineup has remained intact since. The members have also been involved in various side projects and collaborations, including the bands SUPERMACHINER (Bannon), OLD MAN GLOOM (Newton), and MUTOID MAN (Koller). With their extremely aggressive and boundary-pushing sound, rooted in hardcore and heavy metal, they are pioneers of metalcore and its subgenre mathcore.

CONVERGE rose to prominence with “Jane Doe,” which was ranked the best album of 2001 by Terrorizer, the best album of the decade by Sputnikmusic, and later the 61st-best metal album of all time by Rolling Stone.

They have moved from Equal Vision Records to the larger label Epitaph Records, and their record production became more elaborate and expensive.

Special releases are often handled by Deathwish Inc., established by Bannon in 1999.

Their latest releases are their ninth studio album “The Dusk in Us” (2017) and their first full-length collaboration, “Bloodmoon: I” (2021) with Chelsea Wolfe. According to AllMusic, they are “regarded as one of the most original and innovative bands to emerge from the punk underground.”

CONVERGE is about to tear through Europe with some wild shows lined up for 2024. See the details HERE.

Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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