Swiss jazz grindcore collective CONVULSIF have just unveiled a music video for a brand new track from their forthcoming new album “Extinct”, which is set for release on October 23rd via Hummus Records.
Titled “The Axe Will Break”, the video is now playing at Decibel Magazine, who commented “With influences that smear metal, drone-doom, industrial noise, avant-garde, ambient, electronica, hardcore punk, classical and yes, jazz and grind across a wall of sandpaper and a sound hailing from the murky worlds of GOD, Godflesh, Swans, Naked City, Napalm Death, Painkiller, Boredoms, Neurosis and Cows, Extinct also quickly became one of my favourite albums of the year.”
Recorded live at Blend Studio, the follow-up to their fourth album “IV” sees the group comprised of Jamasp Jhabvala (violin/electronics), Christian Muller (clarinet/electronic s), Loïc Grobéty (bass) and Maxime Hänsenberger (drums) pushing the boundaries of extreme and alternative music by fusing the intricacies of jazz music, the eerie textures of noise and the brutality of grindcore. Pre-orders are now available at this location.
If you missed it, watch the video for the track “Torn From The Stone” below.
“Extinct” is an expedition to extremes – darkness and speed, contrast and vigor, momentum and flow. Convulsif’s fifth album is ever self-inventing gloomy rock in the abyss between such subgenres as noise, metal, jazz and grindcore.
When the band toured in Cuba in 2018, they challenged themselves to never repeat a set and every night had to be different from the ones before. They switched the order of songs or stepped up the improvised elements, to recreate the moment’s mood in their sinister sound and universe. On the album they used their live-skills to play a tight, hypnotic and rich flow that keeps shattering common conceptions of rock music.
Originally, the album was supposed to be called “V“, following the band’s previous album titles from I to IV.” Somehow we got from V to the Big Five and from there – ruthless men fidgeting with guns and lives – to the acute species extinction on this planet right now.” Says the band about the choice of the album title. How to make music in dire times? How to illuminate darkness when there’s only shadows at hand? The song titles on the album are taken from Charles Darwin, the luminary of disbelief, and are cut up and mashed up lines of his Beagle Diary.
Swiss collective Convulsif is a bass (sinister), drums (diabolic), a bass clarinet (vicious) and a violin (fierce). The correct word is fierce, don’t let whatever violin lessons you took in your childhood trick you into believing otherwise, classical instruments have an evil side and this band gives genuine proof of that. Convulsif is dark and surprisingly addictive. A quartet of mad experimental extremists, they play the perfect aural delirium made from doom, noise, and drone. Nightmarish, repetitive, ritualized. Relentlessly they take possession of your cortex and brand it with their monolithic sound. The band doesn’t fit in pre-established categories with its complex, distinct and intense pieces.
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